More than 300 tankers from different parts of the country will be vying for honors in the 87th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the 8th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championship beginning today at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge gold medalist Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque heads the participants in the girls’ 9 years old category while Sean Terence Zamora, Paul Christian King Cusing, Charize Juliana Esmero, Kyla Soguilon, Angelo Macaraig and Marc Bryan Dula are also expected to dominate their respective age divisions.
“We have a lot of big international tournaments next year and as early as possible, we want to create a team for those competitions. We want them to be 100 percent prepared both mentally and physically,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Mindanao bet Micah Lora Amoguis likewise aims to make an impact when she plunges into action in the 100-meter Individual Medley, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.
The two-day meet will serve as tryout for the 2017 Summer World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan as well as the 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge sa Perth, Australia; the Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand; the Japan Spring Swimming Championship in Tokyo; and the Hong Kong Stingrays Invitational Swimming Meet.
Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees.
Swimming Federation (FINA) points will receive the Presidential Trophies and P1,500 cash incentive each.
“This competition is open to all swimmers. We want to open the door to young swimmers who want to represent our country in international competitions such as the World University Games. Being in the Universiade is a once in a lifetime experience and we want to share it to them,” Papa stressed.
PSL is fresh from successful campaign in the 2015 Japan Invitational Swimming Championship held in Tokyo, winning 19 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes.
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).