PERTH, Australia: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen-Kalibo led the list of the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awardees in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge held at the Challenge Stadium.
Zamora got 10 gold medals – 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle relay, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 4x50m medley relay – to claim the boys’ 14 years MOS trophy.
The 10 -year-old Soguilon, on the other hand, copped seven golds – 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle relay, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly—and three silvers, good enough to earned the MOS in the girls’ 10 years category.
Also winning MOS awards in their respective age groups were Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque (girls’ 8 years), Stephen Guzman of Meridian International Learning Experience School (boys’ 11 years) and former University of Perpetual Help’s Martin Jacob Pupos (boys’ 16 years).
Mojdeh delivered six golds (50m breaststroke, 200m medley relay, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle relay), and a silver; Guzman bagged 10 golds (50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle relay, 200m medley relay, 200m IM, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 100m freestyle); and Pupos snatched three golds (200m IM, 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle), five silvers and two bronzes.
The other members of the team were Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School, Christian Paul Cusing, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Aalia Jaire Espejo and Julian Ingrid Pupos.
Magbag earned four golds and two silvers; Cusing won two golds, one silver and one bronze; Malapitan delivered one gold, one silver and two bronzes; Espejo pocketed one silver and one bronze; and Julian Ingrid had one silver and two bronzes.
Zamora, Soguilon, Mojdeh, Pupos and Magbag were also recognized for nailing new records in their events.
Overall, the Filipino tankers, whose participation was supported by Wetshop, Finis Philippines, Filipino Australian Club Inc. (FACI) headed by founder and Vice President Vicki Wotherspoon, Filipino Community Council of Western Australia President Dante Maribbay and FACI President Jessie Cajustin, will be going home with 62 medals on 41 golds, 13 silvers and eight bronzes.
“I truly admire the passion of these very competitive young swimmers who traveled to Australia with the help of the PSL management and their parents. To our swimmers, don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the more you get,” said Wotherspoon.
“Leave all your problem in the pool, just let it go and swim harder. Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind, you have to convince. They’re not only a team, they’re a family. We’re happy to support them all the way,” she added.
PSL President Susan Papa also expressed her gratitude to Fr. Concord Bagaoisan, Bien Dela Cerna, Ofelia Leady, Arturo Soriano, Raymond Padernilla, Brad Matugas and Landy Matugas.
“PSL is very happy and feel blessed that the Australian Filipino community helps our young swimmers and gave all the support to the PSL delegates, it is amazing. After all, sila ang blessing sent by our Creator,” said Papa.
“These people are showing love and unselfishly sharing their blessings to us. But back home is in contrast; the leaders in sports make it hard for our young swimmers extremely difficult and so selfish. This is the reason why we are so much behind in sports. The leaders must be the first one to transform into righteousness in all angles,” added Papa.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines —an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).