Elite junior swimmers and coaches leave for USA training camp


Thirteen junior elite swimmers and four coaches have left the country last night for their month-long training camp in USA from June 7 to July 5, 2017.

Included in the training camp are 2015 Junior World Championships veterans Maurice Sacho Ilustre, Kirsten Chloe Daos and Regina Maria Paz Castrillo; so as SEA Age-Group Swimming Championships’ medalists Miguel Karlo Barlisan, Andrae Miguel Pogiongko, Ianiko Limfilipino, Rafael Barreto, Nicole Meah Pamintuan, Bhay Maitland Newberry and Camille Lauren Buico.

PH Junior national record holders Jexter Janzen Chua and Samantha Therese Coronel are also among those who flew to USA last night, as well as Gabriel Guerrero.

Another junior world championships veteran, Timothy Yen, who is based in USA, is also joining the camp, while another SEA Age-Group medalist Althea Michel Baluyut is set to leave for the camp by mid of this month due to some school commitments.

The four coaches who are included in the camp are Noel Ilustre, Sherwin Santiago, Doll De Guzman and Marichi Gandionco.

Other junior swimmers who have been invited to join the training camps, but was not able to come due to prior commitments were Robi Mangilinan, Phillip Joaquin Santos and Xiandi Chua.

In it’s bid to further hone the talents of our local junior swimmers and local coaches, this training camp was initiated and realized by Philippine Swimming Incorporated’s Secretary General Lani Velasco, through the support of the Philippine Sports Commission and other private entities.

The first leg of the training camp will be at the Santa Clara Swim Club in California USA, from June 7 to 23; to be mentored by Santa Clara Swim Club Head Coach John Bitter, as well as coach Allison Beebe, the coach of Rio Olympic Gold medalist Simone Manuel.

The Santa Clara Swim Club is considered a Gold Medal Club in the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program. It has been developing champions since its founding in 1951. To date, it has produced 33 Olympic Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and 9 Bronze Medals and a host of other awards and recognitions throughout its history.

From California, our swimmers and coaches will fly to Seattle, USA, where they will be training with the King Aquatic Swim Club from June 24 to July 5.

The Seattle leg of the training camp will be mentored by former US Olympic Coach and IKKOS inventor, Sean Hutchison,

This training camp is designed and geared towards the preparation for the SEA Games, the Asian Indoor & Marital Arts Games (AIMAG) and the FINA Junior World Champs, to name a few.

PSI aims to provide exposure to local coaches via this swim camp, where they will be exposed to best practices as far as coaching techniques and skills that they can bring back home; while Philippine swimmers stand to benefit from this world class training as it will help them prepare for major international meets such as the SEA Games, among others.

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