The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) contingent will be gunning for a five-gold medal haul when the 2016 Hamilton Aquatics Winter Long Course Swimming Championship unfolds on Saturday at the Gems Nations Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Filipino tankers are up for challenge in the two-day meet as Adam Peaty, who won a gold medal in 100m breaststroke in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has confirmed participation.
“It’s a good exposure for our swimmers since some of the Olympians are showing up here including Adam Peaty. Our swimmers are excited to compete, we had our last training in the morning before plunging into action on Saturday,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“Hamilton is one of the best team. We will be up against strong swimmers from Scotland, United Kingdom, India and China,” added Papa.
Veteran campaigners Sean Elijash Enero of Mapua Institute of Technology, Drew Magbag of University of the Philippines and Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School will have their hands full against the 22-year-old Peaty.
Also seeing action are Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College, Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East and Albert Sermonia of Diliman Preparatory School.
The other members of the team are Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan of Divine Word College-Calapan, Jeffrey Hirao of College of Saint Benilde and Triza Tabamo of Holy Spirit School of Tarlac.
Joining Papa in the delegation are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Regional Director Joan Mojdeh, and coaches Joey Andaya and Ryan Robles.
“We’re all set and we’re looking forward to a successful campaign in this competition,” added the PSL chief.