Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque’s Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and St. Agnes Academy’s Isis Arnaldo broke records in their respective age-group at the start of the 82nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series –El Presidente Swim Cup on Saturday at the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Pool in Legazpi City.
Mojdeh, a veteran of international competitions, checked in at one minute and 35.58 seconds in the girls’ 9 years 100m breaststroke to smash her own record of 1:36.80 she registered in August.
“I thank God and my coaches who are helping me coz I won’t be able to break it without their help. Hopefully, I can swim better also in other events,” said Mojdeh, who recently bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship.
Arnaldo also made her presence felt by submitting an impressive 1:30.92 output in winning the girls’ 10 years 100m breaststroke gold medal. She erased the 1:32.33 old mark of Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon.
“PSL continues its grassroots development program in the Bicol region as we are preparing for bigger events. We told them to dream big to catch up because we are behind in the world standing,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“The democratization in swimming started in Bicol, having only one team before and now we are more than happy that there are many teams participating,” she added.
University of the Philippines standout Trisha Anne Oliveros alsograbbed some spotlight as she claimed five gold medals in the girls’ 15-over category (100m back, 200m free, 100m breast, 100m fly and 100m Individual Medley.)
Winning four gold medals were Ferdinand Ian Trinidad (boys’ 13 100m free, 100m back, 100m breast and 100m fly), Luis Angelo Manliclic (boys’ 14 100m free, 100m back, 100m breast and 100m fly), Tristan James Laderoma (boys’ 11 100m free, 100m back, 100m breast and 100m fly), Caryl Ante (girls’ 12 100m free, 100m back, 100m breast and100m fly), Nicole Camacho (girls’ 7 50m free, 50m back, 50m breast and 100m fly) and James Peter Hernandez (boys’ 15-over 100m freestyle, 200m free, 100m fly and 100m IM).
Cavite Sailfish Swim Club’s Gregg Marasigan (boys’ 12 100m back, 100m breast and 100m fly), and Rachel Abareta (girls’ 14 100m back, 100m breast and 100m fly), Zyrilyn Anonuevo (girls’ 11 100m free, 100m back and 100m fly), Heather White girls’ 8 (100m back, 100m breast and 100m fly), Joshua Camacho (boys’ 8 100m back, 100m breast and 100m fly), and Chelsea Pastolero (girls’ 6-under 50m free, 50m breast and 50m fly) bagged three gold medals each.
Besides Universiade slots, the competition offers slots for the 2015 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet, 2016 Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship and 2016 Indian Ocean All Star Challenge in Perth, Australia.
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).