More than 400 swimmers led by veteran campaigners Sean Terrence Zamora, Seth Martin and Francesca Joves will be vying for honors in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 54th Leg Series beginning today at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.
Zamora won nine gold medals in the Royal Bangkok Sports Club Swimming Championships held in December in Thailand where he broke the nine-year-old mark in the boys’ 100-meter butterfly in 1:07.58.
The 11-year-old Martin was the Most Bemedalled Swimmer in the 2013 Singapore Swimming Championship while Joves is a Palarong Pambansa medalist and a recipient of the University of the Philippines Integrated School Outstanding Athlete of the Year plum.
The tournament serves as tryout to select swimmers who will represent the country in international competitions in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia as well as in the 2015 Summer World Universiade in South Korea.
“Time is so fast we started with a big bang in Cape Town then a successful event in Capiz and now we are on the 54th Leg Series. This is a qualifying event for 2015 Universiade and international events in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore,” PSL President Susan Papa said.
“We are happy that a lot of swimmers from PSL are making use of our grassroots developmental program. Paula Cayanan is being recruited by a Japanese coach to train in Japan. We promoted Maurice Sacho Ilustre now recruited by De La Salle Zobel. We are happy for them,” Papa added.
Other notable swimmers to see action in the two-day meet are Emanuel Joshua Lorbes, Iniaki Emil Lorbes, Marc Bryan Dula, Phoebe Orlina, Jasrel Francisco, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Kyla Soguilon, Michael Lozada, Charles Ticbaen, Bea Magtibay, Delia Angela Cordero, Chloe Fabic, Portia Kate Doragos and Carlo Doragos.
“Part of our program is to promote their achievements and become popular by recognizing their talents and it works. That is actually we want to achieve and PSL achieving them.” Papa ended.
The PSL is the national sports association affiliated with the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines, and holds the longest running grassroots developmental program.