Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque’s Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh is leading the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Female Swimmer of the Year race following her impressive campaign in international tournaments this year.
The nine-year old Mojdeh bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) trophy in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia after winning four gold and one silver medals.
She also got five golds and a silver highlighted by a couple or new records to win the MOS award in the 11th Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship.
In November, Mojdeh pocketed three golds and one silver in the Japan Invitational Swimming Championship, then one gold and one silver in the Singapore Midget Meet.
In the Convoy Stingray Invitational Meet held in Hong Kong, Mojdeh took home four silvers and one bronze.
Besides winning medals in international competitions, Mojdeh also dominated the PSL National Series by gaining 13 MOS awards. She also has 11 records in short course ang eight marks in long course.
“Maganda talaga ang ipinakita ng mga bata ngayong taon sa international competitions and almost all of them deserving sa award,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Reigning Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo, who won golds in Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Japan, and Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines Integrated School, winner of gold medals in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, are also in the short list of candidates.
Gwangju Summer World University Games campaigner Joy Rodgers, who recently broke a record in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 swimming competitions joined them in the list as well as Aubrey Tom of Marikina Aquabears.
Tom was earned eight golds in Thanyapura Invitational Swimming Championship in Phuket, Thailand; two golds in Singapore Midget Meet; and one silver and four bronzes in the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship.
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).
EMIL C. NOGUERA