The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be sending a strong 17-tanker team to the prestigious 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge slated on March 26 to 30 at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia.
Reigning Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School Aklan will be leading the country’s campaign along with veteran international campaigner Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque, and Gwangju World University Games veterans Joy Rodgers of University of the Philippines and Jux Keaton Solita of UST
Palarong Pambansa gold medalist Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School, Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School and Ferdinand Ian Trinidad of Pedro Guevara National High School Laguna are also expected to deliver medals in their respective age bands.
Also gunning for medals are John Gabriel Bucad, Kobe Soguilon, Roger Dante Giron, Lucio Cuyong 2, Lowestein Julian Lazaro, Namahig Asa Mahiwo, Albert Sermonia 2 and Francis Sherwyn Tan.
Last year, PSL won a total of 62 medals – 41 golds, 13 silvers and eight bronzes with Zamora spearheading the charge with 10 mints along with three new meet records.
Soguilon added seven golds and Mojdeh chipped in six golds
The three tankers went home with the Most Outstanding Swimmer awards.
“Our swimmers are all prepared this year. They have been training for months now and we are optimistic that we’ll be able to reach our target this year. Some of our swimmers are first-timers in Australia but they are no push- overs. These are all potential medal winners,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Joining Papa in the delegation are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, PSL regional director Joan Melissa Mojdeh, and coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula.
PSL hopes to continue its impressive campaign in international competitions after claiming 19 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes in the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship in Japan last month.
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).