The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be going home with a total medal haul of three golds, four silvers and three bronzes copped in the 21st Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet held at the Singapore Swimming Club.
Marikina Aquabears’ Aubrey Tom led the charge of the Filipino tankers when she bagged two gold medals in the girls’ 8 years (25-meter freestyle, 15.99, and 25m butterfly, 17.15).
Veteran international campaigner Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque delivered one gold and one silver in the girls’ 9 years event. She ruled the 25-meter butterfly (15.97) then placed second in the 25m breaststroke (19.33).
“We thank God for surpassing our medal standing this year, we tripled it. Our counterparts were surprised. I remember our first and second years. We did not win anything. On our third year, we have one bronze. This year, it was an amazing performance by the veterans and newcomers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Winning silver medals were Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, Rafael Lentejas 3rd of Ateneo de Manila University and Khrystian Tan of Davao City Brokenshire Resort Swim Team.
Dula wound up second in the boys’ 8 years 25m butterfly (17.23), Lentejas settled for silver in the boys’ 7 years 25m butterfly (19.66) and Tan took the second spot in the boys’ 9 years event 25m breaststroke (18.83).
The bronzes medallists were Tan (25m freestyle, 14.80), Lentejas (25m freestyle, 17.92) and Janine Consul (girls’ 7 years 25m breaststroke, 25.30).
“Its a triple hurrah for us. We brought the blessed young swimmers that performed to their best level, such as they would really try to give all out,” said PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
The other members of the team were Ethan Gabriel, Asha Segotier, Julyianna Calibjo, 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, 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.