A total of 11 swimmers, led by three collegiate standouts, will represent the country in the 2016 Hamilton Aquatics Winter Long Course Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Jerard Dominic Jacinto (University of the East), Sean Terence Zamora (University of Santo Tomas) and Sean Elijah Enero (Mapua Institute of Technology) are expected to deliver when they compete in the tournament slated to be held on Dec. 16-17 at the Gems Nations Academy pool.
Jacinto holds the national junior records in the 50-meter backstroke (27.33 seconds), 100-meter backstroke (59.06 seconds) and 200-meter backstroke (2:09.05) events, which he established during the 79th edition of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) this year.
Zamora, named Male Swimmer of the Year by the Philippine Swimming League (PSL), holds the Philippine record in the 200-meter Individual Medley of 2:12.41 he set in the UAAP.
PSL president Susan Papa said the athletes going to Dubai are all potential gold medal winners.
"These swimmers are no pushovers. They are raring to compete against the best tankers in the region," said Papa, who along with swimmers Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (Immaculate Heart of Mary College-ParaAaque), Kyla Soguilon (Aklan) and Triza Haileyana Tabamo (College of Holy Spirit-Tarlac) and PSL secretary general Maria Susan Benasa are already in Dubai.
The second batch, including the three collegiate standouts, Paul Christian King Cusing and Albert Sermonia II (Diliman Preparatory School), Palarong Pambansa gold medalist Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (Divine Word College-Calapan), Drew Benett Magbag (University of the Philippines) and Jeffrey Hirao (College of Saint Benilde), was scheduled to leave on Wednesday.
Before Dubai, the PSL swimmers have competed in Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship (February), Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia (March), Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship in Hong Kong (April), SICC Swimming Championship in Singapore (August), Midget Meet in Singapore (September) and Buccaneer Swimming Championship in Tokyo, Japan (October).
Source: Philippines News Agency