PSL bets to plunge into HK Stingrays meet action

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PSL TANKERS  The first batch (morning flight) of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team composed of (from left) PSL President Susan Papa, Chrize Juliana Esmero, Kyla Soguilon, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Stephen Guzman, Sean Terence Zamora and PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa. The second batch (evening flight) includes Roger Dante Giron, Deniel Alic Dela Cruz and Marie Joe Borres (not in the picture). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PSL TANKERS
The first batch (morning flight) of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team composed of (from left) PSL President Susan Papa, Chrize Juliana Esmero, Kyla Soguilon, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Stephen Guzman, Sean Terence Zamora and PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa. The second batch (evening flight) includes Roger Dante Giron, Deniel Alic Dela Cruz and Marie Joe Borres (not in the picture). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be vying for medals in 47 events in the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships beginning on Friday at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool.

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University of Santo Tomas’ Sean Terence Zamora has six events in the boys’ 14 years – the 200-meter Individual Medley (IM), 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 100m butterfly.

Former Rookie of the Year awardee, eight-year-old Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Mary Immaculate Concepcion College-Paranaque will be seeing action in five events (girls’ 9-under 100m IM, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke) while Kyla Soguilon of Aklan hopes to deliver in the girls’ 10-over 100m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

University of the Philippines Integrated School standout Charize Juliana Esmero will also compete in six events in the girls’ 12 years (200m IM, 100m freestyle 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle).

The other members of the team are Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 years 100m back, 200m fly, 100m fly, 100m free, 200m back and 50m free), Roger Dante Giron (boys’ 15 years 200m IM, 200m fly, 100m fly, 100m back, 200m back and 50m free), Marie Joe Borres (girls’ 10 years 200m IM, 100m back, 200m back, 200m breast, 100m breast and 50m free), and Alic Deniel Dela Cruz (girls’ 15 years 200m IM, 100m free, 200m back, 100m back 200m fly and 50m free).

“We have a strong chance of winning gold medals sa events nila Zamora, Mojdeh and Esmero. Sa events nila Soguilon and Guzman medyo mahirap kasi pareho silang 10 years old pero ang mga kalaban nila 12 years old na,” PSL President Susan Papa said.

Papa remains upbeat of the team’s chances of surpassing the 16-medal output in the 2014 edition.

“Definitely lalaban ang mga batang ito. Hindi yan basta basta susuko. They already embraced the responsibility of representing the country in international scene kaya lalaban talaga yan para makapasok sa top three,” stressed Papa.

The PSL is a 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).

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