• PSL bets bag 13 more gold medals, notch 6 new records

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    Record-breaker Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh swims the 50m-butterfly event of the girls’ 9-10 category during the 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge on Sunday at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Record-breaker Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh swims the 50m-butterfly event of the girls’ 9-10 category during the 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge on Sunday at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    PERTH, Australia: Thirteen gold medals highlighted by six new records marked the second day of the Philippine Swimming League’s (PSL) campaign in the 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge on Sunday at the Challenge Stadium here.

    Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque’s Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh continued her impressive showing in the tournament as she claimed two more gold medals including new mark in girls’ 9-10 50m butterfly.

    Mojdeh submitted 34.25 seconds, smashing the five-year-old 35.78 mark of Nicole Miller of the Netherlands. She defeated Australians Bianca Macfarlane (34.39) and Rachel Lao (35.39), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

    The nine-year-old Mojdeh also secured gold medal in 200m breaststroke (3:18.61).

    Joining the list of record-breakers were Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School, Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas, Joy Rodgers of University of the Philippines, Ferdinand Ian Trinidad of Pedro Guevarra National High School Laguna and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen Kalibo.

    Magbag registered 2:36.19 in boys’ 16-year 200m breaststroke to erase the 2:52.27 old record of Australian Jayce Brown in 2014 while Zamora clocked 2:20.24 in boys’ 15-year 200m backstroke, blasting the 2:24.85 previous mark of Christopher Collins of Australia last year.

    Rodgers, for her, part nailed 2:52.83 in girls’ 17-over 200m breaststroke, Trinidad put his name on the record book in boys’ 14-year 200m breaststroke (2:51.97) and Soguilon broke the girls’ 11-year 200m backstroke (2:42.28).

    Weisenheimer Academy’s Marc Bryan Dula earned the top honors in the boys’ 9-10 50m butterfly in 35.70 seconds while Diliman Preparatory School’s Albert Sermonia topped the boys’ 11-year 200m breaststroke (3:21.72).

    The other gold medals were delivered by Soguilon in 50m butterfly (32.49) and 100m backstroke (1:14.22); Zamora in 100m backstroke (1:04.24), and the girls’ 17-over 4x50m freestyle relay.

    Gaining silver medals were Dula (100m backstroke), Sermonia (200m backstroke), Lucio Cuyong 2nd (boys’ 11-12 200m breaststroke) and Francis Sherwyn Tan (boys’ 15-year 200m breaststroke); and bronzes from Zamora (50m butterfly), Jux Solita (boys’ 17-over 400m freestyle) and Namahig Asa Mahiwo (boys’ 17-over 200m backstroke).

    The Philippines has already pocketed 20 gold, eight silver and four bronze medals in the tournament, counting the country’s seven-gold, two-silver, one-bronze production on the opening day.

    “We’re happy with the results that we’re getting. Our swimmers are extra motivated because of the support of the Filipino community here in Australia. A lot of them traveled from different parts of Australia just to cheer for our swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    The team is supported by The Manila Times, Finis Philippines, Hertz Australia, Vicki Wotherspoon and Francis Pisa of Filipino-Australasian Club, Inc.’s (FACI), and Landy Matugas and Brad Matugas of Filipino-Australian Club of Perth, Inc. (FACPI).

    “We are aiming for more medals as the competition progresses. We are on track of matching our medal haul last year. The swimmers just need to stay focused. I’m proud of these kids,” added Papa.

    Paul Christian King Cusing, John Gabriel Bucad, Kobe Soguilon, Roger Dante Giron and Lowestein Julian Lazaro will be gunning for medals in their respective events when the competition resumes today at 9 a.m.

    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).

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