It’s all systems go for the staging of the 56th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as the 1st Cong. Ted Haresco Jr. Swimming Cup beginning on Saturday at the Aklan Sports Complex, Makato Aklan
Swimmers from all over Western Visayas led by Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 9 years) and Michael Lozada (boys’ 7 years) from Aklan Swimming Club will be vying for honors in the tournament, which is part of the celebration of the Aklan Foundation Day.
“We are overwhelmed with the warm reception of the local government unit of Aklan.
We really wanted to bring this competition in this region as we believe that this is one of the country’s producers of top swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Soguilon is a consistent medal producer in some major international competitions. She competed in Singapore, Thailand and in Cape Town, South Africa.
For his part, Lozada was awarded with the Most Outstanding Swimmer plum in the Singapore Swimming Championships in August and Royal Bangkok Swimming Meet in December.
The competition will serve as the final try out to select the country’s representative to Singapore. The PSL is also looking for qualified swimmers for the prestigious 2015 Summer World Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
”This is a big competition for Western Visayas. Last February in Capiz, a lot of swimmers qualified to Singapore and we expect few more athletes to make it. This is their last chance,” added Papa.
Swimmers from Red Cross-Malay Chapter Boracay will also field a strong lineup along with teams from Bicol, Cavite, Laguna, Iloilo, Pampanga, Isabela, Pasay, Parañaque, Navotas, Novaliches, Quezon City, Davao, Capiz and Ormoc.
Other notable swimmers to see action in the two-day meet are Inaki Emil Lorbes, Emanuel Joshua Lorbes, Jason Difuntorum, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Bryan Dula, Sean Elijah Enero and 2013 Swimmer of the Year 2013 McTracy John Alindogan.
An Olympic-size like medals will be given to the top swimmers while trophies will be awarded to the most outstanding swimmers and teams.
PSL having the longest grassroots program in sport is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines—an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.