The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) named 53 swimmers from Western Visayas Region, that qualified for upcoming tournaments in Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as the 2015 Summer World Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
Heading the list are Rose Mary Occeno and Jason Villaruz, who reached the PSL qualifying marks for the Universiade and Singapore meet, and Kyla Soguilon and Michael Lozada—both qualifiers for the Singapore and Hong Kong events.
The qualified swimmers were selected based on their showings in the 53rd PSL Leg Series dubbed as Langoy Capiz held over the weekend in Roxas City.
“I am trying to help each and every one of you to cross the bridge easier. The swimming in the Philippines is so much behind and we are trying to catch up to the lost time. The many years, those years were put into waste,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“We are bringing swimming into a winning stage. We are surrounded by water and there is no reason why it will not work if we will together. Swimming is a triangle. It involves the both swimmers and parents. Each must together to come out with a good swimmer.”
The other qualifiers for Singapore tournament are Fiona Beltran, Juliene Fernandez, Sidley Malumay, Cyra Montano, Jennuel de Leon, Paul Ramirez, Kobe Soguilon, Eduard Solina, Karlo Solina, Tiffany Yunsal, Metchel Luces, Lester Yatar, Paula Bernada, Mae Delfin, Celine Delotavo, Gayle Guirao, Jade Landrillo, Ysabyl Landrillo, Patricia Molino, Mae Opina, Elijah Albar, Paul Aragon, Kim Jaro, Joe Borres, Vince Aragon, Wilse Azarcon, Alic dela Cruz, Neo Ausan, Jan Arenal, Trisha Bongco, Natalia Daban, Jovie de Juan, Donabelle Donasco, Angeline Eguia, Casy Gumabong, Lessy Mena, Rencel Uytoco, Franchino Aplaon, Karl Arenal, JC Bandejas, Zerwin Buntiong, Guilliver Clemente, Ashlee Dequito, Ace Mena, Phyne Molina, Roy Sta. Rita, Louie Vanderuse, Pete Villaflor and John Villaruz.
Papa further said: “We’re talking about a new hope and new beginning for Region 6. Skill is only part of success in life. The character that we have to build and the strategy that we have to apply must be present. And you will get it then experience and exposure but competitions abroad.”
“We want you to have this than the league you are competing in the last few years and Palarong Pambansa. Let me introduce to you by competing internationally and travel abroad. Traveling is education, and you learned cultures of each and every community. Make use of it in your learning process and hopefully you become leaders of our country,” the PSL chief ended.