More than 500 tankers have already confirmed participation in the 119th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series to be held from July 22 to 23 at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Malate, Manila.
The tournament serves as a qualifying event for international tournaments.
“In more than six years, the PSL was able to establish monthly competitions, and now we are on our 119th leg. PSL has definitely met its goal – even exceeding it – actually,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Medals and trophies are up for grabs in the 6-under, 7, 8, 9, 10 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15-over for boys and girls in the two-day meet supported by The Manila Times.
“Everyone is welcome to participate. No membership requirement. We are happy that a lot of swimmers from PSL are making use of our grassroots developmental program,” added Papa.
Among the featured events are 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly for six-under; 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly for seven to nine years; and 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50n breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly for 10-over.
“Categories will be from Class AB and Class C and the competition will be focusing more on long courses. Awarding will be by age band, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top three (3) finishers by age band, separately by category (Class AB and Class C),” Papa stressed.
The champion team gets P3,000 while the runner-up takes home P2,000 and the third-placer receives P1,000.
“The PSL is taking advantage of the long course competition to come up with our selection for the 2017 Japan and Dubai competition. Qualified swimmers will be identified according to the results and combined points of each swimmer according to age band and category,” ended Papa.
The PSL is recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission as an official swimming association following its impressive grassroots development program that aims to train talented swimmers for future international competitions.
It is also accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines – an affiliate of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
EMIL C. NOGUERA