BY EMIL C. NOGUERA, TMT ON
DECEMBER 9, 2017
Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque standout Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh led the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) to an eight-gold, three-silver, three-bronze medal haul in the opening day of the 2017 Hamilton Aquatics Winter Long Course Swimming Championships at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mojdeh, the reigning PSL Female Swimmer of the Year, bagged six gold medals in the girls’ 11-year category while Angela Torrico (girls’ 11-year) and Albren Dayapdapan (boys’ 13-year) contributed one gold each in their respective age bands.
The 11-year old Modjeh dominated the 50m freestyle in 31.01 seconds, beating Isla McIntosh of the Hamilton Swimming Team who posted a close 31.31-second.
Mojdeh also dominated the 100m breaststroke in 1:23.33, 400m individual medley in 5:30.75, 200m freestyle in 2:25.50, 100m butterfly in 1:08.72, and 200m breaststroke in 2:57.19.
Torrico, on the other hand, earned the top honors in the 50m backstroke with a time of 36.09 seconds while Dayapdapan finished with 2:48.98 to rule the 200m breaststroke.
PSL Male Swimmer of the Year Marc Bryan Dula of Wisenheimer Academy won two silver medals in the boys’ 10-year, plus another two silver in the 400m IM (6:08.78) and 100m butterfly (1:16.85). Torrico added another silver to the haul after finishing second in the 200m backstroke (2:53.92).
The bronze medals were from Dayapdapan (50m freestyle, 28.53, and 100m breaststroke, 1:17.51), and Torrico (50m freestyle, 31.96).
The PSL squad shoots for more medals when Jan Mari Christian Bunagan (boys’ 14-year), Chaun Nacaytuna (boys’ 9-year), Elijah Pobre (boys’ 13-year) and Alfonzo Torrico (boys’ 13-year) plunge into action in their respective events.
Mojdeh is also eyeing another six golds, this time in the 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m IM, 50m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 50m breaststroke while Dula aims to rule the 100m backstroke, 200m IM, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 50m butterfly events.
“The field is tough. This is a world-class competition with the presence of powerhouse teams from other strong countries. But we’re optimistic. We are aiming for more gold medals in the second day of the competition,” said PSL President Susan Papa.