PSL’s Mojdeh, Dula win gold, smash record in HK meet

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Veteran international campaigner Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque displays her best form during the breaststroke leg of the 100m Individual Medley in the 2016 Stingrays Invitational Swimming Championships being held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool in Tai Tam, Hong Kong. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Veteran international campaigner Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque displays her best form during the breaststroke leg of the 100m Individual Medley in the 2016 Stingrays Invitational Swimming Championships being held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool in Tai Tam, Hong Kong. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Record-breaker Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque and Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy led the six-gold medal haul of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) on the opening day of the 2016 Stingrays Invitational Swimming Championships being held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool in Tai Tam, Hong Kong.

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Mojdeh smashed two records in the girls’ 9-under event while Dula pocketed three gold medals in the boys’ 9-under category.

The nine-year-old Mojdeh dominated the 100m Individual Medley (IM) in one minute and 19.17 seconds to erase the old mark of 1:22.15 then followed it up with another record-breaking feat in the 50m butterfly by virtue of her 34.94-second showing, blasting the 36.09 former record.

Dula was also unstoppable as he ruled the 100m IM in 1:23.92 and 50m butterfly in 36.42 the connived with Lee Grant Cabral, Joey Del Rosario and Eirik Rivera in nailing new record in the boys’ 10-under 200m medley relay.

They checked in at 2:34.75, far better than the previous meet record of 2:41.18.

Kyla Soguilon chipped in one gold in the girls’ 10-12 200m IM (2:36.69).

Besides the gold medals, the team also won six silvers and six bronzes.

Philippine junior record holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East (boys’ 15-over 100m backstroke, 58.97) and Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (boys’ 15-over 200m IM, 2:10.26) delivered the first two silvers along with Heather Linasan White (girls’ 9-under 50m butterfly, 36.86), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (boys’ 10-12 200m breaststroke, 2:53.83), Del Rosario (boys’ 9-under 50m butterfly, 39.19) and Soguilon (100m backstroke, 1:10.64).

The bronzes were from White (100m IM), Aalia Jaire Espejo (girls’ 10-12 200m breaststroke), the girls’ 14-over 200m medley relay (Soguilon, Espejo, Aaliah Saliendra and Carmenrose Matabuena), boys’ 13-under 200m medley relay (Malapitan Rivera, Ruben White and Carlos Noble), boys’ 14-over 200m medley relay (Jacinto, Zamora, Lyndon Banes Herrera and Randy Llantino) and the girls’ 10-under 200m medley relay (Mojdeh, Heather, Francesca Barretto and Sophia Anne barcelo).

“It was a good start. Our swimmers are competing against older and taller foes but they’re not afraid. The fighting spirit is there and we are hoping to win more medals on the final day of competition on Sunday,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

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