The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has named four swimmers from the Southern Tagalog Region who qualified to the 2015 Summer World University Games to be held in Gwangju, South Korea.
They are Arlyn Arcadio, Jackelyn Calvadores and Aldrick Jethro Formaran of St. Anne College Lucena, Inc., and John Henry Calma of Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation.
The swimmers were selected based on their showing in the just-concluded 68th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as 1st Mayor Roderick Alcala Swimming Challenge held at the Ouan’s The Farm Resort in Lucena City.
“We will continue searching for talented swimmers in different parts of the country who will be given a chance to represent our country in some major international competitions. We will give them proper exposure to upgrade their standards,” said PSL President Susan
So far, there are 83 qualified swimmers for the University Games counting the 15 tankers from the Western Visayas Region and 64 from the National Capital Region.
The PSL resumes its talent search next month in Bacolod City before holding a national championship at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City where the best swimmers in the country will converge for the national title in each age-group.
After the two local tournaments, the PSL takes part in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Championships scheduled on November 27 to December 2 in Thailand.
“The grassroots development program of the PSL has been very successful this year as we discover a lot of good swimmers especially in motivational level. These swimmers in the motivational category will be upgraded to the next level starting next year,” said Papa.
“We’ve been so patient monitoring their progress and we’re happy that they are improving from time to time. We won’t be getting tired as we believe that our country needs a solid grassroots development program. We are the only organization that’s doing this,” she added.
The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.