TOKYO: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa has predicted a five-gold medal haul when the Filipino tankers plunge into action on Saturday in the prestigious 2015 Japan Swimming Championship here.
More than 200 swimmers will be participating in the tournament including those from China, US, Great Britain and host Japan.
“This is a very good exposure and experience for PSL swimmers since they will be competing against elite swimmers from Japan, China, United States and Great Britain. The swimmers are very excited,” said PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
Leading the country charge are Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge gold medalists Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque, Kyla Soguilon of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School, Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School.
The nine-year-old Mojdeh takes part the girls’ 9 years 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly while Soguilon competes in the girls’ 10 years 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m Individual Medley, Zamora fights in the boys’ 15 years 200m backstroke, 200m IM, 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke, and Magbag shoots for medals in the boys’ 16 years 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m IM.
“Achievements that kept on piling up for our swimmers because of the unbelievable exposure that PSL has been giving them. So no matter where the road leads us. Even if Jasmine tells me that she does not like swimming anymore. It is a life well lived. No moments are ever wasted,” said PSL National Capital Region Regional Director Joan Mojdeh referring to Micaela Jasmine’s 12 international competitions in seven countries (three continents) for just three years in swimming.
“But with this kind of exposure, I don’t think my kid or any swimmer would ever wanna retire any soon. It is just too much happiness for any swimmer to experience and for that we are truly grateful to the Philippine Swimming League,” she added.
Also gunning for medals are Paul Christian King Cusing (boys’ 15 years 50m fly, 100m back, 200m back and 200m IM), Charize Juliana Esmero (girls’12 years 50m back, 100m back, 100m IM and 200m free), Lans Rawlin Donato (boys’ 17 years 100m fly, 50m fly, 50m free and 100m free), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (boys’ 12 years 50m fly, 50m free, 100m breast and 50m breast), Paula Carmela Cusing (girls’ 12 100m fly, 50m fly, 100m free and 50m free).
The other members of the team fighting for gold medals are Joanna Amor Cervas (girls’ 10 100m fly, 50m free, 50m fly and 100m IM), Lucio Cuyong 2nd (boys’ 12 50m fly, 50m free, 100m breast and 50m breast), Kobe Soguilon (boys’ 16 100m free, 50m free, 200m back and 100m back) and Angela Claire Torrico (girls’ 9 50m back, 100m IM, 100m back and 50m free).
“This is not just all about competing. The PSL swimmers are also learning the culture of this country especially how discipline the Japanese are when it comes to training and living their everyday lives. We’ll be fighting for medals but we are not pressuring them to deliver. We want them to enjoy this experience,” Papa said.
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).