More than 300 swimmers will be gunning for honors in the 73rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL)-Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) Leg Series beginning today at the DPS swimming pool in Quezon City.
More than 50 teams have confirmed participation including those from Aklan, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, Laguna, Quezon Province, Bulacan, Iloilo, Cebu, Bicol and strong teams from Metro Manila.
Swimmers of the Year awardees Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon, who will be seeing action in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, will be leading the respective age-groups along with fellow Perth-bound tankers Drew Benett Magbag, Martin Jacob Pupos, Paul Christian King Cusing, Stephen Guzman, Julian Ingrid Pupos, Aalia Jaire Espejo, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan and crowd-favorite Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh.
The two-day tournament also serves as tryout for future international competitions in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, China, India and Japan. The program will start at 8 a.m. Sen. Nikki Coseteng is expected to provide an inspirational message to the swimmers, parents and coaches.
“We’re not just focusing on local tournaments because we want these kids to experience an international level of competition. By staging this kind of tournaments, we will be able to identify the swimmers who have the potential of become a champion in the future,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Two swimmers (one boy and one girl) with the highest FINA (International Swimming Federation) will be awarded with the President’s Trophy and additional P1,500 cash reward each.
An open-mixed events with qualifying time (3:05 for girls and 2:45 for boys in the 200m butterfly, and 3:20 for girls and 3:00 for boys in the 200m breaststroke) are included in this edition’s meet program. The top eight swimmers, regardless of age and gender, will be awarded with medals.
The Most Outstanding Swimmer trophies will be given by age band – 6-under, 7, 8, 9, 10 11, 12, 13, 14, 15-16 and 17-over.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) – an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).