TOKYO: Three Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts claimed the Most Outstanding Swimmer awards in the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship held at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool here.
Record-breakers Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque led the list of the awardees along with De La Salle-Zobel tanker Joey Del Rosario.
Dula and Del Rosario shared the top honors in the boys’ 8-year category as they both won four gold medals to earn 36 points each.
But it was the eight-year-old Dula, who shone the brightest as he broke two records – 50m butterfly (38.08) and 50m backstroke (39.45) – then copped another two golds in the 25m butterfly (17.83) and 25m backstroke (19.41).
For his part, Del Rosario dominated the 25m freestyle (16.76), 50m freestyle (35.44), 25m breaststroke (22.60) and 50m breaststroke (48.06).
Japan’s Jo Sendai placed third with 32 points followed by another Japanese bet Teiju Ajeesh in fourth (26) and British Daniel Oulette (23).
Not to be outdone was the nine-year-old Mojdeh, who also notched new record in the girls’ 9-10 50m butterfly (35.25).
She also topped the 50m breaststroke (42.95), 100m butterfly (1:19.47) and 100m breaststroke (1:31.96) for a total of 36 points, edging second placer Ariana Hill of Great Britain (34), third-placer Natsuki Uchino of Japan (28), fourth-placer Madison Lind of Germany (28) and fifth-placer Lisa Purcell of Japan (23).
“Our young kids performed well. Our counterparts are very happy that our swimmers are swimming with them competitively. They saw potentials in our swimmers that’s why they love inviting us,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Overall, PSL claimed 13 gold, seven silver and six bronze medals to earn 259 points for fourth place.
Host team St. Mary’s International School ruled the medal board with 1,552 points followed by The British School in Tokyo with 620 points and Jokosuka Junior Seahawks with 315 points.
Besides Dula, Del Rosario and Mojdeh, the other medalists were reigning Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora and Jux Keaton Solita of University of Santo Tomas, Drew Benett Magbag and Lans Rawlin Donato of University of the Philippines, Martin Jacob Pupos of National University and Lowestein Julian Lazaro of Philippine Yuh Chiau School.
“The participants in the 15-over are not joke. They are veterans of FINA World Junior Championships. It’s a good learning experience for our young tankers. We are exposing them in this kind of high-level competition to further hone their skills for future international competitions,” added Papa.
The other members of the delegation are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula, and National Capital Region Director Joan Mojdeh.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).