Eight tankers led by University of Santo Tomas (UST) standout Sean Terence Zamora made it to the national team created by the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) for next year’s international competitions.
Zamora was selected based on his impressive performance both local and international competitions this year. He won eight golds in Australia; six golds in Hong Kong; three golds and three silvers in Singapore; and two golds, one silver and one bronze in Japan.
The 15-year-old Grade 10 student also grabbed eight Most Outstanding Swimmer awards and five President’s Trophies in the 2015 PSL National Series.
Besides Zamora, the other members of the boys team are Marc Bryan Dula of Weissenheimer Academy, Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School and Ferdinand Ian Trinidad of Pedro Guevara Memorial National High School-Laguna.
Comprising the girls squad are Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque, Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen Kalibo, Joy Rodgers of University of the Philippines (UP) and Charize Juliana Esmero of UP Integrated School.
“They were picked because they participated in 10 legs of the PSL National Series this year. We based it on their performance this year. The elite list of swimmers are now qualified in all international competitions for 2016,” said PSL President Susan Papa. “They will be given travel suitcase by PSL and team uniforms will also be provided.”
According to Papa, the other swimmers being considered are Jerard Dominic Jacinto, Drew Benett Magbag, Lans Rawlin Donato, Jux Solita, Carmenrose Matabuena and Andrea Pacheco.
“They must compete in PSL National Series in January and February and maintain good standing with PSL to qualify for next year’s international competitions. If they qualify, they will be given partial subsidy by PSL,” added Papa.
“Zamora’s participation in SIngapore, Australia and Japan was subsidized by PSL as well as Esmero’s travel in Hong Kong and Japan. We also provide cultural tour like going to Macau, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Mt. Fuji. We want these kids enjoy our trips abroad by rewarding them with these kinds of perks,” ended Papa.