The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will open its doors to aspiring young swimmers when it holds its 91st National Series-RPM Swim Meet on Saturday at the JJ Leido Jr. Sports Complex in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
PSL will use the competition to select swimmers for international tournaments such as the Hong Kong Stingrays International Swimming Championship in May and the Singapore Invita¬tional Swimming Meet in August.
It will also serve as Mimaropa Region qualifying tournament for the 29th Summer World University Games scheduled next year in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
“We inspire our new swimmers and train them as early as now. We use swimming for healthy citizenry, discipline these young kids and perhaps become future champions,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Veteran international campaigner Rio Lorenzo Malapitan is one of the PSL products from Oriental Min¬doro. He won several gold medals in international competitions including the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia and the 2015 Tokyo Invitational Swimming Championship in Japan.
“In time we will be able to catch up of being behind in world of swimming and we are patient in moving forward inch by inch, day by day in PSL grassroots development program,” added Papa.
More than 200 tankers are expected to participate in the competition includ¬ing those from Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Davao, Bicol, Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo, Aklan and Bacolod.
Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees.
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).
EMIL C. NOGUERA