Veteran international campaigners Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque and Aubrey Tom of Marikina Aquabears made their presence felt by smashing records on Saturday in the 86th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Baguio Halloween Swim Meet at the Athletic Bowl Swimming Pool Complex in Baguio City.
Mojdeh, a multi-gold medalist in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, submitted 35.62 seconds to break the 36.27 mark in the girls’ 9 years 50-meter butterfly while Tom, also a multi-gold winner in the Phuket Swimming Championship in Thailand, erased the 42.19-second record in the girls’ 8 years 50m backstroke via an impressive 40.53-second showing.
“These girls are proud products of the Philippine Swimming League. We are happy to see them grow. Mas lalo kaming ginaganahan sa mga ginagawa naming sa PSL dahil may nakikita kaming magandang resulta. And we want other kids to reach the same level in the future especially the young ones,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also shining in their respective events were Marc Bryan Dula, Paul Christian King Cusing, Ian Ferdinand Trinidad, Ruben White, Albert Sermona, Aalia Jaire Espejo, Felice Alexis Reyes, Marcus Faytaren, and Angelica Mae Medrano in the competition hosted by the Baguio Penguins Swim Club headed by Antonette Reyes Cheng and supported by The Manila Times, Victory Liner and the local government of Baguio City.
Dula topped the boys’ 8 years 50m breaststroke (56.65), Cusing dominated the boys’ 14 years 50m breaststroke (35.75), Trinidad ruled the boys’ 13 years 50m breaststroke (36.81), White reigned supreme in the boys’ 10 years 50m breaststroke (51.34), Sermona pocketed the boys’ 10 years 50m backstroke gold (43.15), Espejo won gold in the girls’ 12 years 50m breaststroke (43.03), Reyes bagged the girls’ 14 years 50m breaststroke top honors (43.78), Faytaren claimed the boys’ 13 years 50m backstroke gold (33.12), and Medrano got the girls’ 15-over 50m breaststroke gold (40.03).
The other gold medalists were Behrouz Mojdeh, Philip Princillo, Rigel Hechanova, John Fadriquela, Edrian Laureta, Margaret Mendez, Ehm Alavy-Chafi, Gian Carlo Banas, Charles Junda, Abigail Taylor, Heather White, Elaine Galang, Carlyn Kate Kewan, Roany Tica, Mary Beatriz Tolentino, Adrin Ortiguerra, Janzel Buan, Julles Salazar, Sophia Batac, Anjolie Novillas, Anet Aqui, Jayma Tamayo, Sean Romero, Benjamin Gonzales, Revee Ignacio, Prince Legaspi, Frances Chia and Charles Chia.
The event is a qualifying for the prestigious Summer World University Games as well as international tournaments such as the Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand and the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia.
Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees.
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).