Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout Drew Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School reigned supreme in the boys’ 50-meter breaststroke of the 2015 G-League Swimming Competition held in Marikina City.
The 15-year-old Magbag, who competed in the 16 years old category, registered 32.46 seconds become the top finisher among 16-year-old participants.
“We are delighted to see that PSL swimmers and Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) swimmers compete again in one venue. The FINA unauthorized rule that has been abused by the PSI is now more liberated,” former Senator Nikki Coseteng said.
Magbag outclassed Yuri Ilustre (33.65), Palarong Pambansa gold medalist Sacho Ilustre (34.98) and Jose Mari Arcilla (35.39).
“It’s a victory, it only goes to show how PSI chief in the past deceived the swimming community all this time. If we did not fight for it, they will still continue this franchising our swimmers, WOW! Finally they saw the light, for so many years and so many victims,” Coseteng added.
PSL President Susan Papa also expressed elation on the development saying, “The reality of having swimming democratized has finally been close to achieving.”
Magbag will be part of the 10-man PSL team seeing action in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia. The other team members are Sean Terence Zamora, Paul Christian King Cusing, Kyla Soguilon, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Martin Jacob Pupos, Stephen Guzman, Aalia Jaire Espejo, Julian Ingrid Pupos and Rio Lorenzo Malapitan.
Papa said she would continue the grassroots development program of the PSL to discover more talented swimmers especially those in the rural areas.
“Because we did not fall for unrighteous ways, PSI (Philippine Swimming Incorporated) has to change. After following their mean and bullying tactics that the swimming in the country is now in a cellar dweller position for years,” said Papa.
“It’s great they realize that their arrogance and cruelty must stop,” Coseteng ended.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University and recognized by the Commission on Higher Education.