Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh won five gold medals in the girls’ 9-10 category at the start of the 2016 Hamilton Aquatics Winter Long Course Swimming Championship on Saturday at the Gems Nations Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mojdeh, an Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque student, bagged her first gold in the 50m freestyle with time record of 31.88 seconds. She won another gold in the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:43.88.
The seasoned Filipino-Iranian international campaigner continued her impressive showing by bagging three more gold medals in the 200m freestyle (2:30.41), 100m butterfly (1:12.48) and 200m breaststroke (3:05.47).
“I am really excited to swim here in Dubai. Before going here, I already set my mind that I need to perform well this time since I’ll be competing against the best swimmers from different countries. And I’m happy that I made my family, my team and of course our country proud again,” said Mojdeh.
“I still have four more events and I’m looking forward to winning more medals. We’ll see. Traveling abroad helps me a lot to improve my skills and at the same time see the beauty outside the Philippines. Going to theme parks as a reward makes me even more motivated to swim faster,” she added.
Reigning Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School-Kalibo won three silver medals in girls’ 12-year 400m IM (6:03.85), 50m freestyle (29.69) and 50m backstroke (33.96).
Triza Haileyana Tabamo also won a silver medal in the girls’ 9-year 200m butterfly (3:30.68).
Meanwhile, the PSL male bets that won silver were Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (boys’ 16-over 400m IM, 4:57.37), Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School (boys’ 16-over 200m butterfly, 2:47.12), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan of Divine Word College-Calapan (boys’ 13-year 100m butterfly, 1:10.31), Sean Elijah Enero of Mapua Institute of Technology (boys’ 16-over 50m backstroke, 29.30) and Albert Sermonia 2nd of Diliman Preparatory School (boys’ 11-year 100m butterfly, 1:18.15).
“It was a great start. Mojdeh was just fantastic in all her events. She won two golds both clocking good times at 31.88 in 50m free and 2:43.88 in 200m butterfly are great times. I am happy for her as you see her swimming with a brave heart,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The PSL squad also copped eight bronze medals courtesy of Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Intergrated School (boys’ 16-over 200m breaststroke, 2:36.25), Tabamo (50m freestyle 34.99 and 100m butterfly 1:31.46), Sermonia (50m freestyle 31.53), Soguilon (100m butterfly 1:15.45), Malapitan 100m breaststroke 1:16.59), Zamora (100m butterfly 1:04.03) and Enero 50m freestyle 25.38).