Promising tankers Marc Bryan Dula and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, the youngest participants in the age-group category, are all set to compete against the country’s best in the 52nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed The Manila Times College (TMTC) Swimming Championship today at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
The six-year-old Dula, a Learning Garden Montessori School Parañaque (LGMSP) standout, is the youngest record breaker in the recent PSL Leg Series and also the youngest qualifier in the ongoing 2014 Palarong Pambansa National Capital Region regional meet.
For being a consistent medal producer, Dula got a scholarship program approved by LGMSP head Jean Zurbano based on the recommendation of PSL President Susan Papa.
“I’m pushing for a more solid grassroots development program and it’s my mission to provide both athletic and academic education for young boys and girls. A lot of PSL swimmers are scholars in their respective schools based on out recommendation,” said Papa.
For her part, the seven-year-old Mojdeh also qualified in Palarong Pambansa NCR meet. She is a consistent PSL Leg Series most outstanding swimmer and was a member of the champion relay team in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet in Thailand.
“We want to help as many young boys and girls swimmers to compete every month and qualify for the International competition,” added Papa.
Mojdeh is part of the delegation to the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala scheduled on February 8 to 9 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center in Cape Town, South Africa.
While the collegiate level in the PSL-TMTC meet is a tryout for the 2015 World Universiade, the age-group category is a qualifying for the upcoming international tournaments in Australia and Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, the PSL, the national Sports Association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines (FESSAP ), and the longest swimming grassroots developmental program in the country, will the waive entry fees of all record breakers in the last edition of the PSL Leg Series.
The record breakers in the 51st edition are Dula, Mojdeh, Michael Lozada, Kyla Soguilon, D’Xismea’N Dumaguit, Joseph Dumaguit, McTracy Alindogan, Jux Solita, Joy Mendoza, Gianna Data, JC Doragos, Kate Doragos, Kyle Mendoza, Imee Saavedra, Mary Saavedra, Geoff Marcelino, Paula Cayanan, Charize Esmero, Chloe Fabic, Jesreel Francisco, Glenn Israel, Jay Ortega, Phoebe Orlina, Aubrey Tom, Mae Medrano, Lawrence Macapagal, Drew Neluna, Angela Niones, Althea Ocomen, Judel Rivera, Merriel De Luna, John De Luna, Ken Lobos, Bela Magtibay, Andre Aquino, Faye Golimlim, Jerard Jacinto, Royce Parco, Hanna Sales, Emman Ticbaen, Akira Maruo, Yuri Ilustre, Claire Adorna, Gab Labasan, Noah Labasan, EJ Lorbes, Andrea Pacheco, Angela Villamil, Seth Martin, Sacho Ilustre, Fritz Anos, Loren Aquino, Andrew Esguerra, Bella Joves, Drew Magbag, Joy Rodgers and Abdulrahim Nooh.