The search for World Summer University Games bets resumes on Saturday as the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) holds its 97th National Series – Top 16 Swimming Championship at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
Trophies and medals will be awarded to the Most Outstanding Swimmers in each age group (6-under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-over) for boys and girls but more importantly, the PSL will select talented swimmers for the World Summer University Games scheduled next year in New Taipei City in Taiwan.
“We are not requiring a membership just to be part of the Philippine Team going to the World University Games. As long as you meet the standards and you are willing to represent our country, you are in,” stressed PSL President Susan Papa.
Each swimmer is allowed to participate in five individual events – 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke for 8-under; 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley for 9-10; and 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley for 11-over.
“We want to give everyone a chance to experience world-class competitions like the Universiade. It’s a once in a lifetime experience as you’ll be competing against the world’s best student-athletes,” added Papa.
Two swimmers (one male and one female) with the highest International Swimming Federation (FINA) points will receive the Presidential Trophies and P1,500 cash incentive each.
Besides the Universiade, PSL is also preparing for two major international events – the SICC Invitational Swimming Championship in August in Singapore and the 2016 SSC Midget Meet Swimming Competition in September also in Singapore.
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).