PSL-MAGNOLIA SWIM MEET FIRES OFF ON MAY 24

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Andrea Pacheco completes a lap during the 57th Philippine Swimming League Leg Series inKalibo, Aklan. She bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the girls’ 15 years. PHOTO BY CATHERINE LORBES

Andrea Pacheco completes a lap during the 57th Philippine Swimming League Leg Series inKalibo, Aklan. She bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the girls’ 15 years. PHOTO BY CATHERINE LORBES

The search for talented swimmers continues as the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) stages its 58th Leg Series dubbed as the PSL-Magnolia Swim Meet on May 24 to 25 at the Diliman Preparatory School Swimming Pool in Quezon City.

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More than 400 swimmers are expected to see action in the two-day meet swimfest.

The PSL will be implementing a new format this time “to take the swimmers’ game to the next level.”

“This is going to be a big help in make them a very competitive swimmers as we are gearing up for the 2015 World University Games (Universiade) next year in Gwangju, South Korea,” said PSL President Susan Papa. “We need to apply new formats to bring our competition a higher level. It’s going to be an exciting edition.”

The separation of Class A-B to Class C swimmers is one of the new formats, according to Papa. “You need to meet a certain time to be included in the Class A-B group. All Class A-B swimmers will be competing against each other.”

The PSL will also award cash incentives to the top teams with the champion getting P3,000, and the second and third placers earning P2,000 and P1,000, respectively, along with their respective trophies.

“This swim meet will encourage participation along with great competition for swimmers ages eight and under up to Master’s Level. This is open to all. Everyone can join, participate and submit their entries,” added Papa.

The tournament serves as tryout for the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea and some international tournaments in the future including the Singapore Swimming Championships and the Royal Bangkok Swim Meet in Thailand.

The PSL is fresh from winning eight golds, five silvers and three bronzes in the Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championship. It also bagged 21 golds in the 2014 Australia Swimming Champions-All Stars Challenge in Perth in April and 18 golds in the 2014 Western Cape Swimming Gala in Cape Town, South Africa in February.

PSL has the longest grassroots program in sport and is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.

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