The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be gunning for 20 gold medals when the 76-member Philippine delegation defends its overall title in the 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship slated on August 2 to 3 at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC).
Patrick Tierie, Christen Mercado, national junior record breakers McTracy Alindogan and Sean Terence Zamora, and the Cordero sisters Denjylie, Delia Angela and Dennice will be spearheading the country’s campaign in the two-day meet.
Former senator Nikki Coseteng will be 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.
Tierie is a product of the Susan Papa Swimming Academy. He wants to improve his 26.07-second timing in 50-meter butterfly and 25.44-second showing in 50m freestyle he registered in the Sen. Nikki Coseteng Cup in June.
“They are aiming to break national junior records and SICC meet records. We are optimistic that they could do it after seeing their performances during training,” said Papa.
The other members of the team are Trisha Lei Bongco, Kobe Soguilon, Kyla Soguilon, Regil Billones, Georr Briones, Lucio Cuyong II, 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.
Also seeing action are Franchesca 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 SICC is the same venue where Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the US team acclimatized for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.