Junior Athlete of the Year Kyla Soguilon and newcomer Aubrey Tom will begin their quest for gold medals when the two Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts plunge into action today in the 2015 Phuket International Swimming Championship in Thanyapura, Thailand.
The 10-year-old Soguilon will be seeing action first as she competes in the girls’ 10 years 200-meter freestyle against the region’s strong tankers including those from powerhouse Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and host Thailand.
Soguilon is in Heat 4 along with Catherine Thompson, Agnes Yu and Arabella Lees.
Tom, on the other hand, takes part in the girls’ 8 years 100m freestyle with May Flint, Tegan Sweeney, Krystof Hajek, Non Fongrisin, Franc Schumacher and Sofia Sannikova in Heat 2.
“We’re optimistic of our chances. The girls are upbeat, they’re excited and ready. This is a good exposure for them especially for Kyla, who will also compete in Perth, Australia,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Besides the 200m freestyle, Soguilon is also scheduled to compete in the 50m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley while Tom hopes to deliver medals in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Papa earlier predicted a 10-gold medal haul in the three-day meet.
“That’s our target because we believe in their talent and we’re here to guide them not only in this competition but in their journey towards becoming a world-class swimmer. We won’t be getting tired helping these kids achieve their dreams,” added Papa.
After the Phuket tournament, the PSL shifts its focus on the prestigious 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth Australia slated on April 1 to 8 with Soguilon ang Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora leading the squad.
Joining them in Perth are Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Drew Benett Magbag, Martin Jacob Pupos, Stephen Guzman, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Julian Pupos, Aalia Jaire Espejo and Paul Christian Cusing.
The PSL is the 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).