ILOILO: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) named 15 swimmers in the Western Visayas Region who qualified to the prestigious World Summer University Games scheduled in 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea.
PSL President Susan Papa said the swimmers were selected based on their showing in the PSL 61st Leg Series dubbed as the John B. Lacson Memorial Swim Meet held at the JB Lacson Foundation Maritime University swimming pool over the weekend.
Former Palarong Pambansa champion Loren Dale Echavez of University of San Carlos led the qualifiers along with her teammates Pia Cardinal, Myles Chi, Cynthjune Goden, Keith Ocampo and Lester Tungala.
Also making it to the list are Rudette Casidsid, Casy Gumabong, Rose Mary Occeno, Chryserr Palomado and Glenna Venerable of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Erla Agutaya and Nicholas Measures of Central Philippines University, and Jason Villaruz of Colegio del Sagrado Corazon.
“I want to maximize the number of swimmer to experience this prestigious event. The International University Sports Federation (FISU) organization is great that participating student-athletes are treated VIPs during the Opening Ceremony and Cultural Tours. This is an experience that every athlete will never forget because more that 50,000 spectators are there to witness this event,” said Papa.
Former Senator Nikki Coseteng also lauded the successful staging of the World University Games tryouts in the Western Visayas Region.
“This is a victory for all Philippine swimmers. If you stick with the Philippine Swimming Incorporated, where do you go? Southeast Asian Games, where there are only 11 countries participating. Asian Games, only 40 countries. Olympics? Only two swimmers were sent via wildcards,” said Coseteng.
“We congratulate the coaches, parents, schools and teams who sent their students to join the tryouts. And we also sound a loud wake up call. To all coaches, club heads and school authorities, who up to now, refuse to let their swimmers join us, stop threatening your swimmers with suspension or expulsion. You are depriving them of a once in a lifetime opportunity,” added the former lawmaker.
The PSL has also selected swimmers for the 2014 Royal Bangkok Meet slated in November in Thailand. They are Trisha Lei Bongco, Ronald Kent Sta. Ana, Milano Aplaon, Karl Arsenal, John Bandejas, Kelly Baquiano, Zen Butiong, Will Casidsid, Natalia Daban, Robin Dequito, Dona Donasco, John Donasco, Toni Garcesto, Joven Gayem, Hope Guzman, Ken Labitoria, Eddean Manalo, Julian Ordanel III, Ritzmond Palomado, Kane Parreno, Frances Perlas, Deb Plenago, Sean Portillo, Joseph Pyon, Kae Tubeza and Rencel Uytoco of JB Lacson Swimming Team.
The other Bangkok qualifiers are Kyla Soguilon, Kobe Soguilon, Fiona Beltram, Georr Briones, Julienne Fernandez, Michael Lozada, Joseph Lucio, Sidley Malumay, Cyra Montano, Eman Solina, Rafael Lentejas, Paul Aragon, Paula Bernada, Celine Delotavo, Patricia Molino, Jude Azarcon, Joe Borres, Alic Dela Cruz, JC Huqueriza, Roy Sta. Rita, John Villaruz, Nikka Amante, Joseph Apoito, Vinz Ferrer, Marc Jara, Myles Sampiano, Ythnmthw Orellana, Monica Arenas, JC Barlin, Danica Alba, Jason Mirabueno, Jerald Rubin, Jiro Tacsagon, Alex Gallego, Angelo Gallego and Airra Facto.
“We would like to thank the John B. Lacson swimming team of coach Ronald Sta. Ana and his wife Ivy for hosting this event. We are looking forward to stage another edition here in Iloilo in our next leg,” ended Papa.