The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has named 14 swimmers who will represent the country in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge swimming championship scheduled on April 4 to 6 in Perth, Australia.
PSL Swimmers of the Year Sean Terrence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon, who is also the Milo Female Junior Athlete of the Year, will be leading the squad along with 2013 PSL Female Rookie of the Year Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, 2014 Male Rookie of the Year Martin Pupos and consistent PSL Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee Drew Benett Magbag.
“We are happy to participate again in All-Star Challenge and be one of the strongest participants in Asia versus Australia. We are also excited to see our fellow Filipinos living in Australia,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also included in the list are Daryl James Concepcion, Paul Christian King Cusing, Stephen Guzman, Julian Ingrid Pupos, Charize Juliana Esmero, Angelica Mae Medrano, Aalia Jaire Espejo, John Andre Mendoza and Nigel Anthony Romey.
“We would like to thank the Filipino community in Australia. They made an assurance that they will support us in our campaign. This one is for our country and the kids are all excited,” added Papa.
Among the members of the Filipino community in Australia are Vicki Wotherspoon, George Embido and Carmela Embido from Mandurah. Other supporters were Marino Salinas, Ali Gabunia, Chit Gabunia, Cecilia Bolasoc Orchard, Ofilia Leady, Bien Dela Cerna, Rey Padernilla, Ramona Padernilla, Michael Soriano, Arturo Soriano of Muffin Break, Rey Lucio of Cabalen Catering, Maila of Sugba Resto, Fortune Villanueva, Nitoy Chan, Boyet Maribbay, Noble Mcconkey, Cecil Orchard, Jessie Cajustin and Fr. Concord.
In the 2014 edition of the Indian Ocean All-Star Challege, the PSL bagged a total of 50 medals on 34 golds, six silvers and 10 bronzes with Zamora claiming eight individual golds and Pupos winning four golds.
Zamora, who topped the 50m free, 100m free, 100m back, 50m breast, 100m breast, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 200m Individual Medley, was hailed as the Most Outstanding Swimmer in his age-group.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines—an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.
Besides the Australia meet, the PSL is also gearing up for the prestigious 2015 World University Games scheduled in July in Gwangju, South Korea.