Only 200 swimmers have been invited to see action in the 72nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series to be hosted by the Susan Papa Swimming Academy and Diliman Preparatory School (DSP) beginning today at the DPS Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
According to PSL President Susan Papa, they decided to limit the number of participants this time to give way to the nomination process for the 2015 World Summer University Games scheduled in July in Gwangju, South Korea.
“The PSL nomination to Universiade will begin right after the competition. We limit the number of participants to give way to the 60 candidate swimmers for the 2015 Gwangju Universiade,” said Papa.
“The purpose of the nomination process is to determine the strength of a swimmer. That would be indicated in entry form submitted to the Universiade organizers,” Papa clarified.
Among the invited swimmers are veteran campaigner and former Palarong Pambansa multi-gold medalist Loren Dale Echavez, who led all Universiade qualifiers from the Western Visayas Region, and San Sebastian College-Recoletos standout Mico Abina, a Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Meet in Thailand.
“We want to finish the nomination as early as now,” added Papa.
Besides Echavez and Abina, the other invited swimmers include newly-minted Swimmers of the Year awardees Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Kyla Soguilon of Aklan Swimming Team as well as Rookies of the Year Martin Jacob Pupos and Aubrey Ybanez, and Most Improved Swimmers Michael Jiffrey Hirao and Chloe Fabic.
The other swimmers are Audrey Tom, Aalia Espejo, Angelica Mae Medrano and Marc Bryan Dula.
“The PSL also for the first time will award the President’s Trophy for the Highest FINA [International Swimming Federation] points for boys and girls. The FINA points is a separate award for most outstanding girls and boys in each age category age band,” said Papa.
The PSL is the National University Sports Association for Colleges and Universities accredited to Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines (Fessap) and internationally affiliated to Federation International Sports University (FISU).