The country’s top swimmers will be gunning for medals in the 168th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series — Short Course Leg 1 — NCR on January 26 at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Leading the participants are promising tankers from Capiz, Aklan, Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Quzon, Cavite, Bataan, Mindoro, Davao, Bicol, Dipolog, Zamboanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Tarlac, Baguio and Laoag.
The tournament supported by The Manila Times serves as qualifying for international competitions the PSL will be joining including in Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.
“This will be open to all schools and clubs regardless of affiliations and memberships. Our primary objective is to promote swimming in all levels and to foster camaraderie among swimming enthusiasts,” said PSL President Alexandre Papa.
Medals are up for grabs in the 6-under, 7-year, 8-year, 9-year, 10-year, 11-year, 12-year, 13-year, 14-year and 15-over for boys and girls with the top tankers in each category will be awarded with the Most Outstanding Swimmer trophies.
“We are happy with the turnout of this edition in terms of number of participants who registered as early as last month. We are expecting more swimmers to join as the registration is still open,” added Papa.
PSL standouts Marielle Charlize Montenegro, Marc Bryan Dula, Triza Tabamo, Trump Luistro, Red Dula, Mikhaela Dula and Roger Giron as well as Diliman Preparatory School tankers led by Lee Grant Cabral are seeing action in the one-day meet.
“Our main objective is to identify talents and send them in international competitions. We want them to experience this opportunity to represent our and bring honors to our country. We want to develop swimming champions through grassroots development program,” added Papa.