Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts Kyla Soguilon of Aklan and Aubrey Tom of Marikina will be leaving today (Tuesday) to compete in the 2015 Phuket International Swimming Championship on March 27 to 29 in Thailand.
Soguilon and Tom will be accompanied by PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Victoria May Soguilon and Shirley Tom.
The 10-year-old Soguilon, the PSL Female Swimmer of the Year and Milo Junior Athlete of the Year awardee, takes part in seven events – the girls’ 10 years 200-meter open water, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.
For her part, Tom participates in the 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle.
“It’s a good venue to test their skills as some of the region’s best swimmers are expected to show up in that event. We want to expose these kids in this kind of competition as early as possible,” said Papa.
“They will try to break the national records in their age-groups. We’re all excited to see them compete and hopefully bring home medals for our country,” she added.
The venue of the competition is the Thanyapura Phuket – a world-class training facility – where the national teams of the Netherlands and Hungary currently train.
“Also in this competition, they will get a chance to see the Dutch and Hungarian national teams currently training in Thanyapura, Thailand,” Papa added.
After the Phuket tournament, Soguilon will join the 10-member PSL squad that will be participating in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth Australia slated on April 1 to 8.
The other Perth-bound tankers are Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Drew Benett Magbag, Martin Jacob Pupos, Stephen Guzman, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Julian Pupos, Aalia Jaire Espejo and Paul Christian Cusing.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) —an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).