PSL Aklan tourney unfolds Saturday

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Male Swimmer of the Year awardee Sean Terence Zamora. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Male Swimmer of the Year awardee Sean Terence Zamora. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

More than 300 tankers will be vying for honors in the 75th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as the Cong. Ted Harresco Jr. Swim Cup scheduled on Saturday at the Aklan Provincial Sports Complex in Makato, Aklan.

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PSL President Susan Papa said the tournament serves as qualifying for international tournaments in Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, China, Turkey and Thailand.

“We’re looking forward to another successful competition here in Aklan. A lot of teams from the Visayas region have confirmed participation including those from Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Capiz and other provinces. Teams from Manila and other parts of Luzon are also joining,” said Papa.

Medals will be awarded to the Top 3 finishers by age band while trophies will be given to the Most Outstanding Swimmers in each category.

“Our aim here is to open the gate to swimmers in provincial areas because we believe that we have a lot of good swimmers in this region. There are more than 15 swimmers from Visayas whoever qualified to the World University Games scheduled in July in Gwangju, South Korea,” Papa stressed.

“We want them to experience the honor to represent our country in a world-class tournament. Makakasama nila sa Athletes’ Village ‘yung mga world champions, makakalaban nila sa pool. Magiging inspirasyon nila ito para mas maging mahusay na swimmer, ma-achieve yung dream na maging world-class athlete in the future,” she added.

An Open Water competition backed by the Philippine National Red Cross Youth will be held on Sunday at the Crystal San Beach Resort Station 2 in Boracay.

The awarding of Swimmers of the Year, Rookies of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Most Improved Swimmers and People’s Choice winners will also be held on April 19.

University of Santo Tomas’ Sean Terence Zamora (boys) and Aklan Swim Team’s Kyla Soguilon (girls) are the 2014 Swimmers of the Year while Martin Jacob Pupos of Elite Swimming Team and Aubrey Ybanez of Cavite Sailfish will be recognized with the Rookie of the Year honors for boys and girls, respectively. The other awardees are Edwin Valdez and Richard Robles (Coaches of the Year), and Chloe Fabic and Jeffrey Hirao (Most Improved).

Zamora and Soguilon will also lead the People’s Choice winners along with Rookie of the Year Rio Lorenzo Malapitan for boys and Ybanez for girls (2,334), Most Improved Chloe Marie Fabic for girls and Joey del Rosario for boys, and Robles (Coach of the Year).

The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.

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