TOKYO: Five more gold medals highlighted by three record-breaking feats marked the second day of the Philippine Swimming League’s campaign in the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship on Monday at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool here.
Eight-year-old Marc Bryan Dula stood tallest from among the winners as he swam to two new records in the boys’ 8-year old category, smashing the previous best when he was not even born.
The Weisenheimer Academy grade school student erased the old mark right on her first dive to the pool, clocking 38.08 seconds in the 50m butterfly to shatter the 38.16 set by Japanese Aki Ishiwata on December 17, 2000.
Dula notched another record in the 50m backstroke by posting 39.45 seconds to surpass the 40.32 old mark of Andrew Kershaw of Great Britain in 2004.
“I did my best because I really want to make my Lolo Alex happy on his birthday. It’s my birthday gift for him and I’m happy that I didn’t fail him,” said Dula referring to his grandfather Alex Papa, who celebrated his birthday last Sunday.
Dula swept all his four events after ruling the 25m backstroke (19.41) and 25m butterfly (17.83).
Joining Dula was Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque, who dominated the girls’ 9-10 years 50m butterfly in 35.25 second, blasting the 36.26 previous record of Irish Kershaw of Great Britain in 2003.
She also ruled the 50m breaststroke in 42.95 seconds to likewise sweep all her four events.
Mojdeh topped the 100m butterfly (1:19.47) and 100m breaststroke (1:31.96) in the opening day.
“Mahirap mag-swim kapag ganito kalamig ‘yung weather but we’re motivated to win medals since it’s not only for us or for our team or for our school but we are doing this for our country na po kaya talagang itinodo na po namin,” said Mojdeh, a consistent Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in international competitions.
After settling for runner-up finishes earlier, reigning Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas got a breakthrough by nailing his first gold medal in the boys’ 15-over 200m Individual Medley.
The 15-year-old Zamora, one of the youngest participants in his category, notched two minutes and 12.85 seconds to dominate the field while National University’s Martin Jacob Pupos made it a 1-2 punch by claiming the silver in 2:17.47.
Zamora finished second in the 200m backstroke (2:21.68) then third in the 50m freestyle (25.27).
University of the Philippines’ Drew Benett Magbag added a silver in the boys’ 15-over 200m breaststroke (2:37.22) and bronze in the 200m backstroke (2:30.30) while Pupos finished third in the 100m freestyle (54.93).
So far, PSL has 11 gold medals surpassing the eight-gold medal forecast of PSL President Susan Papa.
“We’ve already surpassed our medal target but we are aiming for more medals. These kids have already embraced the challenge of competing abroad not just for themselves but for the country,” stressed Papa.
The other members of the delegation are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula, and National Capital Region Director Joan Mojdeh.
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).