The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) named 15 Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in the 69th PSL Leg Series held at the Panaad Sports Complex in Bacolod City.
Siblings Julie Mary Occeño (14) and Rose Mary Occeño (17) spearheaded the winners in girls’ division along with Naomi Taira Divinagracia (6), Alexi Kozenye Cabayaran (8), Kyla Soguilon (9), Sidley Malumay (11) and Andrea Jerez (15).
Francis Benedict Timilar (6), Michael Gabriel Lozada (8), Jennuel Booh De Leon (9), Thim Concon (12), Remro Limaco (13), Luis Vicente Evangelista (16) and Marco Lacson (19) were the awardees in the boys’ category.
“PSL is all out to all potential swimmers. One parent asked, what if there are better swimmers but did not participate during the try-out, I answered specifically, it is just like in the beauty contest, even you are the most beautiful girl out there, but you did not join the beauty contest like Binibining Pilipinas, hindi ka pa mapipili,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“It is the same thing in swimming, you maybe the fastest swimmer but if you do not join the try-out that we announce open to all, then you can not be selected. The slower swimmer who undergo the selection process will qualify to go,” she added.
Panaad Swim Team took the overall title while Santa Fe State Resort and Aklan Swim Team placed second and third, respectively.
“I will send this grassroots swimmer rather than importing a swimmer abroad, who will not win anyway. I love my very own grassroots. They go to school, they will make it. I will help them cross the bridge easier and give the opportunity to become righteous people and payback after they retire. I always stress that Gratitude is the best attitude! It must be present in their system,” stressed Papa.
After the Bacolod Leg, the PSL shifts its sights on the 6th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swim Championship slated on November 15 to 16 at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.
The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.