More than 200 tankers will be gunning for medals and Universiade slots in the 86th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Baguio Halloween Swim Meet beginning today at the Athletic Bowl Swimming Pool Complex.
Leading the participants in the one-day event are Paul Christian King Cusing and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh as well as Baguio Penguins Swimming Club standout Nathan Cheng, who are aiming to break records in their respective events.
Diiman Preparatory School’s Cusing and Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque’s Mojdeh are using the Baguio swim meet to acclimatize as they are set to compete in the 2015 Tokyo Swimming Championship in Japan in November.
Cusing and Mojdeh have won numerous medals in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia in April while Cheng has been part of the PSL delegation in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet in Thailand.
“Our swimmers are acclimatizing since the weather here in Baguio is almost of the same weather in Tokyo. It is perfect training for them. These kids are aiming to break records and we’re optimistic that they’ll achieve their target,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The event will serve as qualifying for the prestigious Summer World University Games as well as international tournaments such as the Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand and the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia.
“PSL would like to thank Johnny Hernandez of Victory Liner and Antonette Cheng of Baguio Penguins Swim Club for hosting the event as we aim to discover fresh talents from the northern part of the country,” added Papa.
Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees.
So far, PSL has already named more than 80 qualified tankers for the World University Games to be held in Taipei, Taiwan in 2017. But the number is expected to increase as the association goes to different parts of the country next year.
“We want to offer this once in a lifetime Universiade experience to every swimmer in different parts of the country. We want to give everyone a chance to qualify especially those who are in rural areas,” Papa stressed.
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