More than 300 swimmers will be vying for honors in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 59th Leg Series dubbed as the 5th Coseteng Swim Cup beginning today at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila.
PSL President Susan Papa said slots for the World Summer University Games to be held in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015 are at stake along with cash incentives to all senior and junior national record breaks. A new national record in the seniors division is worth P8,000 while the national junior record breaker stands to receive P3,000.
“We really want to raise the level of competition to encourage our swimmers to improve their respective times. It’s also part of our selection for the World University Games because we want to select the best swimmers who will represent our country in that competition,” said Papa.
Besides the World University Games, the PSL will also select swimmers for future international competitions including the Royal Bangkok Meet later this year in Thailand.
“We would like to thank Magnolia for always supporting us. This event is open to all swimmers. No membership requirement. We’re inviting everyone to join and be part of this exciting event,” added Papa.
The swimmers to watch include Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas, McTracy Alindogan of Angeles University Foundation, Martin Jacob Pupos of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, Christen Mercado of University of the Philippines, and the Cordero sisters Delia Angela and Denjylie, who are multi-gold medalists in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to International Sports University Federation.
After the National Capital Region tryout, the PSL goes to Iloilo on July 5 to 6 to select swimmers from the Western Visayas Region.