SINGAPORE: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) is all set to defend its overall championship crown in the 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship scheduled on August 2 to 3 at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC).
PSL President Susan Papa said that all swimmers are pumped up and ready to compete against the region’s best young tankers including those from powerhouse Singapore.
“They’re all excited and motivated. Some of them are first-timers in international competition and we’re happy that we’re giving them this kind of exposure, an experience that they’ll surely cherish for the rest of their lives,” said Papa.
More than 400 swimmers from different parts of the region will be vying for honors in the two-day meet to be held at the SICC, the same venue where Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the US team acclimatized for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
All 76 Filipino young swimmers will be testing the waters on Friday morning before plunging into action on Saturday.
Former senator Nikki Coseteng, who serves as the delegation head, expressed optimism saying “we’re here to win medals, we are the defending champions and we want to show how good our swimmers are.”
Also in the team are Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Secretariat Head Guia Llaguno, Technical Director Alfredo Mascardo Jr., coaches Alex Papa, Marlon Dula, Dennis Cordero, Joey Andaya, Ryan Robles, Ariel Compas, Virgilio de Luna and other mentors from different swimming clubs affiliated with the PSL.
Promising tankers Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Kyla Soguilon, Trisha Lei Bongco, Sophia Villamil and Jaz Villanueva will lead the country’s campaign in the girls’ 11-under categories while Marc Bryan Dula, Eduard Solina and Michael Lozada are expected to dominate the boys’ 7 years category.
The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to International University Sports Federation.