SINGAPORE: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon struck hard with another record-breaking performance in their respective events to lead the country’s 12-gold medal haul in the second day of the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship being held at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC).
Zamora set a new record in the boys’ 14-15 100-meter backstroke with one minute and 2.95 seconds, smashing the 1:04.52 old mark of Asian Games gold medallist and Olympian Joseph Schooling of Singapore in 2010.
It was Zamora’s third record in the tournament after erasing the 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke old marks also held by Schooling.
Soguilon, a Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo standout, also made waves by submitting 1:16.78 in the girls’ 10-11 100m backstroke to surpass the 1:17.44 old mark of Thai Niece Damrongat in 2010.
She added another gold in the 50m freestyle (31.53) to strengthen her bid of claiming the Most Ouststanding Swimmer award in her age-group.
“It’s a great performance by our swimmers breaking record of good swimmers like Schooling and Damrongat. The Singapore Sports School swimmers are here. They are supported by the Singaporean government and it’s nice to compete against strong swimmers like them. Talagang napalaban ng husto ang mga bata natin pero hindi sila nagpapatalo [Our players faced fierce competition but they did not buckle down],” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Diliman Preparatory School’s Gianna Millen Data contributed two gold medals (girls’ 16-17 50m breaststroke, 40.53, and 100m butterfly, 1:19.36) while Maxine Dalmacio (girls’ 10-11 200m freestyle, 2:52.36), Lee Grant Cabral (boys’ 8-9 50m freestyle, 36.20), Martin Jacob Pupos (boys’ 16-17 100m butterfly, 1:01.55), Nigel Timothy Romey (boys’ 12-3 100m backstroke, 1:13.75) and Charize Julian Esmero (girls’ 12-13 100m backstroke, 1:13.79) copped one gold each.
The girls’ 12-13 200m freestyle relay of Esmero, Aalia Jaire Espejo, Danica Mikaela Alba and Riandrea Chico, and the girls’ 16-17 200m freestyle relay of Data, Esmero, Sophia Castillo and Aubrey Ybanez likewise delivered gold medals.
Winning silver medals were Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 8-9 100m backstroke), Marcus Faytaren (boys’ 14-15 200m freestyle), Isis Arnaldo (girls’ 10-11 50m breaststroke), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (boys’ 12-13 50m breaststroke), Gian Nicole Nunez (girls’ 12-13 50m breaststroke), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10-11 50m freestyle), Stephen Michael Abalos (boys’ 10-11 100m backstroke), Mark Daniel Marajucom (boys’ 12-13 100m backstroke), Jason Mirabueno (boys’ 16-17 100m butterfly), Ybanez (50m breaststroke), Romey (50m freestyle), Pupos (100m backstroke), the boys’ 8-9 200m freestyle relay (Cabral, Dula, Joey Del Rosario and Robby Loy), girls’ 8-9 200m freestyle relay (Jasmine Mojdeh, Aubrey Tom, Janelle Blanch and Santien Santos), girls’ 10-11 200m freestyle relay (Arnaldo, Soguilon, Joanna Cervas and Tricia Princillo), boys’ 14-15 200m freestyle relay (Zamora, Faytaren, Paul Christian King Cusing and Ferdinand Ian Trinidad), and boys’ 16-17 200m freestyle (Mirabueno, Cusing, Pupos and Aron Romey).
The bronze medalists were Lowestein Julian Lazaro (boys’ 12-13 100m back), Carl Wilfred Adones (boys’ 12-13 50m breast), Karl Kervee Pastoril (boys’ 10-11 100m back), Shyne Nicole Villagomeza (girls’ 12-13 100m backstroke), Soguilon (50m breast), Cusing (50m breast), Tom (50m free and 100m back), Faytaren (50m free), Ybanez (50m free), the girls’ 14-15 200m free relay (Andrea Ybanez, Jewel Sermonia, Christine Townend and Jayani Balutan), and the boys’ 12-13 200m free relay (Lazaro, Malapitan, Edward John Princillo and Nigel Romey).
So far, the PSL has 22 gold medals counting the country’s 10-gold production in the opening day.
“We’re on track. Our medal target this year is to win 30 gold medals. Marami pang events ang mga bata. Alam nila na malalakas ang kalaban nila pero talagang palaban ang mga batang ito [The team still has more events to participate in. They know that they will face stiff competition but the team has a fighting spirit],” Papa added.
Joining Papa in the delegation are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa, Ephraim Rivera, Joel Villa and Nini Loy.