BANGKOK: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Bryan Dula and Michael Gabriel Lozada will start the country’s campaign in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship beginning today at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club Swimming Pool here.
Mojdeh, an Immaculate Heart of Mary College pride, takes part in the girls’ 7-8 100-meter freestyle along with Mikayla Venice Vilarasa and Alecsandra Rivera while Dula and Lozada join Wilse Jude Azarcon and Jared Ormeo in the boys’ 7-8 100m freestyle category.
“We want to start our campaign on a bright note. These kids are no pushovers. They’re raring to compete. They’re motivated because they already know how big it is to represent our country in an international level of competition,” said PSL President Susan Papa, who was accompanied by Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa and Secretariat Head Guia Llaguno.
Kyla Soguilon, Danica Alba, Marie Joe Borres, Kyra Maipid, Kane Parreno, Sydney Guarin, Isis Arnaldo, Tricia Jane Princillo and Natazha Lozada are also aiming to win gold medals in the girls’ 9-10 class while Raphael Dionela, Rio Malapitan, Rizalino Cortes 3rd, Adriaenne Macapagal, Lance Tacsagon, Jose Benedict Palafox and Michael Abeleda take part in the boys’ 9-10.
Seeing action in the girls’ 11-12 are Jesreel Francisco, Janna Gasapo, Ezra Cagape, Riandrea Chico, Shella Ocampo, Tricia Capistrano, Georr Jude Briones, Sidley Malumay, Pia Loy, Knorlegne Corpuz and Iyra Sustiguer while Daryl Concepcion and Gregg Marasigan are the only bets in the boys’ 11-12.
Jane Bautista, Alic Dela Cruz, Gianna Data and Aisha Ormeo participate in the girls’ 13-14 and Inaki Emil Lorbes, Ezekiel Cagape, John Mar Armocilla, JC Huqueriza and Jerald Rubin vie for honors in the boys’ 13-14.
Battling in the centerpiece 15-over event are Trisha Oliveros and Ashley Rances (girls) and Martin Jacob Pupos, Mhicoloe Dominique Abina, Nathan Cheng, Jeffrey Hirao, Jason Mirabueno, Christian Jaboneta, Roger Giron, Ernest Layug, Sean Ocampo, Kyle Lemery and Emman Vicentina (boys).
“Our kids are pumped up. We want to let them experience a high-level competition because it will push them to strive harder. There are lots of good swimmers this year especially from host Thailand and Singapore,” added Papa.
Besides the 100m freestyle event, the 50m breaststroke and 100m butterfly events are also scheduled on Day 1 while the 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and the 200m Individual Medley will be held on Day 2.
The other 200m IM categories resume in the morning session of Day 3 along with the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke before wrapping up the competition with 50m freestyle, 200m medley relay and 200m freestyle relay events.
Papa wants to continue the PSL’s dominant showing in international competitions.
Last August, the team won 69 golds, 55 silvers and 37 bronzes to retain the overall title in the 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Singapore Island Country Club.
Early this year, the PSL bagged 18 golds, 11 silvers and six bronzes in the Western Cape Swimming Gala in Cape Town, South Africa then went home with a 21-gold, six-silver, eight-bronzes output in the 2014 Australia Swimming Championships – All Stars Swimming Challenge in Perth, Australia.
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 Federation International Sports University.