THE Manila Times College (TMTC), under its president Dr. Isagani Cruz, is hosting the 52nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) series beginning January 2014 at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Complex in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Philippine Swimming League founding president Susan Papa said that this is the first time that TMTC is hosting this local qualifying series where winners in the age grouper will be competing in the 2015 World Universiade in Korea for the 16 to 28, universities and colleges category. The age groupers category will be for individuals 6 years and under until 15 with the global competition to be held in Perth Australia.
The biennial Universiade was held in 2013 in Russia and its theme was “Excellence in Mind and Body.”
Except for the age grouper category, which is open to any interested swimmer, the 16- to 28 category will be limited to students actually enrolled in any colleges or universities of the country, explained Papa.
Papa, herself a former Asian Games national swimmer, said that the first competition will be held at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Complex on January 18 giving participants in both categories enough time to form their teams and register their participation with PSL.
Papa added that the age groupers teams will be divided into 6 and under up to 15 years while those for the colleges and universities, the qualifying ages of participants are from 16 to 28 actively enrolled.
The PSL first joined the World Universiade in 2011 in China and then in Russia in 2013 and in Korea for 2015. The tryouts, through local PSL matches, will be held in all of 2014, Papa said. The swimming competitions (or qualifying rounds for the Universiade) will be held once per month or a total of 12 competitions for 2014.
A Filipino squad participated in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Sports Club invitation swimming championships where it bagged 28 gold medals. The delegation was supported by the Philippine Airlines and the PSL.
“These are the future of Philippine swimming and we are overwhelmed with the results we got here. It’s a good training ground for our young swimmers and we’re looking forward to see them improve their crafts and continue giving honor to our country in the near future,” said Papa.
The Philippine delegation had 11 most outstanding swimmers —a title that was increased to this much only this year from just one in 2012, Papa said.
The PSL is recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission as a national sports association for swimming.