University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 78 gold medalist Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines (UP) Integrated School has been added to the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delegation that will be seeing action in the 2016 Tokyo Invitational Swimming Championship on February 4 to 10 in Japan.
The 16-year old Magbag is a veteran of international competitions. He won four gold medals highlighted by his record-breaking feats in the 200-meter Individual Medley and 200m breaststroke in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia.
Magbag also secured a couple of silver medals in the 2015 Japan Invitational Swimming Championship in November, making him as one of the candidates for the coveted Male PSL Swimmer of the Year award.
Joining Magbag in Japan are fellow Swimmer of the Year candidates Sean Terence Zamora and Jux Keaton Solita of University of Santo Tomas, Marc Bryan Dula of Weissenheimer Academy, and Lans Rawlin Donato of UP.
Also in the lineup are Singapore Invitational Swimming Meet medalist Joey del Rosario of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, and Lowenstein Julian Lazaro and John Leo Paul Salibio.
Female PSL Swimmer of the Year top candidate Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque will be the country’s lone representative in the girls’ category.
The nine-year old Filipino-Iranian tanker bagged five golds and a silver to win the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the 2015 Japan Invitational Swimming Championship.
This year, the tournament will be participated in by strong tankers from host Japan, China, US, Great Britain, Netherlands and Germany.
“It’s a tough competition. A lot of good swimmers from different countries are expected to participate this time. But we’re glad that we got invited by the organizers. They saw the potential of our swimmers during last November’s competition in Tokyo,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Besides Papa, the other members of the delegation are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula.
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).
EMIL C. NOGUERA