The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) continues its grassroots development program when it stages the 80th PSL National Series dubbed as the Vice Mayor Isko Moreno Top 16 Long Course Swimming Meet today at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Vito Cruz, Manila.
The tournament serves as qualifying to select swimmers for international tournaments including the prestigious World University Games in Taiwan.
The other competitions are the Royal Bangkok Swimming Meet and Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand, the Indian Ocean All Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, and the Singapore Midget Championship.
“PSL is very much occupied with our developmental process. We are exposing swimmers not only in our monthly competition but also in international level. We want these kids to experience competing against their foreign counterparts to further hone their skills,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
National University standout Martin Jacob Pupos heads the list of swimmers who want to earn a spot in the World University Games-bound team. The 16-year-old Pupos has already won numerous gold medals in tournaments in Australia, Singapore and Thailand.
Meanwhile, 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.
The PSL is coming off a successful campaign in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship, winning the overall championship title for the third straight year after bagging 117 medals (36 golds, 50 silvers and 31 bronzes).
“Kagagaling lang namin sa Singapore then diretso agad kami sa local tournaments. May ilan pang kaming local tournament sa mga probinsya dahil gusto namin silang bigyan ng chance na mag-qualify para sa World University Games,” added Papa.
After the 80th edition, the PSL goes to Davao del Norte for the 2015 PSL Davao Swim Meet on August 5 at the Tagum City Sports Complex then in Bicol for the 3rd El Presidente Swim Cup on August 22 at the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Pool in Legazpi City.
The 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).