More than 300 swimmers will be vying for honors in the 63rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series beginning today at the Central Philippines University (CPU) swimming pool in Iloilo City.
At stake in the two-day meet are slots for the World University Games as well as for international tournaments in Thailand, China, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
“We’re here again in Visayas as we believe that there are a lot of talented swimmers in this region. So far, there are 15 swimmers who qualified in the PSL 61st Leg Series dubbed the John B. Lacson Memorial swim meet held last month,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“We are looking for more swimmers who will represent our country in the World University Games and in some international competitions. We are opening the door to these young swimmers,” she added.
Powerhouse JB Lacson Swimming Team headed by Ronald Sta. Ana will be bannered by Trisha Lei Bongco, Georr Briones and Rose Mary Occena while the Aklan Swim Team, Capiz Eagle Rays, Capiz Turbo Sharks and host CPU Golden Lions are out to challenge the reigning champions.
Siblings Kyla and Kobe Soguilon, and promising tanker Michael Gabriel Lozada are expected to dominate their respective events. They are fresh from a fruitful campaign in the 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship where the PSL bagged a total of 69 gold medals.
Medals are up for grabs in the age-groups 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 , 13-14, 15-17 and 18-over with the Most Outstanding Swimmers in each class getting a trophy. The top 3 teams will also be awarded trophies.
Deighme Rose Pamplona, a Grade 6 student at CPU, will spearhead the CPU Golden Lions of Roel Susbilla.
Technical committee head Ed Mascardo will also update coaches, parents and swimmers with new technologies.
The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to International University Sports Federation.