PSL-MAGNOLIA SWIM MEET FIRES OFF TODAY

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Young swimmers Michael Gabriel Lozada, Marc Bryan Dula and Julienne Fernandez are among the top contenders in the PSL-Magnolia Swim Meet. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Young swimmers Michael Gabriel Lozada, Marc Bryan Dula and Julienne Fernandez are among the top contenders in the PSL-Magnolia Swim Meet. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

More than 400 swimmers from different parts of the country will plunge into action in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 58th Leg Series dubbed as the PSL-Magnolia Swim Meet beginning today at the Diliman Preparatory School Swimming Pool in Quezon City.

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More than 1,000 medals are up for grabs in 13 age groups for boys and girls as well as trophies for the Most Outstanding Swimmers. Trophies and cash prizes await the top three teams with the champion getting P3,000, and the second and third placers earning P2,000 and P1,000, respectively.

The tournament will also serve as the penultimate tryout for the prestigious World University Games (Universiade) scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea and other international competitions including the Singapore Swimming Meet in July.

“As early as now, we need to identify the swimmers for the World University Games. We are preparing a training program for them to ensure that they are in perfect condition before going to Gwangju,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

“The World University Games is a once in a lifetime experience. I want them to experience the high-level competition, the atmosphere of competing against the world’s best swimmers and the hospitality given by the host country,” added Papa.

The PSL Leg Series is open to all swimmers with no membership requirement.

“Our monthly competition is open to everyone. We want to give this opportunity to all young kids who are dreaming of representing and giving honor to our country,” stressed Papa.

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.

The PSL has been successful for the past years in international scene.

This year alone, the PSL already won a total of 86 medals on 47 golds, 22 silvers and 17 bronzes in three major competitions abroad.

They grabbed 18 golds in the 2014 Western Cape Swimming Gala in Cape Town, South Africa in February, 21 golds in the 2014 Australia Swimming Champions-All Stars Challenge in Perth in April, and eight golds in the Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championship early this month.

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