GWANGJU, South Korea: Twenty Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts will start the country’s campaign as the 2015 Summer World University Games goes full swing today in different venues here.
Veteran international campaigner Jackelyn Calvadores will be the first in line when she competes in the women’s 400-meter individual medley at 8:30 a.m. at the Nambu University Aquatics Center.
A few minutes later, Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge bronze medalist Julian Ingrid Pupos plunges into action in the women’s 200m backstroke.
The other Filipino tankers seeing action on day one are Arianne Alcantara (women’s 50m butterfly), Sean Ortega (men’s 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke), Jux Keaton Solita (men’s 400m freestyle), Jifrey Azor (men’s 100m backstroke), Jason Difuntorum (men’s 50m butterfly), Cynthjhune Goden (men’s 100m backstroke), Louie Martin Cesdoiro (men’s 50m butterfly),
the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay and the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to swim against the world’s best. We are not expecting to win medals but the experience that they’ll be gaining here is incomparable. They are so blessed to be here and I’m hoping that they’ll share this to their teammates back home,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The tae kwon do team will begin their campaign on Tuesday while the athletics squad opens their bid on Wednesday.
Mapua Institute of Technology standouts Juan Paolo Cipriano (bantamweight), Gabriel Joshua Ancheta (featherweight), Jose Daniel Asuncion (flyweight) and Ranielle Paul Ledesma (welterweight) will comprise the men’s sparring team while Ann Janeth Garcia (bantamweight), Kimmi Dela Rea (lightweight) and Bonna Lyrh Magcalayo (welterweight) made it to the women’s sparring squad. Joining them are poomsae bets Allysa Elica Daileg, Joah Lou Lopez and George Chua.
Neuell Afable, Josefina Legaspi, Jinky Obanon and Deniel Barroga, on the other hand, will represent the country in the athletics competitions at the Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Philippine flag has already been raised at the Athlete’s Village.
Flag-raising rites indicate that athletes of all member countries have officially entered the village, which will be their home for the next 12 days.
Philippine delegation head Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, PSL Secterary General Maria Susan Benasa, Papa, and the coaches and athletes of Team Philippines attended the simple rites.