The province of Laguna will be hosting the 78th edition of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Gov. Ramil Hernandez Swimming Meet scheduled on June 13.
The Laguna Provincial Sports and Games Development Office headed by Celso Rivera will stage the one-day competition in Sta. Cruz, the venue of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.
“The governor approved the use of the pool for free with touch pad, sponsored the medals and trophies while Rivera arranged people to volunteer as technical officials during the games. We are thankful to Gov. Hernandez and Rivera in helping us promote swimming in Laguna and with this we will be able to help a lot of swimmers from Laguna itself,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
More than 300 tankers have already confirmed attendance in the competition, which serves as qualifiers for international tournament in Singapore, India, China, Australia and Thailand.
Veteran campaigner Ian Ferdinand Trinidad will spearhead the campaign of the Capitol Swimming Team. Trinidad, a product of Laguna, will be seeing action in the 2015 Singapore Swimming Championship in August, his first international exposure.
“With the help of Governor and the provincial sports and games development office head we will be able to help a lot of deserving athletes. Their hard work won’t be wasted,” added Papa.
Medals are up for grabs in each division while trophies will be given to the Most Outstanding Swimmers in every age bands. The top three teams will also get trophies.
Two swimmers (one girl and one boy) with the highest FINA points get P1,500 cash reward.
“The competition will be from ages six years and under to 15 and over. It’s open to all, no membership requirement. And the much wanted award by swimmer is the prestigious PSL Presidential Trophy for swimmers with the highest FINA points,” said Papa.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap)—an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).