More than 300 tankers have confirmed participation in the 93rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – 2nd Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Swim Meet scheduled on Sunday at the Makati Aquatic Sports Arena in Makati City.
The competition serves as qualifying event to select swimmers for international tournaments this year including the Stingray Swimming Championship in Hong Kong, SICC Invitational Swimming Championship in Singapore, and SSC Midget Meet also in Singapore.
Swimmers with ages 17-over are also expected to vie for slots for the prestigious 2017 Summer World University Games in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
“We are looking for swimmers who want to qualify for international tournaments that we’ll be joining this year and the World University Games next year. We want to identify talents as early as now and expose them in high-level competition,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
PSL wants to discover fresh talents for future international meets.
Veteran international campaigners Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque are some of the promising tankers discovered by the association.
Recently, Dula and Mojdeh won four gold medals each in the Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship in Japan and went home with their respective Most Outstanding Swimmer awards
“Sending them abroad is part of our program. We’ve received a lot of invitations to compete abroad and we want our young swimmers to experience competing internationally to further hone their skills,” Papa said.
“We want the swimmers to be spiritually and physically alive and share the lifetime wisdom they are learning in our competitions. We are molding them to become not only as a better swimmer but as a good example to others,” she added.
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).