The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) resumes its search for World University Games bets as it goes to Bicol Region for the 64th PSL Leg Series dubbed as Jaime C. Jimenez-El Prisidente Swimming Championship on August 23.
More than 300 swimmers are expected to show up at the Mariners Polytechnic University Foundation Swimming Pool in Rawis, Legazpi City.
PSL President Susan Papa made an assurance that the venue is hundred percent safe despite eruption threats of Mayon Volcano.
“The venue is in Rawiz, Legazpi City which is 43.4 kilometers away from Mayon Volcano. So safe from the nine-kilometer danger zone as advised by the Philvolcs,” said Papa.
The event is the last qualifying in the Bicol Region for the World University Games scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea. It will also serve as basis to select swimmers for the Royal Bangkok Swimming Championships in November.
“The 64th PSL Leg Series is in time with PSL President Susan Papa’s 60th birthday. It’s also the president’s 55th anniversary in swimming as she started swimming at the age of 5. At 11, she was already included in the national team,” narrated PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
The age categories are six-under, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17-over for boys and girls.
The top three finishers will be given medals while the Most Outstanding Swimmers get an individual trophy according to age band.
“Coash Susan Papa chose Legazpi as it was the first swimming team that made realization that swimming must be open for all. She worked so hard to democratize it. We’re happy that we are now slowly achieving our goal—to open the doors to these young potential swimmers,” added PSL Secretariat Head Guia Llaguno.
Trophies will also be awarded to the Top 3 teams.
“We are very glad that Susan Papa celebrates her birthday competition in Bicol. The Mariners Polytechnic University Foundation is happy to host the competition and welcome all participants from different parts of the region,” said Mariners President Dante Jimenez.
Under Papa, the PSL has been successful in international competitions. This year alone, the team bagged numerous gold medals in South Africa, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. They are eyeing for more medals in tournaments in Thailand, China and Japan, among others.
The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to International University Sports Federation.