The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) got a big boost following the support thrown by Magnolia for its 57th Leg Series dubbed at PSL-Magnolia Swimfest beginning today at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
“Magnolia will support our grassroots development program. Magnolia saw how PSL evolved likewise having a mission and vision of helping the nation to have healthy citizenry,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
More than 1,200 medals will be awarded in the tournament which is open to all swimmers from ages 10 and below, and 11 and over for boys and girls. PSL having the longest grassroots program in sport is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines and affiliated to Federation International Sports University.
“Parallel to the objectives of Magnolia, the needs of every youth and adult should go into sports such as swimming to save themselves and eventually save lives of others in time of calamity,” added Papa.
The Most Outstanding Swimmers in each age-group will be awarded with trophies while a Team Championship trophy will be awarded to the top performing squad.
The participants in this edition are teams from Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Cavite, Angeles City, Lucena Quezon, Bicol, Laguna, Batangas, Navotas, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasay, Bulacan, Malabon, Caloocan, Antipolo, Novaliches, Aklan and Davao City.
“In this competition we will name athlete that would qualify for 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. We will also introduce swimmers that will compete in Perth, Australia and Hong Kong,” said Papa.
After the PSL-Magnolia leg, the PSL resumes its regional competitions as it goes to Boracay and Kalibo, Aklan.
“With PSL grassroots development program, its not just serious swimming but also summer fun, fun, fun with Magnolia KPop,” ended Papa.
Among the top swimmers to take part in this event are Marc Bryan Dula, Kiana Zurbano, Gab Labasan, Noah Labasan, Recz Agustin, Kyler Barlao, Shaun Papa, Rafa Santos, Jaz Villanueva, Jasmine Mojdeh, Neo Nunez, Monchito Callanta, Robie Borromeo, Aki Lorbes, EJ Lorbes, Kio Abacahin, Andre Abacahin, Andrea Pacheco, Ella Mercado, Eunice Mercado and Daniel Mercado. They are mentored by coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula.