SINGAPORE: Four Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) award in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Singapore Island Country Club here.
Heading the list were Indian Ocean All Star Challenge multi-gold medalists Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School along with Marc Bryan Dula of Wissenheimer Academy and Lee Grant Cabral of Diliman Preparatory School.
Mojdeh claimed five golds and three silvers in the girls’ 8-9 class highlighted by her record-breaking feat in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:34.89) and 50m butterfly (36.42).
She also won silver medals in the 200m freestyle, 200m freestyle relay with Janelle Blanch, Santien Santos and Aubrey Tom, and 200m medley relay with Blanch, Tom and Samantha Lachica.
Sharing the spotlight was Soguilon who dominated the girls’ 10-11 category with five golds, one silver and one bronze including new record in the 100m backstroke (1:16.78).
Soguilon topped the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly then connived with Isis Arnaldo, Joanna Cervas and Tricia Princillo in earning the 200m freestyle relay silver medal. She got the bronze in the 50m breaststroke event.
On the other hand, Dula secured one gold and six silver medals to win the MOS trophy in the boys’ 8-9 event.
The eight-year-old Dula outclassed his tall rivals in winning the 50m butterfly gold medal then clinched silver medals in the 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle relay and 200m medley—both with teammates Cabral, Joey Del Rosario and Robby Loy.
Cabral, meanwhile, claimed two golds (50m freestyle and 100m butterfly), and four silvers (100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay).
“We’re overwhelmed with the results that we’re getting here. There are lots of good swimmers in this edition including those from Singapore Sports School who are members of the Singapore national junior team,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“Talagang malalakas ang mga kalaban pero lumaban ang mga bata. Nakakatuwa na nakatanim na sa puso nila yung responsibilidad na Pilipinas ang inire-represent nila dito hindi schools or teams nila,” she added.
Besides Papa, the other members of the coaching staff were Alex Papa Marlon Dula, Ephraim Rivera, Nini Loy and Joel Villa with team manager Modj Mojdeh and delegation head PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
The 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).