Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora will be leading the country’s campaign in the 2016 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship beginning on Saturday at the Singapore Island Country Club.
A total of 64 swimmers will be leaving today for Singapore with PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa heading the delegation.
Zamora, a senior high school at University of Santo Tomas, is fresh from a month-long training at the Aqualife Somerset Training Center in Perth, Australia under the Australian Hall of Famer Roger Bruce – father of Olympic swimmer Tamara Bruce.
“Zamora’s training was made possible by Vicki Wotherspoon of Filipino Australian Club Inc. who made arrangement to train under coach Bruce. We want to thank Vicki Wotherspoon for making it possible. We will be forever grateful for this,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The PSL chief also expressed gratitude to Landy Matugas, Brad Matugas, Arvin Laurio, Rachel Laurio, Cielo Waghourne and the rest of the families that accommodated Zamora in his training.
The 16-year-old Zamora shoots for another record-breaking feat this year after smashing Asian Games gold medalist and Singapore Southeast Asian Games Most Bemedalled Athlete Joseph Schooling’s records in100m butterfly (1:01.27), 100m backstroke (1:02.95), 200m Individual Medley (2:16.75) and 50m backstroke (29.48), and Chinese Teo Zhen Ren’s previous mark in 100m freestyle (55.78).
Also expected to dominate their respective age-groups are Palarong Pambansa Elementary Girls Most Outstanding Swimmer Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo, Philippine junior record-holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East, Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque, Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippine Integrated School, Aubrey Tom of Marikina Aquabears, Gian Daniel Berino of UP and Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School.
The Philippines will be gunning for an unprecedented four straight overall championship crown in the competition.
Last year, PSL bagged its third overall title after winning 117 medals including 36 golds.
“We are optimistic as our swimmers are all ready to win medals for our country. Some of them started training as early as March to ensure that they’re all in perfect condition before plunging into action in Singapore,” added Papa.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines – the internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.