SINGAPORE: Six tankers led by Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy and Aubrey Tom of Marikina Aquabears will be gunning for the country’s first gold medal when the 2016 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship unfolds today at the Singapore Island Country Club.
The nine-year-old Dula will be the first to compete as he plunges into action in the boys’ 8-9 200m freestyle along with Matthew Carbonell and Joey Del Rosario while Tom joins Shane Majimbun and Triza Haileyana Tabamo in the girls’ 8-9 200m freestyle.
Next in line are Albert Sermonia 2nd, Lee Grant Cabral, Gerard Daniel Berino and Edmundo Tolentino Jr., who vie for medals in the boys’ 10-11 200m freestyle followed by Claire Torrico in the girls’ 10-11 200m freestyle.
Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas opens his campaign in the boys’ 16-17 200m freestyle while Palarong Pambansa multi-gold medalist Gian Daniel Berino of University of the Philippines goes up against the region’s best in the boys’ 18-over 200m freestyle.
Philippine junior record holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East, Gregg Marasigan and Orlando Luis Reyes are aiming to sweep the top three in the boys’ 14-15 200m freestyle.
“It’s a combination of veterans and newcomers. We’re hoping that this competition serves as a good venue for our young swimmers to learn from their veteran teammates as well as their foreign counterparts,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also seeking for medals are Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 12-13 30m backstroke), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 10-11 100m butterfly), Estelle Margaret Mendez (girls’ 7-under 50m backstroke), Isis Arnaldo (girls’ 12-13 50m backstroke), Paul Christian King Cusing and Namahig Asa Mahiwo (boys’ 16-17 backstroke), Trump Christian Luistro (boys’ 8-9 100m butterfly) and Gianna Data (girls’ 16-17 200m freestyle).
The other tankers hoping to win in the opening day are Gene Heart Quiambao and Sabrina Denise Solosa in girls’ 12-13 200m freestyle, Sofia Beatriz Lopez in girls’ 10-11 200m freestyle, Adrienne Laurence Macapagal in boys’ 12-13 200m freestyle, Nicolai Chiong in boys’ 16-17 200m freestyle, Lowestein Julian Lazaro in boys’ 14-15 50m backstroke and Alfonso Torrico in boys’ 12-13 100m butterfly.
“We’re looking forward to a good start as we aim to retain the overall championship crown in this competition. It’s going to be tough with the presence of some good swimmers from host country. Bt our athletes are no pushovers. They are ready and excited to compete,” added Papa.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines – the internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.