IN another show of force, the Philippine BEST (Behrouz Elite Swimming Team) collected 15 medals, including seven gold on Friday in Day 2 of fierce rivalry among the country’s promising swimmers at the 2022 PSI Long Course Grand Prix Championship at the world-class New Clark City Aquatics Center in Tarlac.
Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, dubbed the ‘Water Beast’ was again on her elements, leading BEST in another remarkable showing of grit and determination winning the golds in 100-m butterfly and 200-m breast in her age group bracket clocking 1:04.47 and 2:50.03, respectively.
The 16-year-old National junior record holder and lone member in the six-man Philippine delegation who make it in the event’s semifinals in the World Junior Championship last month in Peru, accounted four of the total 13 gold medals won by BEST after two days of action counting her triumph in two events in the opening day on Thursday. Mojdeh also took home silver medals in the 100-m fly (1:03.99), and 400-m free (age group, 4:39; open, 4:44).
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The pride of Brent International School gave BEST the needed boost dominating the 200-m Individual Medley (open and age-group, 2:26.63) on Thursday. She finished second in the 100-m free (1:01.03), 800-m free (9:46.74) and third in 50-m breast (35.53).
Also, during the opening day, swimming protegee Jamesray Ajido mark another milestone as he broke his own record in the 100 Meter Backstroke (11-13 age group) with a timed of 1:03.07. His previous mark of 1:03.28 set last July 17 during the Grand Prix NCR Series Leg 1.
The four-day tournament is part of the selection process of the PSI for the composition of Philippine Team to international competitions such as SEA Age-Group Championship and the Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia where aquatics submitted 35 entry numbers to the organizers.
“Talagang patibayan, halos walang pahinga dahil 12 events yung entry niya. Very, thankful kami sa guidance ni Lord at laging ready and healthy ang aming mga swimmers, and of course sa matiyang pagsasanay ng coaching staff headed by coach Virgie,” said Joan Mojdeh, mother of Jasmine and founder of Swimming League Philippines (SLP).
The Lucena Killerwhale Swimming Team connection of John Neil Paderes, Peter Dean and Julian De Kam also shone, topping their respective events to lift BEST campaign to the medal board.
Paderes, who won the 200-m back (2:11.84) in Day 1, grabbed his third mint with victories in the 50-m back in age group (27.54) and Open (27.00), while Dean, added his triumph in the 50-m back (29.18) on his two previous gold medals in the 200m backstroke (2:18.35) at 200m IM (2:18.47) in the boys’ 14-15 class.
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The 17-year-old De Kam collected his second gold medal, clocking 4:23.85 in the 400-m free. He won the 1500-m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m freestyle age group in Day 1, while Geoffrey Liberato added a gold in the 200-m breast (2:25.99) and bronze medal in the 200-m breast Open (2:26).
Other BEST medalists were Ashby Canlas (silver, 200-m Breast 2:35.93), Coby Rivilla (silver, 100-m fly, 1:01.56); Jules Mirandilla (silver, 100-m fly, 56.64 and bronze, open); Ivan Radovan (bronze, 400-m free , 4:22.96; 100-m fly, 58.36); Boys 4×100 Medley Relay, bronze; John Neil Paderes, Lance Lotino, Jules Mirandilla, and Marcus De Kam. BEST accounted a total medal tally of 13 golds, 11 silver and 12 bronze in two days competition.
The BEST medalists in the opening day were Julian Louwers (gold, 15000m Free 17.44, 14-15 Age group; Bronze 100 Free, 57.88); Marcus Johannes (Bronze, 100 Free 54.44); Coby Rivilla, Bronze 200 IM 2:23.33); Yohan Cabana (Bronze 200 Back 2:17.91); Ivan Radovan (Silver 1500 Free 17:50.75) Zandro Carandang (Bronze 1500 Free 17:53.81) and Zahjeed Sarmiento (Bronze 1500 Free).