Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Kyla Soguilon will start the country’s campaign in the 2016 Hamilton Aquatics Winter Long Course Swimming Championship beginning today at the Gems Nations Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mojdeh, an Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque student, will see action in the girls’ 8-10 freestyle while Soguilon, a Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo pride, will compete in the girls’ 12-year 400m Individual Medley.
The 10-year-old Mojdeh will also compete in the 200m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 200m breaststroke while Soguilon has 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.
Also gunning for medals in their respective events are Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East in boys’ 15-16 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke, Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas in boys’ 15-16 400m IM, 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly, and Sean Elijah Enero of Mapua Institute of Technology in boys’ 17-over 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.
Those competing on the opening day are Drew Benett Magbag (boys’ 17-over 100m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 200m breaststroke), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (boys’ 13-year 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m butterfly), Albert Sermonia (boys’ 8-11 400m IM, 50m freestyle and 200m butterfly), Paul Christian King Cusing (boys’ 15-16 400m IM, 100m breaststroke and 200m butterfly), Jeffrey Hirao (boys’ 17-over 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke), and Triza Haileyana Tabamo (girs’ 8-10 400m IM, 50m freestyle and 200m butterfly).
“It’s going to be a tough one since a lot of good swimmers are expected to show up especially those from host Hamilton Aquatics – a strong and notable team not only in here in United Arab Emirates but in international level as well,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“But we will give them a good fight. Our swimmers are all excited and raring to compete against the world’s best tankers. It’s a good venue to gauge their skills,” added Papa who’s accompanied by PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Regional Director Joan Mojdeh, and coaches Joey Andaya and Ryan Robles.