The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) named 16 swimmers for the 2017 edition of the prestigious Summer World University Games to be held in Taipei, Taiwan.
According to PSL President Susan Papa, the swimmers were selected based on their showing in the 79th PSL National Series dubbed as the Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swim Championship held at the Diliman College Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Leading the first batch are University of the Philippines standout Joy Rodgers along with fellow Gwangju Universiade veterans Ramon de Marcaida, Sean Ortega, Louie Martin Cesdorio, Jie Lord Isanan and Rochelle Dimalanta.
“These swimmers were selected so that they can train at the Diliman College swimming center as early as now. We ask them to start training under coach Joey Andaya and later we will assign other coaches to help the selected swimmers and surpass their best,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Joining them in the initial list are Trisha Oliveros, Kobe Soguilon, Gianna Data, Anthony Dimayuga, Roger Dante Giron, Tristan Pascua, Aron Anthony Romey, Anjoe Loberanes, Rome Corpuz and Ernest Raphael Arceo.
The PSL will be holding tryouts in different parts of the country in the coming months including the 80th PSL National Series scheduled on August 8 at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Vito Cruz, Manila.
“Again, tryout is open to everyone whatever organization they belong. They must pass the eligibility of age 17 to 28 and currently enrolled in tertiary level. This is a chance and opportunity of a life time,” added Papa.
Meanwhile, Rodgers and University of Santo Tomas’ Sean Terence Zamora bagged the President’s Trophy in the Coseteng Swim Meet.
Zamora (boys’ 14 years) and Rodgers (girls’ 15-over) got the highest FINA (International Swimming Federation) points in their respective divisions to pocket the prestigious award and P1,500 each.
The 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).