Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts Joy Rodgers of University of the Philippines and Sean Elijah Enero of Haven Montessori bagged the President’s Trophies after earning highest FINA points in the 78th PSL National Series dubbed as the Gov. Ramil Hernandez Swimming Meet held at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz.
The 19-year-old Rodgers registered 574 points to win the President’s Trophy in the girls’ division while the 16-year-old Enero had 595 points in claiming the boys’ President’s Trophy. The two swimmers each got P1,500 cash prize.
It was the second President’s Trophy of Rodgers, who also won the same award in the PSL-Diliman Preparatory School National Series in May.
Rodgers will be seeing action in the 2015 World University Games on July 3 to 14 in Gwangju, South Korea.
“I am happy that a lot of swimmers are aiming for the President’s Trophy highest FINA points award. Swimmers are preparing hard every month and you see their clock times tremendously. We hail the improvement also of Enero coached by Edwin Valdez and Sean Zamora coached by Ryan Robles,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The MCU-R3 Aquaspeed Sailfish grabbed the overall championship title with 465 points while the Cavite Sailfish Swim Club placed second with 407 points and the Marikina Aqua Bears wound up third with 299 points.
Rounding up the Top 10 were UP Integrated School (273), Diliman Preparatory School (251), Joey Andaya Seagulls Swim Team (239), Wesleyan College of Manila (155), Fleet Marine Swim Club (141), Whimbrel Swimming Club (138) and Raging Paddlers of Mindoro (132).
The PSL now shifts its focus on its participation in the 2015 World University Games next month, the 2015 Singapore Swimming Championship in August in Singapore, and the Singapore Invitational Midget Championship in September.
“We are sending them abroad to gain the much needed experience. We’re so behind in international level. We need these kinds of international exposures especially for these young swimmers because these are the future of the Philippine swimming,” stressed Papa.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap)—an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).