A crack 31-man Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delegation left on Thursday to compete in the prestigious 21st Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet scheduled on September 12 to 13 at the Singapore Swimming Club.
Headling the team were PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa along with veteran international campaigners Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque, Marc Bryan Dula of Wissenheimer Academy, Aubrey Tom of Marikina Aquabears and Rafael Lentejas 3rd of Ateneo de Manila University.
“The kids are pumped up, they are raring to go, win medals for our country. Talagang palaban ang mga batang ito kaya ngayon pa lang sinasanay na namin sila sa malalaking international tournaments tulad ng Singapore Midget,” said Papa.
All members of the team went through a two-week training camp held at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City to ensure that they are in tip-top condition before plunging into action.
“Binantayan namin ‘yung mga oras ng mga bata dahil nakita namin sa meet information na malalakas ang mga makakalaban nila ngayon. Ang bababa ng mga oras ng mga kalaban. Pero hindi natatakot ang mga bata,” added Papa.
PSL is hoping to surpass its one-gold, one-silver, one-bronze output in the 2014 edition.
China, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, South Korea, Chinese-Taipei and host Singapore are among the top teams which will be seeing action in the two-day meet.
Besides the four veteran tankers, also gunning for medals are Ethan Gabriel, Asha Segotier, Julyianna Calibjo, Khrystian Tan, Michael Samaniego, Mykel Cuasay, Rodolf Rasay, Julia Basa, Chloe Laurente, Rex Dela Cruz Jr., Alexa Larrazabal, Amdre Dela Cruz, Mikyla Guzman, Tiffany Sanchez, Gian Banas, Morie Pabalan, Louise Famanilla, Venice Villarasa, John Bautista, Victor Cabrera, Chelsea Pastolero, Nicole Camacho, Janine Consul, Justin Badion, Allen Conda, Joshua Camacho and Prince Angeles.