MANILA, Philippines - University of Santo Tomas standout Sean Terrence Zamora nailed six gold medals – all in record-breaking fashion – to dominate the boys’ 13 years category of the 54th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Short Course swimming meet yesterday at the Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) in Quezon City.
Zamora, a Grade 8 student who represents MCUR3 Aquaspeed Sailfish, submitted notable times in the 200-meter individual medley (2:19.84), 100m butterfly (1:01.35) and 50m freestyle (25.86) to surpass the Philippine records and the Quadruple (AAAA) marks based on American Motivational Standards. He also set new marks in the 50m breaststroke (33.53), 100m backstroke (1:05.16) and 200m freestyle (2:10.50)
Christen Mercado also made an impressive showing as he bagged five golds in the boys’ 17-over class while Charize Juliana Esmero pocketed four golds and two silvers in the girls’ 11 years event.
Mercado reigned supreme in 200m IM (2:24.31), 100m butterfly (1:02.65), 50m breaststroke (30.93), 50m freestyle (24.91) and 100m backstroke (1:03.88); and Esmero topped the 200m IM (2:43.75), 50m breaststroke (41.27), 100m backstroke (1:15.02) and 200m freestyle then placed second in 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
The other multi-medalists were Delia Angela Cordero with three golds and two silvers in the girls 17-over and Emanuel Joshua Lorbes with three golds, one silver and one bronze in the boys’ 16 years.
“I am helping everyone to cross the bridge easier. We are behind many years. Our monthly competition is helping our swimmers a lot. Swimmers improved each month and looking to beat each other,” said PSL president Susan Papa.
“Two swimmers made it only to the Olympics and only three boys and one girl were in the lowest competition – Southeast Asian Games. PSL is catching up. Zamora surpassed three national junior records and that was fantastic,” added Papa.