The strong 76-member Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be leaving today to compete in the 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship scheduled on August 2 to 3 at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC).
Former senator Nikki Coseteng serves as the head of delegation while PSL President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Secretariat Head Guia Llaguno and Technical Director Alfredo Mascardo Jr. are also in the team.
PSL top swimmers Patrick Tierie, Christen Mercado, McTracy Alindogan, Sean Terence Zamora, and the Cordero sisters Denjylie, Delia Angela and Dennice spearhead the country’s campaign in the two-day meet.
“We want to give proper exposure to these young swimmers to gauge their skills and improve on their crafts. Some swimmers will be gunning to break the national junior records,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also seeing action are Fran–chesca Joves, Jesreel Francisco, John Bandejas, Ashlee Dequito, Franchino Aplaon, Mark Dela Vega, Roy Sta. Rita, Carla Arenal, Jan Arenal, Kent Sta. Ana, Mae Medrano, Martin Pupos, Ken Lobos, Bela Magtibay, Enya Mercurio, Danae Sarmiento, Geshan Toca, Andre Abacahin, Recz Agustin, Marc Dula, Jana Laurian, EJ Lorbes, Aki Lorbes, Jaz Villanueva, Ingrid Pupos, Angela Villamil and Sophia Villamil.
The other members of the team are Trisha Lei Bongco, Kobe Soguilon, Kyla Soguilon, Regil Billones, Georr Briones, Lucio Cuyong 2nd, Michael Lozada, Natazsa Lozada, Sidley Malumay, Paul Ramirez, Eduard Solina, Emanuel Solina, Lans Donato, Sophia Era, Danzelle Guarin, Sydney Guarin, Mekael Magat, Sean Ocampo, Shella Ocampo, Bianca Pineda, Lorenzo Vicentina, Jasmine Mojdeh, John Bucad, Paul Aragon, Celine Delotavo, Jade Ladrillo, Maxynn Ladrillo, Mae Opina, Justin Palomo, Gayle Quirao, Jude Azarcon, Marie Borres, Deniel Dela Cruz, Khraven Villareal, Khyle Villareal, Jesse Anulao, Michael Anulao, Daryl Concepcion, Gianna Data, Jeffrey Hirao, Marcus Palces and Felice Reyes.
The SICC is the same venue where Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the US team acclimatized for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Last year, the PSL copped the overall title after winning 50 golds, 42 silvers and 30 bronzes.
“We want to sustain our impressive showing in international scene. This is the biggest delegation that we’re sending and we’re looking forward to a fruitful campaign,” added Papa.
The PSL won 18 golds in the Western Cape Swimming Gala in Cape Town, South Africa in February, 21 golds in the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships All-Star Challenge in March and eight golds in the Hong Kong Stingrays Swim Meet in April.