Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh added another feather to her cap by claiming a gold medal in the prestigious 20th Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet on Saturday at the Singapore Sports Aquatic Center.
Mojdeh, a multi-gold medalist in international competitions who trains at The Village Sports Club in Parañaque City, submitted the fastest time of 17.86 seconds in the girls’ 8 years 25-meter butterfly, beating 23 participants including tall Chinese and Singaporean swimmers.
“It is a great feeling to see our young swimmers winning in this prestigious event. They were deprived to swim before in this competition but PSL is persistent to democratize swimming in the Philippines and now, we won gold,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Wang Ni Tang of Singapore settled for the silver medal with 18.16 while Wu Xinyue of China registered 18.31 for the bronze medal in the tournament participated in by more than 400 swimmers from different Asian countries.
“We are changing the trend, with their early age we want them to be exposed in this kind of competitive meet. There is no room for mistake, they are here to focus. We want to build a strong foundation in a solid rock and now it is paying off,” added Papa.
Mojdeh, who recently won the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the recent 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship, will be gunning for another medal as she competes in the 25m breaststroke on the final day of the two-day meet.
Michael Gabriel Lozada of Aklan also made his presence felt by earning a silver medal in the boys’ 8 years 25m backstroke as he checked in at 19.19 seconds. Singapore’s Lachlan Saputra Goh topped the event in 18.64 while another Singaporean Marc Qi Xian Lim bagged the bronze medal in 19.39.
Lozada added one bronze in the 25m butterfly category.
Veteran campaigner Emanuel Jelankarlo Solina, the third member of the three-man PSL swimming team, plunges into action in the boys’ 25m freestyle also on Sunday.
Each swimmer is allowed to participate in two events.
So far, the Philippines has one gold, one silver and one bronze.
Papa accompanied the three swimmers along with PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa and Joan Melissa Mojdeh.
The 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 International Sports University Federation.