Twelve promising tankers bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awards in the Novice Category of the 76th Philippine Swimming League (PSL)-Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) National Leg Series held at the DPS Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Mindoro’s Edd Vinzen Toledana (girls’ 6-under), Yania Xiomara Lalap (girls’ 7-8) and Renz Carl Sabalvaro (boys’ 11-12) as well as Pasig City’s Ashnira Samal (girls’ 13-14) and Almira Samal (girls’ 15-over), and Cavite’s Izaar Balbon (boys’ 13-14) led the list of MOS awardees in their respective age groups.
Joining them in the spotlight were Khalel Zheus Lapuz of Marikina Poseidon (7-8), Eric Isaiah Victoria of Platypus Aquatic (9-10) and Asonny Artista of Coach King Swim School (15-over) in boys, and Gabrielle Kiel Pasao of Bobstrokers (9-10) and Noreen David of Cavite Saifish (11-12) in girls.
“PSL is happy to see many new swimmers coming up. PSL and its coaches will work on sustaining the interest of our swimmers for the whole year round. The MOS for motivational Joey del Rosario was just a novice last year but now he is going to the Asean Midget Meet in Singapore to compete internationally for the Philippines,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
‘We have a lot of talented swimmers who began as novice swimmer like Kyla Soguilon. Two years later, Kyla was named Swimmer of the Year awardee and more importantly, she was named the Junior Athlete of the Year in the country,” she added.
More than 500 swimmers participated in the tournament, which served as qualifying event for international competitions in Singapore, Australia and Thailand.
“This competition will serve as basis to select swimmers for international competitions that we’ll be joining. We will have another qualifying in Bicol and Southern Tagalog to give the swimmers in that regions to show their wares and prove that they deserve spots in the PSL team going abroad,” stressed Papa.
Besides the tournaments in Singapore, Australia and Thailand, the PSL has already started selecting swimmers for the 2017 World Summer University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. In the 2015 edition of the Universiade, the PSL will be sending more than 40 swimmers in Gwangju, South Korea scheduled on July 3 to 14.
The 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).