More than 500 swimmers will be seeing action in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL)-Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) 77th National Leg Series scheduled on Sunday at the DPS Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Teams from Alabang, Bicol, Pampanga, Davao, Surigao, Aklan, Cavite, Laguna, Paranaque, Quezon Province, Mindoro, Calapan, Parañaque, Quezon City, Caloocan City, Taguig, Antipolo, Marikina, Pasay, Bulacan, Novaliches, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu and Baguio have already confirmed participation.
The tournament will serve as qualifiers for tournaments in Singapore, Thailand and Australia as the PSL aims to provide international exposure to the young and talented swimmers.
Medals and trophies are up for grabs in four categories – Novice and classes A, B and C.
“We would like to motivate both the learn to swim and the motivational category swimmers to go beyond summer. That is why we are giving a lot of medals and trophies,” said PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
The PSL-DPS has prepared more than 1,000 medals and 100 trophies for most outstanding swimmers in each category.
“The swimming competition is open to everyone. It is very easy to join the competition, as you don’t need to pay for any membership. We are happy with the turnout of this edition in terms of number of participants who registered as early as last month,” added Benasa.
A separate set of trophies – the President’s Trophy – will be awarded to the top male and female swimmers who will earn the best FINA points. A cash reward of P1,500 each also awaits the winners.
Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon won the President’s Trophy awards in the 73rd National Leg Series.
The tournament also serves as tuneup for eight swimmers who will be competing in the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championship on May 29 to 31.
They are Zamora (boys’ 14), Soguilon (girls’ 10), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8 years), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 years), Charize Juliana Esmero (girls’ 12 years), Roger Giron (boys’ 15 years), Marie Joe Borres (girls’ 10 years) and Alic Deniel Dela Cruz (girls’ 15 years).
PSL President Susan Papa currently holds a training camp at The Mills Country Club in Morningfields, Carmeltown in Laguna as part of preparation for the Hong Kong meet.
“We would like to thank The Mills Country Club led by General Manager Jerson Masiglat for allowing us to use their world-class facilities. It’s just the first part of our intensive training camp and we’re looking forward to bring more kids here,” said 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), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).