The 10-tanker Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delegation will be leaving today to compete in the 2016 Tokyo Nationals Swimming Championship scheduled on February 7 to 10 in Japan.
PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa will be leading the team along with coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula, and National Capital Region Director Joan Melissa Mojdeh.
Swimmer of the Year top candidates Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary-College banner the strong PSL lineup in the Tokyo meet.
Joining them are University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 gold medalist Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines (UP) Integrated School, Gwangju Universiade veteran Jux Keaton Solita of UST and Singapore Swimming Championship Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee Marc Bryan Dula of Weissenheimer Academy.
Also in the team are Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge veterans Lans Rawlin Donato of UP and Martin Pupos of National University, Singapore Invitatio nal Swimming Meet medalist Joey del Rosario of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, and Lo wenstein Julian Lazaro and John Leo Paul Salibio.
Before flying to Tokyo, the swimmers went through a series of training camp at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool under the watchful eye of Papa.
“May mga strokes sila na mali. Itinama lang namin para mag-improve ang mga times nila. Sumusunod rin kami sa international standards dahil ang international level ang ginagawa namin sa mga local competitions namin para pagdating sa mga competitions abroad, hindi kami naninibago,” said Papa, a former member of the national team
Nesides host Japan, tankers from China, US, Great Britain, Netherlands and Germany are expected to show up in the four-day meet.
“Malalakas ang mga makakalaban natin sa Japan kaya gusto kong maging physically at mentally ready ang mga bata. Palaban ang mga ito at naniniwala ako na kaya nilang makipagsabayan,” added Papa.
Last year, PSL won 19 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals in the 2015 Japan Invitational Swimming Championship in November.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).