Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque’s Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Ateneo de Manila University’s Rafael Lentejas 3rd will start the country’s campaign in the 21st Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet beginning today at the Singapore Swimming Club.
Mojdeh, a multi-gold medalist in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, vies for gold in the girls’ 9 years 25-meter butterfly. She will be up against China’s Wan Ni Tang and Phua Mei Xuan Rayna, and Singaporeans Kaitlyn Ee, Rain Renee Tan, Yeo Yuan Qi Haley and Shanice Joy Yue.
For his part, Lentejas plunges into action in the boys’ 7 years 25m butterfly against Cheng Kuo Shiong and Leong Jun Kai of China, Aidan Koh of Malaysia, and Yao Quan Michael Lim, See Tien Shin and Timothy Cheah of Singapore.
“We’re hoping for a good start. They are all excited to compete against their foreign counterparts. A lot of good swimmers showed up in this year’s edition but we are optimistic of our chances. They are raring to go for the gold,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Veteran campaigners Marc Bryan Dula of Wissenheimer Academy and Aubrey Tom of Marikina Aquabears also shoot for medals in their respective age groups.
Dula, who recently won the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship Most Outstanding Swimmer award, will compete in the boys’ 8 years 25m butterfly and 25m backstroke while Tom, winner of seven golds in the 2015 Phuket Invitational Swimming Meet, hopes to deliver in the girls’ 8 years 25m butterfly and 25m freestyle.
Joining them are Prince Angeles (B9 25m fly/25m back), Justin Badion (B7 25m breast/25mback), Gian Banas (B725m fly/25m free), Julia Basa (G8 25m breast/25m back) and John Michael Bautista (B9 25m bakc/25m fly).
The other members of the team are Ethan Gabriel, Asha Segotier, Julyianna Calibjo, Khrystian Tan, Michael Samaniego, Mykel Cuasay, Rodolf Rasay, Chloe Laurente, Rex Dela Cruz Jr., Alexa Larrazabal, Amdre Dela Cruz, Mikyla Guzman, Tiffany Sanchez, Morie Pabalan, Louise Famanilla, Venice Villarasa, Victor Cabrera, Chelsea Pastolero, Nicole Camacho, Janine Consul, Allen Conda and Joshua Camacho.
PSL is looking to surpass its one-gold, one-silver, one-bronze showing in the 2014 edition.
“We are exposing these young swimmers in a high-level of competition like this so further hone their skills. We want these kids to be physically and emotionally tough for future international tournaments that we’ll be joining. It’s a good exposure for them,” added Papa.
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.