A strong nine-member Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team is scheduled to leave on Friday to plunge into action in the prestigious 2014 Australia Swimming Championships scheduled on April 19 to 20 in Perth.
Veteran campaigners Delia Angela Cordero of University of the Philippines, Sean Terrence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Martin Jacob Pupos of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta will spearhead the country’s campaign.
“I will concentrate in all my butterfly events and try to break the existing Philippine record,” said Cordero, a multi-gold medalist in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
For his part, Zamora vowed to give it all to surpass the some Southeast Asian marks in the boys’ 13-14 category. “Joseph Schooling is the best among Southeast Asian age-groupers and I’ll do my bets to at least match his records or if lucky enough, break it.”
The other members of the team are Sean Elijah Enero, Lans Rawlin Donato, Paul Christian King Cusing, Paula Carmela Cusing, Pauline Celine Cusing and Julian Lowenstein Lazaro.
PSL Secretary Guia Llaguno serves as delegation head while Richard Ryan Robles of Manila Central University Aquaspeed Sailfish is the head coach of the team.
“These young swimmers will make us proud. I told them that they will compete against Western Australia and they must make the Top 4 in every event to join the All-Star Asian Team. I want to see Philippines-Asia Team in your names,” stressed PSL President Susan Papa.
The two-day meet will be held at the historic Challenge Stadium, which hosted the World Aquatics Championships in 1991 and 1998.
“I would like to thank coach Susan Papa for giving us the opportunity to swim against the best age-groupers in Asia-Oceania. This is my first big international competition and I’m looking forward to have a great experience. I’ll do my best,” said Pupos.
Last February, the PSL rocked South Africa as it won 18 gold medals in the 2014 Cape Town Swimming Gala held in Western Cape.