Ten members of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team will be leaving today to compete in the 2014 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships scheduled on May 9 to 11 at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool.
Palarong Pambansa standouts Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Christen Mercado of University of the Philippines will be leading the squad along with Kyla Soguilon and Kobe Soguilon of Aklan Swimming Club, Mark Lawrence Sevilla and Raymund Joshua Sevilla of Manila Central University Sailfish, Grayel Guerrero, Gabriel Guerrero and Gaddiel Vicente San Pedro of Denjylie Cordero Swim Team, and Gabriel Bucad of Bobstoroker Swim Team.
“These swimmers are no pushovers. They trained hard for the past weeks just to make sure that they’re ready for the competition. Everyone’s excited to compete,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Teams from host Hong Kong , Singapore , Indonesia , Thailand, Malaysia , Brunei Darussalam and Australia are expected to participate in the three-day meet.
“It’s a good opportunity for our young swimmers to experience competing internationally. It will help them in building their character and confidence,” added Papa, who will be accompanied by PSL Secretary General Dr. Maria Susan Benasa and coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula.
The PSL is fresh from a successful stint in the 2014 Australia Swimming Championships-All Stars Challenge held in Perth , winning 21 gold medals.
The team also bagged 18 golds in the 2014 Western Cape Swimming Gala held in Cape Town, South Africa in February and 28 golds in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Swimming Meet in Thailand in December.
PSL having the longest grassroots program in sport is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.
“After the Hong Kong tournament, we’ll be having another PSL Leg Series to determine swimmers who will qualify for the Singapore Swimming Meet in August and 2015 Summer World University Games in South Korea,” Papa stressed.