More than 200 aspiring swimmers will be seeing action in the Philippine Swimming League-Magnolia Novice Swim Meet today at the Fleet Marines Naval Swimming Pool in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Medals and trophies are up for grabs in the 5-under, 6 to 16 and 17-over categories for boys and girls. The champion team will receive P3,000 while the second and third get P2,000 and P1,000, respectively.
“We are doing this to sustain our grassroots development program. We want to identify potential swimmers, to train and guide them properly for future international competitions,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Palarong Pambansa multi-gold medalist Paula Cayanan, a consistent medal producer in international scene, is one of the products of the PSL grassroots program. She just won two gold medals in the 2014 West Shizuoka Swimming Championships in Honshu, Japan.
Besides Cayanan, the other notable products of the PSL are Jaz Villanueva, Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Dula, Inaki Emil Lorbes, Emanuel Joshua Lorbes, Andrea Pacheco and Eunice Mercado.
“Cayanan started competing at age 9 to 10 with PSL. She was coached by Joey Andaya of JA swimming team and was part of the PSL team in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and China. Her PSL record is 27.34 achieved last January during the 1st Manila Times Swimming Championship. She surpassed the junior national record,” added Papa.
The PSL is also staging its regular swimming competition—the 5th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Cup—on June 28 to 29 at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila.
“In time we will be able to catch up of being behind in world of swimming and we are patient in moving forward inch by inch, day by day in PSL grassroots development program. We would also like to thank Magnolia for always supporting us,” said Papa.
PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.
The PSL will be selecting swimmers for the 2015 World Summer University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.