The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be sending a strong 16-tanker delegation to the prestigious 2015 Japan Swimming Championship beginning on November 14 in Tokyo.
Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Kyla Soguilon of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School will be leading the country’s campaign in the tournament along with veteran international campaigner Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque.
Also seeing action are University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 gold medalist Drew Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School and fellow UAAP medalists Lans Rawlin Donato and Charize Esmero.
Joining the team are Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge veterans Paul Christian King, Paula Carmela Cusing and Rio Lorenzo Malapitan as well as Heather White and Ruben White of British School of Manila, and PSL standouts Kobe Soguilon, Edmundo Jose Tolentino, Juana Amor Cervas, Lucio Cuyong II and Angela Claire Torrico.
“After our PSL National Series, we are sending these kinds in international competitions to further hone their skills. They will be competing against some of the world’s best swimmers including those from China and host Japan,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Besides Papa, the other members of the team are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, National Capital Region Director Joan Mojdeh and coach Joey Andaya.
“It’s our first time to compete in Japan and the kids are all excited. Mas macha-challenge ang mga bata dahil hindi lang mga Southeast Asian ang mga kalaban nila dito. Talagang malalakas na swimmers,” added Papa.
Early this year, PSL won numerous gold medals in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand, Hong Kong Stingrays Invitational Swimming Championship, Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship and the Singapore Midget Meet.
“We want to continue our winning ways in international competitions. These kids are no pushovers. Lalaban lahat ng mga ito para makakuha ng medalya. We want to train them both physically and mentally,” added Papa.
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).