Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout John Alexander Talosig will open the country’s campaign in the 2019 Ralph Hicken International Swimming Championship, which kicks off today at the Markham Pan Am Center in Ontario, Canada.
Talosig hopes to deliver the team’s first gold medal when he plunges into action in the boys’ 13-14 800m freestyle event. He holds the No. 2 seed with a time of 9:06.55 while Canadian Tristan Labarre holds the No. 1 seed with 9:02.41.
Philippine national junior record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque will be competing in the second day on Friday (Saturday in Manila) of the four-day meet.
Mojdeh, who notched two new national records in the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City, guns for gold medals in the girls’ 12-year 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 400m Individual Medley as well as 200m Individual Medley, 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.
“They are all excited and raring to win medals for our country. It’s a bit cold right now here in Canada but they’re used to competing in this kind of weather condition just like in Japan,” said PSL-Swimming Pinas delegation head Joan Melissa Mojdeh.
Joining Mojdeh and Talosig in the team are Francisco Cordero III (boys’ 13-year), Lia Patrizia Pabellon (girls’ 10-year), Saira Janelle Pabellon (girls’ 11-year) and Jie Angela Talosig (girls’ 12-year).
Cordero will see action in 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke while Lia Patrizia will compete in 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke events.
Saira Janelle competes in 200m IM, 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, and Jie Angela participates in 50m breaststroke, 200m IM, 50m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.
“We want to dedicate this campaign for coach Susan Papa. We want to bring good news to her when we get back to Manila next week,” added Mojdeh.
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