The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) vowed to make an impact when a crack 31-man team plunges into action in the 2015 Singapore Midget Swimming Championship scheduled on September 12 to 13 in Singapore.
“The young Philippine Swimming League swimmers ages 9 to 6 years old are ready to compete in the Singapore Midget meet. The swimmers are in combination of veteran and newcomers in international competition,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Leading the country’s campaign are veteran international campaigners Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Bryan Dula, Aubrey Tom and Rafael Lentejas III.
“For the last few weeks they were practicing with our PSL technical head Alfredo Mascardo at Diliman Preparatory School. They learned how to focus from beginning to the end, putting in mind to swim the other end as fast as they can,” stressed Papa.
Mojdeh, an Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque standout, said “I want to bring home a trophy as birthday gift for coach Susan Papa.”
She ruled the girls’ 8 years 25-meter butterfly last year, the country’s first gold medal in the tournament. She was also the Most Outstanding Swimmer in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Meet and 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship.
“The others are first timers in international competition and we are just telling all swimmers not to be pressured with winning medals but just to swim of their best swim. It is more than enough for me,” added Papa.
In the 2014 edition of the two-day meet, PSL won one gold, one silver and one bronze. “We pray to surpass that,” Papa said.
The other members of the team 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.
The PSL tankers will be competing against top swimmers from host Singapore, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.
PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.