TOKYO: Philippine Swimming League standouts Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines (UP) Integrated School and Kyla Soguilon of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School will start the country’s campaign in the prestigious 2015 Japan Swimming Championship beginning today at the Tokyo International Swimming Pool here.
Esmero, a medalist in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), plunges into action in the girls’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke at 9 a.m. She’ll be competing against Sofyani Tatipamula, Lauren Logan, Alissa Sanchez, Grace Donald Kona Shioura, Maik Takahashi-Kushner, Minami Street and Friederike Steck.
On the other hand, the reigning Milo Female Junior Athlete of the Year Soguilon eyes a podium finish in the girls’ 9-10 50m backstroke against Riko Schulz, Sarina Watanabe, Gemma Sodelhomn, Courtney Kossick, Sarah Ismail, Ariana Kitko abd Teanna Reimers.
“What’s very important in this competition is the exposure of these young PSL swimmers. We told every swimmers not to be pressured but enjoy the competition. Meet new friends and learn things from them,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also gunning for medals on the opening day are Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (boys’ 15-18 200m backstroke), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque (girls’ 9-10 100m butterfly), Lans Rawling Donato of UP (boys’ 15-18 100m butterfly), Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School (boys’ 15-18 200m Individual Medley), and UAAP gold medalist Drew Benett Magbag of UP (boys’ 15-18 200m breaststroke).
“The cold weather is something that is new for them but nevertheless they are prepared to make a good impact here. We just made a few adjustments but they are all motivated to win medals. They know that they’re fighting not for themselves or r schools or swim clubs but for our country,” added Papa.
The other members of the team competing are Paula Carmela Cu¬sing of Diliman Preparatory School (girls’ 11-12 100m butterfly), Joanna Amor Cervas of Aklan Swim-ming Team (girls’ 9-10 100m butterfly), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan of Min¬doro (boys’ 11-12 100m breaststroke), Lucio Cuyong II of Aklan Swim¬ming Team (boys’ 11-12 100m breaststroke), Kobe Soguilon of Aklan Swimming Team (boys’ 15-18 50m freestyle), Angela Claire Torrico of Quezon City (girls’ 9-10 100m IM) and Edmundo Tolentino Jr. of Aklan Swimming Team (boys’ 9-10 50m freestyle).
“It takes a lot of effort to make this trip a reality. But our president has this passion of helping these kids and we are happy that we’re able to help our swimmers through our grassroots development program,” said PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
Trophies will be awarded to the most outstanding swimmer by age group while separate trophies will be given to the top male and female swimmers who will get the highest FINA (International Swimming Federation) points.
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).