PSL’s 89th National Series fires off Jan 23

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The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will continue searching for qualified swimmers for the 2017 Summer World University Games as it stages its 89th National Series on January 23 at the Makati Aquatics Sports Arena.

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Besides the Universiade, the tournament will also serve as tryout for international competitions in Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Germany.

“The competition will serve as tryout for the Universiade and other international competitions that we’ll be joining this year. We got a lot of invitations from all over the world including United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea and some European countries like Germany and the Czech Republic,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

Swimmers in the eight-under category will be limited to participate in four individual events while swimmers in the nine to 10 age band are allowed to have five events. The 11-over participants can submit entries in six events.

“We want to give chance to other swimmers and to carry on PSL’s objective to motivate and inspire new swimmers that’s why we limited events of some age bands. It’s one way of showing how,” added Papa.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees. Two swimmers (one male and one female) with the highest International

Swimming Federation (FINA) points will receive the Presidential Trophies and P1,500 cash incentive each.

“This competition is open to all swimmers. We want to open the door to young swimmers who want to represent our country in international competitions such as the World University Games. Being in the Universiade is a once in a lifetime experience and we want to share it to them,” Papa stressed.

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).

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