TOKYO: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) wrapped up its campaign with a total haul of 26 medals – 13 golds, seven silvers and six bronzes – highlighted by record-breaking feats by Marc Bryan Dula and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh in the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship held at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool here.
Dula, a grade school student at Weisenheimer Academy, smashed records in the boys’ 8-year 50m butterfly (38.08) and 50m backstroke (39.45) then grabbed two more golds in the 25m butterfly (17.83) and 25m backstroke (19.41).
The Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque standout Mojdeh broke the girls’ 9-10 50m butterfly old mark in 35.25 before sweeping her three remaining events in 50m breaststroke (42.95), 100m butterfly (1:19.47) and 100m breaststroke (1:31.96).
De La Salle-Zobel’s Joey Del Rosario likewise reigned supreme in the boys’ 8-year 25m freestyle (16.76), 50m freestyle (35.44), 25m breaststroke (22.60) and 50m breaststroke (48.06) while Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (UST) added another gold in the boys’ 15-over 200m Individual Medley (2:12.85).
Zamora also had silver in the 200m backstroke and a bronze in the 50m freestyle.
“I’m so happy to see these young kids break records kahit mas matatangkad ang mga kalaban nila talagang lumaban sila,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“And we’re happy that everybody’s bringing home with a medal. It’s a good start for us in international competitions. We’re giving these kids incentives. We will be going to Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchico, Fuji Ten and other tourist spots to enjoy,” she added.
Winning silver medals in their respective events were Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines (UP) Integrated School (boys’ 15-over 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke), Martin Jacob Pupos of National University (boys’ 15-over 200m IM), Lans Rawlin Donato of UP (boys’ 15-over 100m butterfly), the boys’ 15-over 4x400m medley relay of Zamora, Magbag, Donato and Pupos, and the boys’ 15-over 4x400m freestyle of Pupos, Donato, Zamora and Jux Keaton Solita of UST.
The bronzes were from Solita (400m freestyle), Pupos (100m freestyle and 200m freestyle), Magbag (200m backstroke) and Lowestein Julian Lazaro of Philippine Yuh Chiau School (boys’ 13-14 100m backstroke.
“It’s an overwhelming result. We’re happy that we were able to accomplish our mission here. Malalakas ang mga kalaban pero hindi nagpatalo ang mga bata sa kabila ng malamig na panahon. Hindi sanay ang mga bata sa ganitong weather pero talagang palaban sila,” added Papa.
The other members of the delegation are PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula, and National Capital Region Director Joan Mojdeh.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).