The Philippine Swimming League’s (PSL) 59th Leg Series dubbed as the 5th Coseteng Swim Cup will be the final tryout in the National Capital Region for the World Summer University Games to be held in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015.
The Coseteng Cup is scheduled on June 28 to 29 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila. The swimmer who will break a national record in the seniors division will get P8,000 and a P3,000 to the national junior record breaker.
The PSL is looking for 96 swimmers who will represent the country in the world meet sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation.
“We do things the proper, dignified, respectable and professional way. We hold several tryouts open to all. We will train the swimmers for one year before Universiade. No politics, strictly based on best time. That’s what we are proud of. We don’t get government funding. Our parents chip in and we produce champions and break records. The Philippine Sports Commission must recognize that,” said Coseteng.
“I am helping PSL to conduct the tryout. Our objective is to expose these college students, give them a once in a life time and experience,” she added.
The first University Games in swimming was held in 1951 in Luxembourg. It was in 1959 when swimming becomes a compulsory sport in World Summer Universiade Games that was held in Torino, Italy, according to PSL President Susan Papa.
The Philippines participated in 1967 under Col. Arsenio de Borja, the president of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association during that time. Among the participants were Josephine Brown, Rolando Landrito, Serafin Villarrete, Luis Nolasco.
“It was also during year 1967 that the American swimming team broke nine world records to boost more and more participants. The PSL since 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China and 2013 Universiade in Kazan, Russia has sent more than 25 swimmers,” said Papa.
The swimming event in the World University Games will be organized in accordance with the most recent technical regulations of the International Swimming Federation.