71 swimmers all set for national selection bubble

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(CNN Philippines, October 21) — The stage is all set for the 2021 Philippine Swimming, Inc. (PSI) national selection bubble starting on Friday at New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac.

After two years since the Southeast Asian Games were held at the same venue, swimmers will vie for a spot in the national team training pool that will take part in several international competitions.

As the event is sanctioned by the sport's governing body Federation Internationale de Natation, the swimmers can gain points and get a crack at the time standards to qualify for the 2021 World Swimming (25m) Championships this December and next year's World Aquatics Championships.

"We hope that the event can show to the youth that we can rise again and recover from this pandemic. We hope to encourage current swimmers to train even more to reach their dreams," PSI president Lailani Velasco said in a statement.

A total of 71 swimmers will compete in the three-day event sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, and the Clark Development Corporation.

Three-time UAAP Women's Most Valuable Player Chloe Daos leads the pack in the women's division as she competes in four events.

National record holder in breaststroke Joy Rodgers will race in the 50-meter and 100-meter events.

UAAP Season 82 Men's Swimming MVP Sacho Ilustre headlines the men's division in four events.

All participants and officials will stay at the Hotel Stotsenberg in the Clark Freeport Zone.