SINGAPORE: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa has predicted a 20-gold medal haul when the Filipino tankers plunge into action in the 2016 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship beginning on Saturday at the Singapore Island Country Club.
PSL will be defending its overall championship crown in the tournament participated in by more than 300 tankers from different parts of the region.
“Our athletes are raring to go to bring honor to our country. We just let them rest today but we’ll be having our training tomorrow (Friday) at the venue to get a chance to test the waters. It’s going to be a neck and neck battle against their foreign counterparts,” said Papa.
There are 64 swimmers who will be vying for gold medals.
Leading the start-studded cast are Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora, Philippine national junior record holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto and Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year Kyla Soguilon along with veteran international campaigners Marc Bryan Dula, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Aubrey Tom, Trump Christian Luistro and Charize Jualiana Esmero.
Four Minadanao tankers are also in the list. They are Aubrey Bermejo, Zhakira Eybriel Idulsa, Nicolai Chiong and Gene Heart Quiambao.
Joining them in the lineup are Antoine McKenzie Agbanlog, McKiro Agbanlog, Sean Hadriel Agustin, Ethan Kyle Apigo, Isis Arnaldo, Isabel Baclig, Euleah Daphne Balili, Sophia Anne Barcelo, Maria Francesca Barretto, Gian Daniel Berino, Gerard Daniel Berino, Bernadette Cabatian, Lee Grant Cabral, Macky Anjelo Carbonell, Annjeanette Carbonell, Matthew Carbonell, Janina Casado, Rommel Corpuz, Paul Christian King Cusing and Gianna Data.
Also seeing action are Joey Del Rosario, Trezcia Dorado, Rafael Escalona, Rolando Escalona, Raehanna Gargullo, Roger Dante Giron, Master Charles Janda, Lowestein Julian Lazaro, Sofia Beatriz, Adrienne Macapagal, Namahig Asa Mahiwo, Shane Majimbun, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Gregg Marasigan, Estelle Margaret Mendez, Jazmine Mirasol, Joaquin Mirasol, Marielle Montenegro, Tida Lana Narciso, Alexandra Pascua, Luis Ramirez, Statcy Regala, Alexandra Rejuso, Kenshin Rejuso, Louise Reyes, Orlando Luis, Albert Sermona 2nd, Sabrina Solosa, Triza Tabamo, Edmundo Tolentino Jr., Alfonso Gabriel Torrico, Angela Claire Torrico and Luis Joaquin Ventura.
“We are exposing these young swimmers as early as now because these are the future of Philippine swimming. We want to give them proper exposure and competing internationally is part of our program for our grassroots level,” added Papa.
Former Senator Nikki Coaseteng serves as the delegation head while PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa; coaches Alexandre Papa and Joey Andaya, and Regional Director for National Capital Region Joan Mojdeh are also in the team.
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.