Record-breakers Angela Niones and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh copped five individual gold medals each
in the girls’ division of the 54th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Short Course Swimming Meet on Saturday at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.
Niones nailed new records in winning gold medals in the 9-year old 200-meter individual medley (3:14.61), 100m freestyle (1:19.83), 50m backstroke (41.83) and 100m breaststroke (1:48.77). She also dominated the 50m butterfly event.
Sharing the limelight was Mojdeh, a Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee, who broke records in the 7-year old 200m IM (3:31.27), 50m backstroke (47.37) and 100m breaststroke (1:52.50) then added two more mints in the 50m butterfly (46.00) and 100m freestyle (1:28.55).
Tina Baccay also won five golds in the girls’ 10-year old 200m IM (2:57.02), 50m butterfly (36.31), 100m freestyle (1:12.37), 50m backstroke (37.35) and 100m breaststroke (1:36.92).
“We saw a lot of potential swimmers here. We already have a few names that are qualified to represent our country in international level like in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. It’s a fruitful start and we’re looking forward to see more talents on Sunday,” PSL President Susan Papa said.
In the boys’ class, Marc Bryan Dula (6 years), Charles Emmanuel Ticbaen (10-year old) and Michael Gabriel Lozada (7 year-old) pocketed five golds apiece— all in record fashion.
Dula topped the 100m IM (1:47.27), 50m butterfly (46.35), 100m freestyle (1:38.13), 50m backstroke (48.07) and 50m breaststroke (1:02.81); Ticbaen dominated the 200m IM (2:57.07), 50m butterfly (34.67), 100m freestyle (1:11.84), 50m backstroke (40.31) and 100m breaststroke (1:41.00); and Lozada ruled the 200m IM (3:26.38), 50m butterfly (39.88), 100m freestyle (1:28.87), 50m backstroke (42.81) and 100m breaststroke (1:52.50).
Philip Miguel Mendoza likewise broke records in the boys’ 9-year old 200m IM (3:08.62), 50m butterfly (37.51), 100m freestyle (1:18.62) and 100m breaststroke (1:44.77), and got other gold in the 50m backstroke while Eirik Judel Rivera smashed records in the boys’ 8-year old 50m butterfly (44.56), 100m freestyle (1:26.04) and 50m backstroke (46.37), and additional golds in the boys’ 200m IM and 100m breaststroke.
The other Most Oustanding Swimmers are Althea Golimlim (girls’ 5 under), Janelle Blanch (girls’ 6 years), Jasmine del Moro (girls’ 8 years) and Rafael Lentejas 3rd (boys’ 5-under).
The 11-17 age-group events are scheduled today with veteran tanker Sean Terrence Zamora and Delia Angela Cordero leading the participants in the boys and girls, respectively.
The PSL is a national sports association affiliated with the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines, and holds the longest running grassroots developmental program.