Philippine national junior record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh will banner the Philippine Swimming League-Swimming Pinas’ campaign in the 2019 Ralph Hicken International Swimming Championship scheduled on May 16 to 19 at the Markham Pan Am Center in Ontario, Canada.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque standout is eyeing to sweep all her nine events in the girls’ 12-year category.
She also aims to break five records in the tournament that drew more than 500 swimmers from some 25 teams.
“It’s my first time to compete in Canada and I want to make an impact. I am extra motivated this time because I want to dedicate this tournament to my mentor Coach Susan Papa,” Mojdeh stressed.
Mojdeh will be seeing action in 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 400m Individual Medley, 200m Individual Medley, 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.
The 12-year-old reigning Female Swimmer of the Year is fresh from successful campaign in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa held in Davao City.
On her first year in secondary division, Mojdeh made her presence felt with three gold medals highlighted by two new Philippine national junior records.
Mojdeh broke the Philippine record in 200m butterfly in two minutes and 22.69 seconds, erasing the 2:26.13 old mark of Regina Maria Paz Castrillo in 2013. She also smashed the 200m IM record in 2:30.11, beating the 2:31.04 previous record of Raven Faith Alcoseba registered in the Batang Pinoy National Championship in 2015.
Joining Mojdeh in Canada are Francisco Cordero III (boys’ 13-year), Lia Patrizia Pabellon (girls’ 10-year), Saira Janelle Pabellon (girls’ 11-year), Jie Angela Talosig (girls’ 12-year) and John Alexander Talosig (boys’ 14-year).
PSL Regional Director and Swimming Pinas team manager Joan Melissa Mojdeh, whol serves as delegation head, expressed optimism of the team’s chances in the four-day competition.
“They are all set and raring to compete against their foreign counterparts. We are optimistic, they prepared hard for this tournament. The kids are determined and motivated especially that this competition is dedicated for Coach Susan,” said Mojdeh, mother of Micaela Jasmine.
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Sy pockets four medals in Hong Kong
Philippine Swimming League standout Kaden Gabriel Sy delivered three silver and one bronze medals in the 2019 Hong Kong Stingrays Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Hong Kong International School in Tai Tam.
Sy bagged silver medals in the boys’ 9-under 50m butterfly (38.41), 50m breaststroke (44.63) and 100m Individual Medley (1:25.67) then placed third in the 50m freestyle (34.87).
The other members of the team were Anthony Acedo, John Raphel Boque, Aaron Matthew Landicho, Al-Nazzer Saggap, Al-Rasheim Saggap, Neil Tebar, Vivian Albesa, Mary Grace Batalla, Duja Mabalod, Una Mabalod, Suncel Macapobre and Summer Pacatang.
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