The 17-tanker Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team will be leaving today for Perth, Australia to compete in the prestigious 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge scheduled on March 26 to 30 at the Challenge Stadium.
Reigning Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Kyla Soguilon of Aklan Sun Yat Sen School along with Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque will spearhead the country’s campaign as they aim to defend their Most Outstanding Swimmer awards in their respective age-bands.
Joining them are Joy Rodgers of University of the Philippines, Jux Keaton Solita of UST, Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School, Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School and Ferdinand Ian Trinidad of Pedro Guevara National High School Laguna.
Also seeing action are John Gabriel Bucad, Kobe Soguilon, Roger Dante Giron, Lucio Cuyong 2nd, Lowestein Julian Lazaro, Namahig Asa Mahiwo, Albert Sermonia 2nd and Francis Sherwyn Tan.
PSL President Susan Papa expressed gratitude to the Filipino-Australasian Club Inc. (FACI) headed by Vicki Wotherspoon, Landy Matugas and Brad Matugas of Filipino-Australian Club of Perth Inc. (FACPI), Hertz Australia and Filipino Community Council of Western Australia (FCCWA) for supporting the team.
“We are so thankful to the Filipino community in Perth for helping us. It’s really difficult to arrange everything in Perth but they are supporting us in almost all aspects including arranging our accommodation and transportation. We are so blessed that we have these people helping our team,” said Papa.
Papa also mentioned FACI Vice-President Roy Lao Nicomedes, FCCWA President Dante Maribbay, FACI Secretary Maila Lund, Fr. Con Bagaoisan OSJ (Catholic Parish Priest St. Dawesville WA), Cheryl Anyayahan and Mary Aileen Eguia of Salad Master, Shirley Wong, Carol Allen, Rey Padernilla, Art Soriano and John Hughes.
Dula (boys’ 9-10) and Mojdeh (girls’ 9-10), both multi-gold medalist in the Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship, and Kyla (girls’ 11-12) will be the first in line as they plunge into action in the 50m freestyle.
Rodgers will also vie for gold medal in the girls’ 15-over 200m backstroke while Bucad competes in the boys’ 11-12 50m butterfly, Cusing in boys’ 15-16 100m breaststroke, Cuyong in boys’ 11-12 50m freestyle, Lazaro in boys’ 13-14 200m backstroke, Trinidad in boys’ 13-14 200m Individual Medley, Zamora in boys’ 15-16 100m butterfly, Solita in boys’ 17-over 400m freestyle, Tan in boys 15-16 50m butterfly, Kobe in boys’ 15-16 200m backstroke, Sermonia in boys’ 11-12 200m freestyle, Mahiwo in boys’ 17-over 100m breaststroke, and Magbag in boys’ 15-16 50m breaststroke.
PSL aims to duplicate its impressive showing in the 2015 edition where it bagged 41 gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals.
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).