The country’s top junior players will be converging in the 70th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as the 2014 Sen. Nikki Coseteng Cup scheduled on November 15 to 16 at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.
More than 400 participants are expected to show up in the two-day meet, which will serve as tryout to select swimmers from the National Capital Region for the 2015 Summer World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
“It’s one of the biggest tournaments the we’ll be hosting this year as best swimmers from different parts of the region compete for the gold medal. We want to stress that this competition is open to all, no membership requirement,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The tournament will also serve as the final buildup for some swimmers who will be competing in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Competition slated on November 27 to December 2 in Thailand.
“We want to prepare them for the Bangkok Meet because we want to claim the overall title this time. We are confident of our chances in Bangkok since the swimmers that we will be sending are no pushovers. All of theme are medal contenders,” added Papa.
In the Coseteng Cup, classes A and B swimmers compete in the opening day while in the second day, they wil be joined by swimmers from Class C and Motivational. The top three finishers will be awarded with medals while the top swimmers in each age group will receive Most Outstanding Swimmer trophies.
“We will also be selecting swimmers for our international competitions next year in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia. Our goal is to let them experience competing in international level. It will further motivate them,” added Papa.
The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.