Close to 500 swimmers from different regions in the Philippines, including the 200 tankers from Negros Occidental, will converge in Bacolod City on Saturday as the 2011 Governor’s Cup National Swimming competition unfolds at the Panaad Stadium’s pool in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
The two-day tournament will be spearheaded by the Francisco Guanco Swimming Team – Bacolod Tankers, in cooperation with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and the Philippine Swimming League.
Leonardia and Coseteng are the guests of honor at the event.
Aside from Negros Occidental, other provinces that confirmed to send entries are Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, Davao and Metro Manila.
Tournament director Jake Piccio said the competition will serve as a try-out for swimmers who will make it in the national try-out set February 27, at the Diliman Preparatory School Swimming Complex.
Piccio said that swimmers who will meet the qualifying times will have the privilege to join in international competitions this year.
“This will help our swimmers strive and do their best so that they can be able to compete in international competitions,” he added.
PSL has been sending deserving swimmers and coaches free of charge to different international swimming tournaments in the last five years.
Meanwhile, PSL head Susan Papa and Cosetengplan to continue the unity swim this year to a higher scale, to enable to break not only one world record but several other world records in the Guiness Book of World Records, Piccio stressed.*
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