Promising tanker Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh made waves on the opening day by claiming two gold medals in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 58th Leg Series dubbed as the PSL-Magnolia Swim Meet at the Diliman Preparatory School Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Modjeh, a gold medalist in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet, grabbed her first mint in the girls’ 7 years butterfly in 43.53 seconds to beat silver medalist Aubrey Tom (47.06) and bronze winner Alexis Dumaguit (47.40).
The seven-year-old Mojdeh sizzled anew in the 50m backstroke as she checked in at 48.27 seconds to lead the list of double-gold medalists in the tournament supported by Magnolia and Diliman Preparatory School headed by former Senator Nikki Coseteng.
Sharing the limelight are Cape Town Swim Meet gold medalist Kyla Soguilon, Australia All Stars Challenge champion Martin Pupos and former Palarong Pambansa standout Gian Daniel Berino, who also grabbed two gold medals each.
Soguilon, an incoming Grade 9 student at Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo, dominated the girls’ 9 years 50m butterfly (37.16) and 50m backstroke (40.50); Pupos topped the boys’ 15 years 200m Individual Medley (2:22.83) and 50m butterfly (28.68); and Berino ruled the boys’ 17-over 50m butterfly (27.59) and 200m IM (2:19.34).
The other double-gold winners were Bela Louise Magtibay (girls’ 12 years 200m IM and 50m butterfly), Marc Dula (boys’ 6 years 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke), Bridgette Bultron (girls’ 6 years 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke), Michael Lozada (boys’ 7 years 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke), Chloe Ann Fabic (girls’ 10 years 50m butterfly and 200m IM) and Daryl James Concepcion (boys’ 12 years 200m IM and 50m butterfly).
“We’re happy with the turnout of this edition. More than 500 swimmers showed up. This is one of the most competitive editions that we have. A lot of good swimmers are here to vie for slots for the World University Games and other international competitions,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Other gold medalists were Paul Cusing (boys’ 13 years 200m IM), Jasmine Del Moro (girls’ 8 years 50m butterfly), Rafael Lentejas (boys’ 5-under 50m butterfly), Charles Chia (boys’ 8 50m butterfly), Vaughn Andre Aquino (boys’ 9 years 50m butterfly), Ken Lobos (boys’ 10 years 50m butterfly) and Portia Kate Doragos (girls’ 13 years 200m IM).
PSL has the longest grassroots program in sport and is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.
Trophies and cash prizes await the top three teams with the champion getting P3,000, and the second and third placers earning P2,000 and P1,000, respectively.
The tournament will also serve as the penultimate tryout for the prestigious World University Games (Universiade) scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea and other international competitions including the Singapore Swimming Meet in July.