KALIBO: All eyes will be on Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Kyla Soguilon of Aklan Swimming Team as the 75th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Championship dubbed as the Cong. Ted Haresco Jr. Swim Cup unfolds today at the Aklan Provincial Sports Complex here in Aklan.
Zamora is looking to sweep all his five events-200-meter Individual Medley, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke-in the boys’ 14 years category while Soguilon guns for medals in the girls’ 10 years 200m IM, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.
Also expected to dominate their respective age groups are Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 8 years), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8 years), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 years), Paul Cusing (boys’ 14 years), Sean Elijah Enero (boys’ 15 years), Mariejo Borres (girls’ 10 years), Alic Dela Cruz (girls’ 15 years), Rafael Lentejas 3rd (boys’ 7 years) and Rose Mary Occeno (girls’ 17-over).
“We are bringing this PSL Leg Series here in Visayas to open the gate to these young swimmers. One of our goals here in PSL is to identify talents through grassroots development program. After identifying talents, we are bringing them into the next level which is to compete internationally,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“We want them to experience competing against foreign swimmers. It’s way different seeing action in international scene than in local tournament. The pride is there, the passion to win medals for our country is visible. They’re extra motivated since they are representing our country,” added Papa.
More than 300 swimmers from different parts of the country have converged including those from Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Bacolod, Davao, Surigao, Cavite, Manila, Marikina and Bicol in the event hosted by the Aklan Swimming Team headed by its President Kokoy Soguilon, and supported by Philippine National Red Cross Youth Chapter Elena Brugger.
The Open Water competition backed by the Philippine National Red Cross Youth will be held on Sunday at the Crystal San Beach Resort Station 2 in Boracay while the PSL awards night is also scheduled on Sunday night.
The tournament serves as qualifying for international tournaments in Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, China, Turkey and Thailand.
The PSL recently won 14 gold medals in the 2015 Phuket International Swimming Championship in Phuket, Thailand then bagged 41 golds, 12 silvers and nine bronzes in the prestigious 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge in Perth, Australia.
“We’ve been very successful in our first two international competitions this year and we want our swimmers here in the Visayas region to experience that level of competition. We are here to help them, develop their talent and also their character. Attitude and discipline are very important factors in achieving excellence,” stressed Papa.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.