PSL picks 29 swimmers for HK, Singapore tourneys

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Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa M.D. with Mariners President Commodore Dante Jimenez, Nimfa Jimenez, Elisa Jimenez, 1970 Universiade veteran Sonia Baltazar and the 29 qualified swimmers for tournaments in Hong Kong and Singapore. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa M.D. with Mariners President Commodore Dante Jimenez, Nimfa Jimenez, Elisa Jimenez, 1970 Universiade veteran Sonia Baltazar and the 29 qualified swimmers for tournaments in Hong Kong and Singapore. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) named 29 qualified swimmers for Hong Kong Swim Meet and Singapore International Swimming Championship.

PSL President Susan Papa said the swimmers were selected based on their impressive showing in the PSL 55th Series dubbed as Commodore Jaime Jimenez Sr. Swim Championship held in Legazpi City.

They are Inaki Emil Lorbes, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Philip Mendoza, Michael Lozada, Trisha Oliveros, Matthew Tan, John Paul de Leoz, Empoy Talavera, Chyna Lozada, Crystal Imperial, Kurt Chavez, Raymund Sevilla, Frances Isabelle Mendoza, Mark Lawrence Sevilla, Ythnmthw Orellana, Kirsten Agao, Jasmine Del Moro, Julius Vasquez, Zyrilyn Anonuevo, Bernice Magtibay, Jordan Lobos, Yoshimichi Maruo, Carl Tence, Bela Louise Magtibay, Hanna Sartorio, Angelica Mae Medrano, Leichelle Buenaventura, Alexandra Maronilla-Seva, Romeo Teodoro, Jifrey Azor, Emmanuel Adornado, Aldrick Formaran, Arlyn Arcadio and Bryan Yot Tan.

“The coaches, swimmers and parents were applauding each time their names are called. I’m happy to see the smiles in their faces. It motivates us even more to continue this journey, giving proper venue to show their skills and give them a chance to represent our country in international level,” said Papa.


PSL shifts its sights on the 56th edition of its grassroots development program, which will be held in Kalibo, Aklan in April.

“We are aiming to discover more talents especially in provinces because we have a lot of talented swimmers in rural areas. They just need proper training to further hone their skills,” added Papa.

PSL is the only national sports association with the longest grassroots developmental program.

Besides the tournaments in Hong Kong and Singapore, the PSL is searching for strong swimmers for the 2015 Summer Universiade to be held in Gwangju, South Korea.

“That’s one of our main goals. We want to identify swimmers for the Universiade as early as possible for them to have a year-long program in preparation for that once in a lifetime experience,” Papa said.

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