The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delegation composed of 28 tankers will be leaving today to vie for honors in the 2016 Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship scheduled on May 20 to 22 in Hong Kong.
Veteran international campaigners Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas, Philippine junior record holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East, Male Promising Swimmer awardee Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy and Female Promising Swimmer winner Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque will spearhead the country’s campaign in the three-day meet.
Joining them in the team are Palarong Pambansa medalist Rio Lorenzo Malapitan of Divine Word College-Calapan, Carmenrose Ma tabuena of UE, Lee Grant Cabral of Diliman Preparatory School and Aalia Jaire Espejo of Marikina Aquabears.
The other members are Sophia Anne Barcelo, Maria Francesca Barretto, Maria Annejanette Carbonell, Jamielyn Chua, Jio Vince Chua, Joey Del Rosario, Alfredo Allen Dizon 3rd, Lyndon Bainer Herrera, Leonard Licudo, Randy Llantino, John Adam Mathew Ma bazza, Sophia Dominique Manalang, Carlos Pierre Noble, Marvin Paralisan, Eirik Judiel Rivera, John Leo Paul Salibio, Alliah Saliendra, Kyla Soguilon, Heather Linasan White and Ruben William White.
PSL wants to surpass its nine-gold medal haul in the 2015 edition with Zamora earning six golds, Charize Juliana Esmero winning two and Stephen Guzman adding one.
This year, the Filipino tankers will be up against powerhouse teams from China and some European countries including Germany, the Netherlands, England and France, and other neighboring Southeast Asian teams such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Sen. Nikki Coseteng will be the head of delegation while the other officials are Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, team manager Sonia Baltazar, and veteran coach Alex Papa.
“The kids are pumped up. They are raring to compete for our flag and our country. We had an 11-day training camp in Laguna before going to Hong Kong as part of their buildup and they’re all set to win medals,” said the PSL chief.