• Tom bags second gold in Singapore Midget Meet

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    Aubrey Tom  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Aubrey Tom
    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delivered six more medals with Aubrey Tom of Marikin Aquabears nailing her second-gold on Sunday in the 21st Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet being held at the Singapore Swimming Club.

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    Tom, who bagged seven gold medals in the Phuket Invitational Swim Meet in March, topped the girls’ 8 years 25-meter freestyle by checking in at 15.99 seconds, relegating Chinese bet Jing Qi Yen Ong in the second place (16.13) and Singaporean Ting Qi Hannah Wee in the third spot (16.93).

    Tom won her first gold in the 25m butterfly event.

    “Our PSL young swimmers are getting better and better as they have learned to build how to be great swimmers. They have good character and attitude. Their character is within them and their attitude comes out in whatever situation,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    “And this is what FESSAP is all about, being with FISU, being with World University Games, we are preparing these young kids for the Olympics for colleges – the Universiade,” she stressed.

    Joining Tom in the medal rush was Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque, who earned a silver in the girls’ 9 years 25m breaststroke in 19.33 seconds.

    Singapore’s Melanie Chong ruled the event by clocking 18.93 while another Singaporean, Kym Yong secured the bronze (19.96).

    Davao City pride Khrystian Tan also made his presence felt as he earned one silver and one bronze in the boys’ 9 years event while Raphael Lentejas III and Janine Consul contributed one bronze each in their respective age groups.

    Tan of Brokenshire Resort Swim Team placed second in the 25m breaststroke in 18.83 seconds then bagged the third-place honors in the 25m freestyle in 14.80 seconds.

    Lentejas, on the other hand, had 17.92-second performance for the boys’ 7 years 25m freestyle bronze and Consul submitted 25.30 second to claim the girls’ 7 years 25m breaststroke bronze.

    So far, PSL has three golds, four silvers and three bronzes, surpassing the team’s one-gold, one-silver, one-bronze showing in the 2014 edition.

    Mojdeh, a multi-gold medalist in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, won gold in the 25-meter butterfly while Lentejas (25m butterfly) and Marc Bryan Dula of Wisenheimer Academy (boys’ 8 years 25m butterfly) were the silver medallists on the opening day.

    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.

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