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Mojdeh bags 5 golds in Vietnam swim meet

Brent International School-Laguna standout Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh captured five gold and one bronze medals in the 2019 United Nations International School (UNIS) Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Ciputra in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Mojdeh, a Swimming Pinas ace tanker, made huge waves in all her five individual events to claim the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the girls’ 13-year category.

The 13-year-old Philippine national junior record holder opens her campaign with a bang as she earned the gold medal in the 200m freestyle event with a time of two minutes and 17.77 seconds.

(From left) Heather White, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Hannah White and Ruben White display their trophies and medals during the awarding ceremony of the 2019 United Nations International School Invitational Swimming Championship in Vietnam. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

She followed it up with another gold-medal showing by topping the 100m Individual Medley in 1:10.39.

Mojdeh continued to sizzle in the final day of the competition, bagging gold medals in the 50m butterfly (30.21), 50m breaststroke (37.07) and 100m butterfly (1:04.77) to complete a five-gold sweep.

She also helped the relay team in securing the bronze in the 200m medley relay.

“It’s her first international meet representing Brent International School and we’re happy with the outcome. We want to thank Brent International School for giving proper exposure and for supporting Jasmine,” said Swimming Pinas team manager Joan Melissa Mojdeh.

The White siblings of Heather, Ruben and Hannah, who like Mojdeh, are products of the Philippine Swimming League’s (PSL) grassroots program pioneered by the late PSL president Susan Papa.

Heather shone the brightest among the three with three golds and one silver in the girls’ 12-year class while Ruben chipped in two golds and two silvers in the boys’ 14-year division.

Heather ruled the 100m butterfly (1:10.12), 100m IM (1:12.48) and 50m butterfly (30.81) events and placed second in 50m backstroke (32.67).

For his part, Ruben topped the 100m butterfly (1:04.35) and 100m IM (1:08.08) then settled for silver in 50m freestyle (25.45) and 50m butterfly (28.49).

Hannah added a silver in the girls’ 7-year 50m freestyle (41.54).

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