Meridian International School standout Kyzel Del Rosario continued to impress the field after winning one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the 168th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Swim Series Short Course Leg 1-NCR held at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Del Rosario, an Aqua Pro Swimming Team tanker, made her presence felt when she ruled the girls’ eight-year 50-meter freestyle with a time of 46.19 seconds in the tournament supported by The Manila Times.
The eight-year-old Grade 3 student went neck-and-neck against two rivals — Alex Pasia (46.38) and Johanne Briones (46.53), who settled for silver and bronze respectively.
“She has a bright future. She’s really improving from time to time and we’re looking forward to see her grow and achieve her dreams of winning gold medals in international competitions,” said Philippine Swimming League president Alexandre Papa.
Del Rosario, who started swimming just eight months ago, secured another medal — a silver this time — in the 50m butterfly following her 55.16-second performance.
She also had a bronze in the 50m breaststroke (1:01.69).
“It’s a good thing a she has a very supportive parents and a very talented mentor in coach Mhong Sanchez who’s always there to guide her. Hopefully in the near future, we’ll be seeing her on top of the podium in an international meet,” added Papa.
Del Rosario’s father — William – is planning to send her in international tournaments in Thailand, Japan and Singapore to further hone her skills and hopefully be at par with some of the best tankers in the region.
“We’re just studying on which tournament she’ll be joining this year. It’s a good experience to expose young swimmers like Kyzel in international-level tournaments to gauge their skills and at the same time enjoy meeting new people of different nationalities,” stressed William.