2017 Taipei Universiade Games
MANILA, Philippines - Aarangkada ang Philippine Swimming League (PSL) tankers sa prestihiyosong 2017 Summer World University Games na gaganapin sa National Taiwan Sports University Arena sa New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Babanderahan ni Gwangju Universiade veteran Jux Keaton Solita ng University of Santo Tomas (UST) ang kampanya ng Pinoy tankers sa pagsabak nito sa makapigil-hiningang men’s 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle at 1,500m freestyle.
Bahagi rin si Solita ng men’s 4x200m freestyle relay kasama sina David De Layola, Mark Hosana at Kobe Soguilon.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience competing against the world’s best swimmers. We’re here for exposure. We want our swimmers learn from these world-class athletes and share their experience to their fellow swimmers in the Philippines,” pahayag ni PSL President Susan Papa.
Sasabak naman si dating Palarong Pambansa record-breaker Christen Mercado ng University of the Philippines (UP) sa men’s 100m backstroke habang aarangkada sina Arian Neil Puyo sa mens’ 50m backstroke, Mico Abina sa men’s 50m freestyle, Nathan Cheng sa men’s 800m freestyle at Martin Jacob Pupos sa men’s 100m freestyle.
Lalarga naman sa women’s division sina Carmen Rose Matabuena ng University of the East, Joy Rodgers at Trisha Oliveros ng UP at sina Pauline Cusing at Julian Ingrid Pupos ng UST.
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Lalahok si Matabuena sa 400m freestyle habang aariba rin sina Rodgers sa 50m breaststroke, Oliveros sa 100m freestyle at Pupos sa 50m backstroke.
Kasama naman si Cusing sa women’s 200m freestyle relay katuwang sina Matabuena, Annyka Dela Cruz at Princess Bernadette Estal.
“The swimmers we are bringing here in Universiade are also PSI (Philippine Swimming Incorporated) swimmers that went out of PSI and hoping to experience this world class event,” dagdag ni Papa.
“Our swimmers from PSL are still young the ones we develop from grassroots and they are not qualified to compete yet because most of them are 12 and younger, the ones winning abroad,” aniya.
Nasa delegasyon din sina Namahig Asa Mahiwo, Gian Daniel Berino, Leichelle Buenaventura, Alic Deniel Dela Cruz, Jazmine Franchesca Mirasol, Isabella Oliveros, Macy Reyes, Stephanie Sablan, Julianne Khryztelle Torres, Martina Villanueva at Aubrey Ybanez gayundin sina Ernest Raphael Arceo, Paul Jerome Carpio, Louie Martin Cesdorio, Emmanuel Rome Dela Cruz, Ryan Dimayuga, Roger Dante Giron, Drew Benett Magbag, Jason Mirabueno at Raymund Joshua Sevilla.