TOKYO: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be gunning for eight gold medals in the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship beginning on Sunday at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool here in Japan.
PSL President Susan Papa named Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque (girls’ 9), Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy (boys’ 8) and Joey Del Rosario of De La Salle-Zobel (boys’ 8) as the brightest hopes to deliver gold medals in their respective age bands.
“We are aiming for eight gold medals this time. A lot of good swimmers are here especially those from host country and some swimmers coming from European countries. It’s gonna be a tough one but our swimmers will be going all out to win medals,” said Papa.
Also expected to dominate their events in the boys’ 15-over category are University of Santo Tomas (UST) standouts Sean Terence Zamora and Jux Keaton Solita, Martin Jacob Pupos of National University, and University of the Philippines tankers Drew Benett Magbag and Lans Rawlin Donato.
Philippine Yuh Chiau School’s Lo wenstein Julian Lazaro takes part in the boys’ 13 years while Diliman Preparatory School’s John Leo Paul Salibio vies for honors in the boys’ 12 years class.
There are 14 teams seeing action in this year’s edition led by host St. Mary’s International School Buccaneers and powerhouse American School in Japan Orcas Swim Team, The British School and The German School Eagles.
“Some of the foreign participants here competed in the FINA World Cup last year kaya talagang matinding labanan ito. Hindi basta basta ang mga makakalaban natin. But we’re optimistic of our chances,” Papa added.
The other competing squads are Tokyo American Club, Yokosuka Junior Seahawks, Sun Matsuda Swim Club, Open Door Christian School, Seaknights, Aim Top Swim Team, Jumonji Swim Team, Swimfriends and Yokota Stingrays.
“We are happy with the support of some Filipinos here in Japan. Some of them are bringing fruits and foods for our swimmers and we are thankful for their support. Our swimmers will be extra motivated,” Papa ended.
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).