The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) collected a total of 871 points to wind up fourth in the overall championship race of the 2015 Japan Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Tokyo International Swimming Pool in Tokyo, Japan.
Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees Kyla Soguilon of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School and Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines Integrated School earned 80 points each to power the Philippine delegation to a strong finish in the three-day meet participated by teams from China, US, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and host Japan.
Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque got 77 points while Rio Lorenzo Malapitan of Divine Word College-Calapan Mindoro scored 76 and Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas chipped in 73.
Holy Spirit School l-Quezon City’s Angela Claire Torrico contributed 67 while University of the Philippines’ Lans Rawlin Donato and Drew Benett Magbag delivered 65 and 63 points, respectively.
“We are satisfied with our performance in Japan and we are hoping to double the number of our delegation when we participate again next year. This competition is one of the toughest tournaments that we’re joining but it’s a good exposure for them,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Completing the points earned by the team were 61 each from Paula Carmela Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School and Lucio Cuyong 2nd of Aklan Swimming Team, 60 from Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School, 58 from Joanna Amor Cervas of Aklan Swimming Team, 40 from Kobe Soguilon of Aklan Swimming Team and 11 from Edmundo Tolentino Jr.
St. Mary’s International School Swimming Team led by International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup veteran Joshua Brown bagged the overall championship crown while British International School and American International School settled for second and third.
“It was a great experience for our swimmers as they were able to compete against these strong teams. Some members of these foreign teams participated in the FINA World Cup just recently,” added Papa.
“And apart from the experience we got, we also gained the respect of these teams especially the foreign coaches,” she said.
Papa sent 14 tankers in the Tokyo meet but was able to produce a total of 39 medals on 19 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes.
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).
EMIL C. NOGUERA