FILIPINO-British swimming protégé Heather White led the five-man Swim League Philippines-Behrouz Elite Swimming Team impressive campaign at the start of the 2022 Middle East Open and Junior Swimming Championships on Saturday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The 14-year-old White won the gold medal in the girls 12 & over 100-meter butterfly in a time of 1:04:60 against the junior standout from powerhouse England, United States, Japan, China, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and South Korea.
From long training abroad in preparation for the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) National Championship on February 25-27– part of tryouts for the National Team for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam — White expressed readiness as she also clinched two silver medals in the 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle and bronze in the 50-meter backstroke.
White submitted a time of 29.57 seconds on the 50-meter fly while taking a time of 1: 00.70 on the 100-meter free, before finishing third in the 50-m backstroke with a time of 32.74.
“We’re very elated with the performance of our swimmers. Against the best junior standout from Europe, our athletes proved that they are no pushovers, “ said Joan Mojdeh, SLP-BEST team manager.
Against 16-year-old rivals, Philippine Junior record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh was able to advance to the women’s open class finals of the 100-m butterfly and 200m-butterfly, but the multi-titled internationalist failed to land on the podium.
“Jasmine is still making big adjustments. She is already swimming in 16 and over class so it will be difficult to swim in the Finals especially since the opponents are purely European, ” added Mojdeh.
The 15-year-old Mojdeh is also scheduled to participate in the women’s 50 meters butterfly, 400m individual medley (IM), and 200m breaststroke events.
In the junior 10 and over class, Heather younger sister Hannah White won silver in the girl’s 100-meter freestyle in a time of 1: 16.15 and in the 50-meter fly (39.32), while Jasmine’s younger brother Behrouz Mojdeh won a bronze medal in boys 50-meter butterfly in a time of 34.98.