Fifty-five tankers have qualified to the 29th Summer World University Games scheduled in 2017 in New Taipei City in Taiwan.
The swimmers were selected based on their showing in the 85th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the All-School Swim Challenge held at the Diliman College swimming pool with Presidential Trophy awardee Andrea Jheremy Pacheco of College of Saint Benilde heading the list of qualifiers.
Pacheco was also a member of the Benilde 4x50m freestyle relay team that won gold medal in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Bulacan State University has the most number of qualifiers with 20 followed by Arellano University (13), Assumption Golden Titans (8), Bataan Peninsula State University (8), Grace Christian College (2), Colegio de San Agustin (1), Diliman College (1) and Philippine Merchant Marine School (1).
The other qualifiers were Julian Agar, Ian Bandeling, Erithe Denila Jr., Apple Enquito, Billy Gamaya, Sitti Goff, Mojel Jaapar, Najrimar Kassim, Almorahar Ladjnanang, Zyrill Lifio, Joshua Regalado, Nathaniel Ruste, Jonel Ventura, Martina Borce, Therese Caparros, Macie Del Mundo, Melissa Do-mingo, Andrea Jalandoni, Gloryen Limbo, Asha Noronha, Eunice Yap, Dahrel Angel, Joy Bernardo, Marianne Crisostomo, Ronalene Delos Reyes, Girome Eugenio and Joreen Flores.
“The swimmers are getting excited, a lot of college swimmers are now knowledgeable of the World University Games. We will not deny them of participation, we want to give opportunities to college student to experience this once in a lifetime event. I will help the swimmers to cross the bridge easier,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also making it to the list were Merry Sampang, Jeiel Yambao, Judy Apostol, Maverick Belarmino, Patrick Ellsworth, Benedict Lastrollo, Angelica Mendoza, Jayvee Monding, Maricar Obejas, Joshua Palacio, Enric Portes, Enrique Portes, Lenard Reyes, Roderick Ronidel, Jolina San Jose, Aira Santos, Regina Santos, Maricon Sebastian, Red Sumilang, Jeff Tecson, Karen Vergara, Ivan Vertudazo, Blu Encarnacion, Gabriell Soriano, Geff Meridores, Charlize Sanhi and Maverick Vicente.
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).