The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be sending a strong 65-member delegation to the 2016 SICC Invitational Swimming Championship as it aims to defend its crown at the Singapore Island Country Club swimming pool on August 6 to 8.
Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo will spearhead the country’s four-peat bid in the three-day meet.
As part of his buildup for the Singapore tournament, the 15-year-old Zamora currently trains at the Aqualife Somerset Training Center in Perth, Australia. He wants to break the age-group records of Asian Games gold medalist Joseph Schooling in the SICC event.
Joining Zamora and Soguilon in the frontline are 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 and Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippine Integrated School, who are all veterans of international competitions.
Last year, PSL copped a total of 117 medals (36 golds, 50 silvers and 31 bronzes) with eight new records from Zamora (five), Mojdeh (two) and Soguilon (one).
Zamora smashed 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), while Mojdeh owns the records in 100m breaststroke (1:34.85) and 50m butterfly (36.42), Soguilon submitted new mark in 100m backstroke (1:16.78).
PSL President Susan Papa also lauded newly appointed Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez for granting the association’s request for travel tax exemption.
“I am indeed grateful of the change. It has come to PSL. We thank Chairman Butch Ramirez for supporting us. In the past administration, all swimmers were disappointed. For sure our swimmers and coaches are now very much motivated and ready to win medals for our country. We will continue to work on our grassroots development program,” said Papa.
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).