For the second-straight year, Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen-Kalibo bagged the Swimmer of the Year awards in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Annual Awards Night held at the Casa Pilar Convention Center-Boracay in Malay, Aklan.
The 15-year-old Zamora and the 11-year-old Soguilon were selected based on their impressive showing both in international and local tournaments in 2015.
Zamora started the year by winning 10 gold medals in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia then bagged six golds with six new records in the Convoy Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship in Hong Kong; three golds and three silvers highlighted by three new records in the 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet in Singapore; and two golds, one silver and one bronze in the ASIJ Orcas Fall Classic Invitational Swimming Meet in Tokyo, Japan.
Sharing the limelight was Soguilon, who also won her second Milo Junior Athlete of the Year award in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night in March,
Soguilon earned seven golds in Thanyapura Invitational Swimming Meet in Phuket, Thailand; seven golds and three silvers in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge; five golds, one silver and one bronze in the 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet; and four golds in the ASIJ Orcas Fall Classic Invitational Swimming Meet.
Joining Zamora and Soguilon were Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque and Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy who were named the Most Promising Swimmers in female and male, respectively.
Mojdeh grabbed six golds and one silver in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge; four silvers and one bronze in the Convoy Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship; five golds and one silver including two new records in the 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet; one gold and one silver in the 21st SSC Open Midget Meet in Singapore; and three golds and one silver in the ASIJ Orcas Fall Classic Invitational Swimming Meet.
For his part, Dula pocketed one gold and four silvers, and Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet and one silver in the 21st SSC Open Midget Meet.
He won eight MOS trophies in the PSL National Series and currently wons two long course and 10 short course records.
“These are the future of Philippine swimming. We’re happy with what they have achieved at this very young age and we’re looking forward to winning more gold medals in the next international competitions that we’ll be joining,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The other awardees were Paul Christian King Cusing (male), and Aubrey Tom and Heather White (female) sa Most Improved Swimmer; Trump Christian Luistro (male) and Estelle Margaret Mendez (female) sa Rookie of the Year; and Manny De Leon sa Coach of the Year.