Slots for the prestigious World University Games are at stake when the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) holds its 63rd Leg Series on August 16 to 17 at the Central Philippines University (CPU) swimming pool in Iloilo City.
So far, there are 15 swimmers from the Western Visayas Region who qualified during the
PSL 61st Leg Series dubbed the John B. Lacson Memorial swim meet held last month.
“It’s [World University Games] a once in a lifetime experience. We want these young swimmers to experience a world-class competition because it’s way bigger than the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games,”said PSL President Susan Papa.
More than 200 swimmers from the Western Visayas Region are expected to show up including those from defending champion JB Lacson Swimming Team headed by Ronald Sta. Ana, Aklan Swim Team, Capiz Eagle Rays and Capiz Turbo Sharks. The age-groups are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 , 13-14, 15-17 and 18-over.
The top 3 winners in each category will be awarded medals and the most outstanding swimmer will receive a trophy. The top 3 teams will also be awarded trophies.
Papa said the PSL is now seriously looking at the Visayan region where a lot of potential swimmers have emerged.
“We will help them and we will let them make up for lost time,” said Papa.
Singapore Invitational Swimming Championships gold medallist Trisha Lei Bongco, a Grade 5 student at Western Visayas State University Integrated Laboratory School, and Deighme Rose Pamplona, a Grade 6 student at CPU, are raring to stamp their class in the two-day meet to be hosted by the CPU Golden Lions of Roel Susbilla.
Also expected to dominate their events are Kyla Soguilon, Kobe Soguilon, Ashlee Robin Dequito, Willrichson Casidsid, Michael Lozada, Alexandrei Gallego, Jason Villaruz, Julienne Fernandez, Georr Briones and Rose Mary Occeno
“I see swimmers evolve and happy to see them improve day by day and in every competition. I am with them,” said former Senator and sports advocate Nikki Coseteng.
Technical committee head Ed Mascardo will also update coaches, parents and swimmers with new technologies.