Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon bagged the prestigious President’s Trophy in their respective divisions after earning the highest International Swimming Federation (FINA) points during the 73rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL)-Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) national swimming championships held at the DPS swimming pool in Quezon City.
The 14-year-old Zamora, a Grade 8 student at University of Santo Tomas, had 580 FINA points while Soguilon, a pride of Aklan, got 477.
Besides the trophies, they both received P1,500 in the two-day meet participated by more than 300 swimmers including those from Surigao, Bicol, Laguna, Quezon Province, Cavite, Aklan, Cebu, Iloilo and Pampanga.
“We are now employing this [FINA points] system to bring the competition to the next level. It’s a good challenge for them as they’ll be aiming to surpass their own personal best based on FINA points,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Cavite Sailfish bagged the overall championship title with 1,060 points while Aquaspeed Sailfish placed second (818) and host DPS swimming team wound up third (496).
Rounding up the Top 15 teams were Marikina Aqua Bears (462), Amoranto Swim Team (314), Whimbrel Swim Club (302), Aqua Tierra Swim Team (292), Camp Aguinaldo Streamline (277), Susan Papa Swim Academy (275), St. Scholastica’s College-Manila (262), Angelicum Swim Club (192), Angeles City Penguins (125), Blue Waves Splasher (116), Aklan Swim Team (114) and Elite Swim Team (104).
Twenty-two records were broken in this edition including five from Zamora (boys’ 14 years 50-meter backstroke, 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly), 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle), and four each from Soguilon (girls’ 10 years 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle), and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8 years 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke).
The other record breakers were Sean Elijah Enero (boys’ 15-16 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle), Darwin Tumaneng (boys’ 17-over 400m freestyle and 50m freestyle), Eirik Rivera (boys’ 9 years 50m butterfly), Charles Emmanuel Ticbaen (boys’ 11 years 200m freestyle) and Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 50m backstroke).
“These records are proof that our program is effective. It’s an achievement on our part seeing good results like these. These are the fruits of our labor and we will continue this program, we won’t be getting tired,” added Papa.
So far, the PSL is revving up for three big international tournaments—the 2015 Invitational Swimming Championships in Thailand this month, the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia in April and the World University Games in South Korea in July.