PSL-TMTC swim meet fires off January 26

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Gold medalist Inaki Emil Lorbes during the boys’ 13-under butterfly event of the 2013 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet held in Thailand. Lorbes is one of the top contenders in the Philippine Swimming League 52nd leg series dubbed as The Manila Times College Swimming Championship on January 26 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Gold medalist Inaki Emil Lorbes during the boys’ 13-under butterfly event of the 2013 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet held in Thailand. Lorbes is one of the top contenders in the Philippine Swimming League 52nd leg series dubbed as The Manila Times College Swimming Championship on January 26 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

More than 400 swimmers will be vying for top honors in the 52nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) leg series dubbed as The Manila Times College (TMTC) Swimming Championships scheduled on January 26 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.

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University of the Philippines and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas have already confirmed their participation in the one-day event which will serve as one of the basis to select swimmers for the 2015 Universiade and a tournament in Perth, Australia.

Top swimmer Denjylie Cor–dero, holder of the 50-meter breaststroke national record, is all set to showcase her prowess in her pet event. “I am ready. I’m in top shape and eager to make it to the World Universiade Games,” Cordero said.

National junior record holder Paula Cayanan is also looking to improve her clockings as well as UP standouts Delia Angela Cordero, Ma. Claire Adorna and Joy Rodgers.

“We’ve been training so hard for the past months to ensure that my swimmers are ready for the 2015 Universiade try out,” said UP head coach Noel Rivera.

La Salle- Dasmariñas Athletic Director Gerry Sergio and head coach Lifetime Achievement Awar–dee Ruben Lu–na said they are sending a strong 20-member team to the TMTC Swim Meet.

Not to be outdone are the age-groupers led by Inaki Emil Lorbes, Emanuel Joshua Lorbes, Seth Martin, Sean Terrence Zamora, Jasmine Mojdeh, Yuri Ilustre, Maurice Sacho Ilustre, McTracy Alin–dogan and Francisco Israel, among others.

The age-groupers will vie for slots in international competitions in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Thailand.

“The swimming competition hosted by The Manila Times is one of the exciting competitions in the year 2014, and we would like to thank The Manila Times College for their support to PSL,” said PSL President and Founder Susan Papa.

The competition will be participated by teams from Aklan, Capiz, Batan–gas, Bulacan, Baguio, Antipolo, Davao, Tar–lac, Zambales, Pasay, Quezon City, Parañaque, Navotas, Marikina, Manila, Lucena, Mun–tinlupa, Laguna, Caloocan, Bicol, Iloilo and Pampanga.

The event is open to all aspiring swimmers. No membership is required.

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