Swimming Pinas-Behrouz Elite Swimming Team will field in eight promising tankers in the prestigious 24th SSC Open Invitational Midget Meet beginning Saturday at the Singapore Sports Club swimming pool in Singapore.
Behrouz Mohammad Mojdeh will spearhead the country’s campaign in the tournament that drew more than 500 swimmers from different parts of the region including powerhouse China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, host Singapore and some invited teams from Europe.
Mojdeh, seven, will see action in the 25-meter freestyle and 25m backstroke events against older rivals in the boys’ 8-year category. He is the younger brother of Palarong Pambansa champion and Philippine national junior record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh.
Also expected to deliver for the Swimming Pinas-BEST supported by The Manila Times, are Kiara Acierto (girls’ 9-year) and Hugh Alberto Parto (boys’ 9-year) — both veterans of international competitions.
Acierto will compete in the 25m freestyle and 50m freestyle events while Parto in the 50m freestyle and 25m breaststroke.
Each swimmer is allowed to have a maximum of two entries in individual category and one in team event (relay).
“We want to give these kids exposure at an early age for them to experience how it is like to compete in international tournaments. It’s one way of honing skills and at the same time learning some styles and techniques from their foreign counterparts,” said Swimming Pinas team manager Joan Mojdeh.
The other members of the team are Bella Aaliyah Fano (girls’ 9-year), Rita Dorela Dimaandal (girls’ 7-year), Clara Maligat (girls’ 8-year), Matthew Lopez (boys’ 9-year) and Winston Taggs (boys’ 7-year).
“Our main goal is to give them proper exposure just like what coach Susan Papa did with our current elite swimmers in Swimming Pinas who started just like these kids. The Singapore Midget Meet is one of the toughest competitions for nine-under swimmers in the region,” added Mojdeh.