Astrong 67-member Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delegation will be leaving today (Thursday) to compete in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship scheduled on August 1 to 4 at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC).
Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon along with veteran international campaigners Marc Bryan Dula, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Stephen Guzman, Paul Christian Cusing, Martin Jacob Pupos, Charize Esmero, Aalia Jaire Espejo and Aubrey Tom will be leading the country’s campaign in the four-day meet.
Joining them are PSL President Susan Papa along with Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa, Marlon Dula, Ephraim Rivera and Joel Villa.
“This is a great venue and competing with a great team. Joseph Schooling, the winner of nine gold medals in last Southeast Asian Games came from SICC and Sean Terence will try to break the records that Schooling holds,” Papa said.
Seeing action in their respective age-groups are Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Ferdinand Ian Trinidad, Lowestein Julian Lazaro, Pia Loy, Robby Loy, Jason Mirabueno, Aron Romey, Nigel Romey, Aubrey Ybanez, Andrea Ybanez and James Young.
“Zamora bettered the record held by Schooling last year when he was thirteen years old. He was inspired by Schooling when he won nine medals in the last SEA Games. This time, Zamora wants to surpass all records of Schooling,” added Papa.
The other members of the team are Stephen Abalos, Carl Adones, Danica Alba, Isis Arnaldo, Hannah Ataza, Jayani Balutan, Meynard Bautista, Nicollete Belgica, Janelle Blanch Isabella Buniel, Lee Cabral, Tricia Capistrano, Sophia Castillo, Joanna Cervas, Riandrea Chico, Maxine Dalmacio, Gianna Data Joey Del Rosario, Jine Deligero, Sophia Estrada, Marcus Fayta-ren, Samantha Lachica and Mark Marajucom.
Also in the list are John Andre Mendoza, Gian Nunez, Jason Ong, Jenny Ong, Karl Pastoril, Edward Princillo, Philip Princillo, Hans Reyes, Alecsandra Rivera, Edgar Roberto, John Salibio, Vincent Samaniego, Santien Santos, Judi Segotier, Albert Sermonia, Jewel Sermonia, Jay Tecson, Ed Tolentino, Jake Torrelino, Christine Townend, Luis Ventura and Shyne Villagomeza.
“We are happy to send the 67 swimmers and the team will be composed of veteran international swimmers and swimmers that would like to experience and be expose to internatioal competition,” stressed Papa.
The SICC swimming pool was the same venue where Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the US swimming team acclimatized for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Last year, the PSL won the overall title after earning 69 gold, 55 silver and 37 bronze medals.
The 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).