• Young swimmer Mojdeh shines in Singapore tourney

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    Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    SINGAPORE: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh spearheaded the country’s 14-gold medal on Day 3 of the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship being held at the

    Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) here.

    Mojdeh, an Immaculate Heart of Mary College student, bagged three gold medals including two new records in the girls’ 8-9 years event. She registered one minute and 34.89 seconds to rule the 100m breaststroke and broke the 1:35.47 old mark of Elizabeth Lee of Singapore in 2010.

    Moments later, Mojdeh reigned supreme in the 50m butterfly with a time of 36.42 seconds, surpassing the seven-year-old 36.62 record of Natasha Ern of Germany. She also claimed the 200m Individual Medley gold medal in 2:55.28.

    “Jasmine was fantastic. She followed exactly every instruction given. At the age of nine, she’s already a veteran international swimmer and has indeed matured. Amazing, they are amazing swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    University of Santo Tomas tanker Sean Terence Zamora continued his impressive showing as he notched two records in the boys’ 14-15 class. He topped the 200m IM in 2:16.75, beating the 2:21.17 record of Asian Games gold medalist Joseph Schooling of Singapore then clocked 55.78 seconds to beat the 56.31 old mark of Zhen Ren of China in 2008.

    Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon reigned supreme in the girls’ 10-11 100m freestyle (1:07.98), 50m butterfly (32.97) and 100m freestyle (1:07.98).

    ‘Kyla Soguilon was also terrific, breaking two records on Day 2 at the age of 11. Hindi masyado hard ang training ni Soguilon dahil nagko-concentrate din siya sa kaniyang academics. We still have a lot of events coming. I am sure there will still be a lot of surprises. I congratulate everyone in giving points for the Philippines,” Papa said.

    Joining the gold rush were Wissenheimer Academy tanker Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 8-9 50m butterfly, 38.86), Aalia Jaire Espejo (girls’ 12-13 100m breaststroke, 1:31.16), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10-11 50m butterfly, 33.82), Martin Jacob Pupos (boys’ 16-17 50m butterfly, 28.67), Luis Joaquin Ventura (boys’ 10-11 100m breaststroke, 1:32.04),

    Gianna Data (girls’ 16-17 100m breaststroke, 1:31.17), and the girls’ 16-17 200m medley relay of Data, Isis Arnaldo, Aubrey Ybanez and Sophia Castillo, who dominated their respective events

    Earning silver medals were Zamora (100m breaststroke), Ventura (200m IM), Data (200m IM and 50m butterfly), Guzman (100m freestyle), Pupos (100m freestyle), Arnaldo (100m breaststroke), Charize Esmero (girls’ 12-13 200m IM and 100m freestyle), Jason Mirabueno (boys’ 16-17 200m IM), Lee Grant Cabral (boys’ 8-9 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (boys’ 12-13 100m breaststroke), Sophia Castillo (girls’ 16-17 100m backstroke), the boys’ 8-9 200m medley relay (Dula,

    Cabral, Joey Del Rosario and Robby Loy), girls’ 8-9 200m medley relay (Mojdeh, Aubrey Tom, Samantha Lachica and Janelle Blanch), the boys’ 10-11 200m medley relay (Hans Reyes, Eduardo Tolentino, Philip Princillo and John Salibio), girls’ 10-11 200m medley relay (Nicolette Belgica, Alecsandra Rivera, Tricia Princillo and Hannah Ataza), girls’ 12-13 200m medley relay (Sofia Estrada, Isabela Buniel, Tricia Capistrano and Jenny Ong), boys’ 14-15 200m medley relay (Zamora, Christian Paul Cusing, Ian Trinidad and Marcus Faytaren), and boys’ 16-17 200m medley relay (Meynard Bautista, Andre Mendoza, Jason Ong and Vincent Samaniego).

    The bronze winners were Espejo, Tom, Nigel Romey, Del Rosario, Princillo, Townend, Ybanez, Cusing, Faytaren, Gian Nicole Nunez, Pia Loy, the boys’ 12-13 200m medley relay (Jay Tecson, Jine Deligero, Edgar Roberto and Jake Torrelino), and the girls’ 14-15 200m medley relay (Judi Segotier, Christine Townend, Danica Alba and Jayani Balutan).

    “We’re happy that everyone’s getting medal especially yung mga first-timers sa international competition. Bilib ako sa determinasyon ng mga batang ito,” said Papa.

    The 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).

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