MORE than 300 tankers will be vying for honors in the 78th edition of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Gov. Ramil Her¬nandez Swimming Meet beginning today in Laguna.
The competition, through Laguna Provincial Sports and Games Development Office headed by Celso Rivera, will be using the Olympic-sized swimming pool in Sta. Cruz—the same venue of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.
“We are grateful with the support given by the provincial government of Laguna. We would like to thank Gov. Hernandez and Mr. Rivera for allowing us to stage this competition. We are promoting swimming in this region to discover more talents,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The event will serve as qualifiers international competitions in Singa¬pore, Thailand, Australia, China, South Korea and Taiwan.
“Our main goal is to open the door to all swimmers. We want them to experience competing in international level. This Laguna Leg of the PSL National Series aims to select swimmers for future international competitions,” added Papa.
Medals are up for grabs in each division while trophies will be given to the Most Outstanding Swimmers in every age bands. The top three teams will also get trophies.
Two swimmers (one girl and one boy) with the highest FINA points get P1,500 cash reward and the prestigious President’s Trophy.
The Capitol Swimming Team led by consistent Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee Ian Fernandez Trinidad, will be up against strong teams from Cavite, Paranaque, Marikina, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Bicol, Aklan, among others.
“This event is open to all. No membership requirement. The main objective of the PSL is parallel to FISU – Excellence in Body and Mind. After this Laguna Leg, we will continue our grassroots development program in other parts of the country,” added Papa.
“We want to bring our program to the next level as almost every swimmer keeps on improving from time to time. We won’t be getting tired in this endeavor because we have a lot of good swimmers in the country. They just need a concrete program and proper exposures,” she ended.
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).