More than 300 tankers from different parts of the country will be seeing action in the 95th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – 9th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championships beginning today at the Diliman College Swiming Pool in Quezon City.
Medals and trophies are up for grabs in the Class A-C and Motivational events as swimmers vie for slots in the prestigious 2017 Summer World University Games to be held in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Besides the Summer World University Games, the tournament will also serve as tryout for international tournaments such as the SICC Invitational Swimming Championship and SCC National Midget Meet to be held in Singapore, the Tokyo Fall Classic Invitational Swimming Championship in Japan and the Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship in Thailand.
“PSL is really in a grassroots development program since it caters the young swimming from two years old up to 18 and over. Swimmers must undergo this process of development as there are no shortcuts in sports, it is measured by time and PSL cannot go wrong in giving rise to athletes. At the end, it must be parallel with our goal of having sound mind and body,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees.
Two swimmers (one male and one female) with the highest International Swimming Federation (FINA) points will get the President’s Trophy and P1,500 each.
Events on tap on the opening day are 100m Individual Medley, 200m IM, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle open while the 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle and the relay events will be held on Sunday
PSL is fresh from successful campaign in the 2016 Stingrays Invitational Swimming Championship in Hong Kong, winning the overall championship crown with 16 gold medals in the bag.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).
EMIL C. NOGUERA