The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) goes to Region IV-A to select swimmers for the 28th Summer Universiade through the staging of the 2nd Gov. David Jay Jay Suarez Swimming Competition beginning today at the Alcala Sports Complex in Lucena City.
The tournament will be hosted by the Quezon Killer Whales headed by PSL Regional Director for Region IV-A Virgilio De Luna. The Quezon Killer Whales has been dominating the previous editions of the PSL Leg Series.
“It’s our goal to bring the PSL Leg Series in the provinces because we believe that there are lots of talents in different parts of the country just like in Lucena. We want to give them a chance to represent our country in international level,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Besides the Summer Universiade, which will be held next year in Gwangju, South Korea, the two-day meet also serves as qualifying for the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Meet scheduled in November in Thailand.
“This competition is open to all swimmers. We don’t have any restrictions. As long as they are interested and willing to improve your craft, we’re here to guide them,” added the PSL chief.
More than 300 swimmers will be vying for honors in 12 age-groups (6-under, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17-over) for girls and boys. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age band while the Most Outstanding Swimmers and the overall team champion get a trophy.
“The reason why Philippine Swimming League was created because we are trying to free it from the hands of unrighteousness. The reason why we open swimming for all and that anyone can join our competition. That it is not for members only. It is time for a change in the national association,” stressed Papa.
The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), an affiliate to International University Sports Federation. It is Fessap’s national sports association for swimming.
Last week, the PSL held its 66th Leg Series in Roxas City in Capiz.