More than 300 swimmers from some 70 colleges and universities will be vying for honors in the 85th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the All-School Swim Challenge beginning today at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
The competition will serve as qualifying for the 2017 Summer World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan as well as international tournaments in Phuket Invitational Swim Meet in Thailand, Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, and Hong Kong Stingrays Invitational Swimming Championship.
“We encourage wide participation of schools to open the gates for World Universiade Games. The year 2017 is fast approaching and I am surprised that many swimmers are still unaware of it. I pity the swimmers that are missing the once in a life time experience because of coaches who deny their participation,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
PSL wants to send 96 tankers (48 male and 48 female) to the Taiwan Universiade.
“We are creating programs with the intention to provide opportunities and appropriate training and educational intervention essential in establishing ‘long-term growth’ and we are thankful that there are lots of people who support our program especially Sen. Nikki
Coseteng,” 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 while the swimmer with the most number of records broken will get a separate Presidential Trophy.
“Swimmers must be entered carrying their school name only. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to top three finishers only while the fourth, fifth and sixth placers will also be awarded medals. Most Outstanding Trophy will be awarded by age bands,” stressed Papa.
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).