Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque and Aubrey Tom of Marikina Aquabears led the four-medal haul of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) in the opening day of the 21st Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet on Saturday at the Singapore Swimming Club.
Mojdeh, a multi-gold medalist in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, pocketed the country’s first gold medal after dominating the girls’ 9 years 25-meter butterfly.
She registered 15.97 seconds to outclass Singaporeans Kym Yong (17.03) and Wan Ni Tang (17.09), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
On the other hand, the Phuket Invitational Swim Meet seven-gold winner Tom reigned supreme in the girls’ 8 years 25m butterfly via a nerve-wracking 17.15-second showing. Yan Yuang Chiang of the powerhouse Chinese team, checked in at 17.27 for second while Charlotte Mondry of Singapore wound up third with a 17.90 clocking.
“It was a good start. We were able to meet our target as early as the morning results of day one. But we are looking for more medals as our other swimmers are scheduled to take part in different events here,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Marc Bryan Dula of Wissenheimer Academy and Rafael Lentejas III of Ateneo de Manila University delivered one silver medal each in their respective divisions.
Dula took the runner-up honors in the boys’ 8 years 25m butterfly by virtue of his 17.23-second performance as Jie Lim of Singapore clinched the top spot (16.78) and Xu Sheng Chin of China claimed the bronze (17.43).
Lentejas added another silver in the boys’ 7 years 25m butterfly after submitting 19.66 seconds. Kuo Shiong Cheng of China bagged the gold (18.55) while Yao Quan Michael Lim of Singapore earned the bronze (19.93).
PSL has already surpassed its one-gold, one-silver, one-bronze output in the 2014 edition.
“All participants here are very competitive but our swimmers are not intimidated. This is a good sign because they are becoming competitive,” she added.
Also seeing action in their respective age-groups are Ethan Gabriel, Asha Segotier, Julyianna Calibjo, Khrystian Tan, Michael Samaniego, Rod Cuasay, Rodolf Rasay, Julia Basa, Chloe Laurente, Rex Dela Cruz Jr., Alexa Larrazabal, Amdre Dela Cruz, Mikyla Guzman, Tiffany Sanchez, Gian Banas, Morie Pabalan, Louise Famanilla, Venice Villarasa, John Bautista, Victor Cabrera, Chelsea Pastolero, Nicole Camacho, Janine Consul, Justin Badion, Allen Conda, Joshua Camacho and Prince Angeles.
PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.