The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) is revving up for two big international tournaments in Japan and Australia scheduled in the first quarter of the year.
Swimmer of the Year candidates Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque will be leading the country’s campaign in the 2016 Tokyo Invitational Swimming Championship on February 4 to 10.
“We were invited to compete again in Japan dahil na-impress sila sa performance ng team noong November when we first joined. We’re happy dahil nakita nila na may potential ang mga bata,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“Right now, we’re monitoring them from time to time dahil malalakas ang mga makakalaban natin dito sa Japan. Gusto namin na magkaroon tayo ng magandang start para sa taong ito,” Papa added.
After the Japan meet, the PSL tankers will be going to Perth, Australia to vie for honors in the 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge on March 23 to 30.
Papa wants to match, if not surpass, the team’s 41-gold, 13-silver, eight-bronze medal haul in the 2015 edition with Zamora looking to defend his eight individual titles.
“The kids are aiming to break records in Australia. Last year, we broke 12 records – three each from Zamora and Kyla Soguilon and two each from Mojdeh, Martin Pupos, Stephen Guzman and Drew Magbag,” said Papa.
Besides the first two international competitions, PSL will continue its National Series in different parts of the country as it aims to discover fresh talents especially those from the rural areas.
The PSL National Series will also serve as qualifying tournament for the prestigious Summer World University Games slated next year in Taipei, Taiwan.
PSL sent 50 blessed swimmers in the 2015 edition held in Gwangju, South Korea.