• PSL swimmers shine in 2015 international meets

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    Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa pose with some PSL tankers who won medals in different international competitions. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa pose with some PSL tankers who won medals in different international competitions. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    For the past 12 months, the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has been successful in international competitions making 2015 another banner year for the association.

    PSL started the year with a 16-gold medal haul in the Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand where Aubrey Tom and Kyla Soguilon pocketed eight golds each.

    It continued its dominating performance in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge held in Perth, Australia, winning 41 golds, 13 silvers and eight bronzes with Sean Terence Zamora leading the country’s campaign with eight golds including three new meet records.

    Also sharing the spotlight were Stephen Guzman (seven golds), Soguilon (six golds), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (four golds), Drew Benett Magbag (four golds) and Martin Pupos (three golds).

    In May, PSL bagged nine gold medals in the Convoy Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship in Hong Kong as Zamora once again spearheaded the team with six gold medals.

    Jualina Charize Esmero pocketed two golds and Guzman added one.

    In August, the Philippines has defended its crown for the third-straight year in the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship by claiming 36 golds, 54 silvers and 31 bronzes plus four

    Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees – Mojdeh, Soguilon, Marc Bryan Dula and Lee Grant Cabral.

    Zamora also made his presence felt by smashing four records of Asian Games gold medalist and Southeast Asian Games Most Bemedalled Male Swimmer Joseph Schooling of Singapore in the 100m butterfly (1:01.27), 100m backstroke (1:02.95), 200m Individual Medley (2:16.75) and 50m backstroke (29.48).

    A few weeks later, PSL copped three golds, four silvers and three bronzes in the 21st SSC Open Invitational Midget Meet.

    PSL wrapped up the season with 19 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes in the 2015 Japan Swimming Championship held in Tokyo with Esmero, Mojdeh, Zamora, Soguilon and Rio Lorenzo Malapitan earning the MOS awards in their respective age-groups.

    “No one has accomplished what we have done despite that there is no financial assistance from the government. We have travel as far as Cape Town in South Africa, Kazan in Russia, Perth in Australia and Tokyo in Japan. We have sent some swimmers for free, subsidy given by PSL,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    Fifty tankers were able to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity competing in the prestigious 2015 Summer World University Games held in Gwangju, South Korea, where more than 150 countries participated including US, South Africa, Australia, China, Great Britain, Brazil, Russia and Canada.

    “We are hoping that the coming year will be another great one for us. We have a lot of competitions both local in international next year. We’re blessed and we want to share this blessings to everyone especially in the swimming community,” ended Papa.

    Besides seven international competitions, PSL also staged 17 local tournaments in different parts of the country as it aim to discover fresh talents through its grassroots development program.

    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).

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