He search for talented swimmers continues in Kalibo, Aklan as the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) stages its 84th National Series dubbed as the Gov. Florencio Miraflores Swimming Championship beginning today at the Aklan Provincial Sports Complex in Makato, Aklan.
More than 300 tankers have signed up with high hopes of earning spots in the some major international tournaments the PSL is joining including the 29th Summer World University Games to be held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Besides the Universiade, the other international tournaments lined up are the Phuket Invitational Swimming Meet in Thailand, Japan Swimming Championships and the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia.
“We are thankful to the provincial government of Aklan especially Gov. Florencio Miraflores for allowing us again to stage a competition in Kalibo. We believe that this region has a lot of talented swimmers that’s why we keep on coming back,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in the Class A and B (Elite), Class C and Motivational categories.
Soguilon siblings—Kyla and Kobe—of the powerhouse Aklan Swimming Team will be leading the participants along with top swimmers from Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, Bicol, Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Quezon and Batangas.
“This competition is open to all swimmers. We want to open the door to young swimmers who want to represent our country in international competitions such as the World University Games. Being in the Universiade is a once in a lifetime experience and we want to share it to them,” Papa stressed.
PSL sent 49 tankers in the 2015 edition of the World University Games held in July in Gwangju, South Korea. “This time, we want to send as many as possible and we encourage them to give their best shots during qualifying,” said Papa.
The PSL is also fresh from successful campaign in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship, winning the overall championship title for the third straight year after bagging 117 medals (36 golds, 50 silvers and 31 bronzes) and the Singapore Midget Meet, bagging three golds, four silvers and three bronzes.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).