Four swimmers led by Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora will jumpstart the country’s campaign in the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships beginning today at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool.
Zamora, an incoming Grade 10 student at University of Santo Tomas, will be defending his crown in the boys’ 14 years 200-meter Individual Medley hed won last year with a time of two minutes and 17.61 seconds.
“Excited na ang mga bata na lumaban. Nakapag-training kami twice, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, then pahinga na ang mga bata para sa laban bukas (Friday). We’re optimistic of our chances here,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Joining Zamora on the opening day are Marie Joe Borres (girls’ 10 years 200m IM), Charize Julian Esmero (girls’ 12 years 200m IM) and Alic Deniel Dela Cruz (girls’ 15 years 200m IM, who will also vie for gold medals in their respective age bands.
The other members of the team are Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8 years), Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 10 years), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 years) and Roger Dante Giron (boys’ 15 years).
“Malalakas ang mga kalaban ngayong taon pero lalaban ang mga batang ito. Hindi ito basta-basta susuko. Ilan sa kanila, sanay nang mas matatangkad ang kalaban nila pero tinatalo nila,” added Papa.
In 2014, the PSL went home with eight golds, five silvers and three bronzes with Zamora giving six mints.
The PSL also wants to continue its dominating performance in international scene following its 62-medal haul in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge in Perth, Australia and 14-gold output in 2015 Phuket Swimming Championship in Thailand.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap) —an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).