The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be sending a 10-tanker team to the 2017 Hamilton Aquatics Winter Long Course Swimming Championships that begins today at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
PSL Swimmer of the Year awardees Marc Bryan Dula of Wisenheimer Academy and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque spearhead the country’s campaign as they compete in 12 events in their respective age bands.
“It’s a good exposure for our swimmers since some of the Olympians are showing up here. Our swimmers are excited to compete, we had our last training in the morning before plunging into action,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
On the opening day, Dula will compete in the boys’ 10-year 400m individual medley, 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 50m butterfly while Mojdeh will see action in the girls’ 11-year 400m IM, 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m IM.
The other members of the team are Jan Mari Christian Bunagan (boys’ 14-year), Albren Jan Dayapdapan (boys’ 13-year), Leiresh Delos Trinos (girls’ 14-year), Lowestein Lazaro (boys’ 15-year), Chaun Nacaytuna (boys’ 9-year), Elijah Pobre (boys’ 13-year), Alfonzo Torrico (boys’ 13-year) and Angela Torrico (girls’ 11-year).
Bunagan shoots for medals in the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly; Dayapdapan participates in the 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly; and Delos Trinos goes up against fancied foes in the 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 100m freestyle.
“Hamilton swimming team is one of the best teams. We will be up against strong swimmers from Scotland, United Kingdom, India and China. We’re all set and we’re looking forward to a successful campaign in this competition,” added Papa, who is accompanied by PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
More than 600 swimmers from different parts of the world have confirmed attendance in the two-day meet including powerhouse teams from Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Australia, South Africa, America, Canada, China, Russia and Singapore.