PSL 79th National Series unfolds Saturday

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The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be holding its 79th National Series dubbed at the 7th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Top 16 Swimming Meet scheduled on Saturday at the Diliman College Swimming Pool in Quezon City.

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The one-day meet is the first qualifying event for the 2017 Summer World University Games which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan. Besides the Universiade, the event serves as tryout to select the country’s representatives for international tournaments in China, India, Thailand and Australia.

“This will be the start of selection process for 2017 Taipei Summer World University Games. It is open to all swimmers in our country. Must be 17 to 28 years old and enrolled in college. We will also select swimmers for age-group tournament in Perth, Australia as part of our grassroots development process,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

The Top 16 swimmers per event/gender will be based on PSL’s database record. Swimmers (male and female) with highest FINA (International Swimming Federation) points get P1,500 each a customized President’s Trophy.

For more details, contact the PSL secretariat at philippineswimmingleague@hotmail.com.

“We want everyone to experience a world-class elite event. We are opening our doors to them. It’s truly a once in a lifetime opportunity competing against the world’s best student-athletes. Some of them are Olympic medalists,” added Papa.

“Being part of the Philippine delegation to Universiade means having 24 hours security, 24 hours buffet food, 24 hours free any public transportation, free medical and cultural tours. You can watch all the game you want for free, competing among the best student athletes in the world. And you will be part of a historical event in sports. We say they are all truly blessed swimmers,” she stressed.

More than 40 PSL tankers were able to experience the 2015 Summer World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

“With this batch that was sent to Gwangju, my only hope is that we may be able to shed some light with our younger Filipino swimmers that there is more than just these local competitions. There is actually one prestigious event that exists for athletes who try hard to maintain their academic competency whilst trying to do good in the athletic field,” shared Genevive Zamora of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.

“We can actually get them ready for a better and brighter performance in the next Universiades to come, because we still have time. May we be able to inspire and push them to become well-rounded athletes that dream big and do more,” she ended.

The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap) – an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).

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