MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — The Houston Filipino Restaurant Swimming League (PSL) copped seven gold, nine silver and one bronze medals on the opening day of the 2018 Tokyo Invitational Swimming Championship on Saturday at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool in Tokyo, Japan.
Palarong Pambansa most bemedalled athlete Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque and Aishel Cid Evangelista of West Manila Christian School led the charge of the squad as they copped two gold medals each in their respective age-groups.
A veteran of international competitions, Mojdeh displayed her prowess in the girls’ 11-12 200m individual medley (IM) via a two-minute, 28.93-second showing, erasing the 2:32.18 old mark of Michelle Peterson in 2016.
Moments later, Mojdeh dominated the 100m breaststroke in 1:17.06, a few seconds better than the 1:19.15 previous record of Peterson.
Not to be outdone was Evangelista, who topped the boys’ 8-under 25m freestyle with a time of 15.79 seconds, breaking the 25-year-old mark (16.16) of Olympian Miguel Molina in 1993.
He also earned a gold in the 50m breaststroke event (45.50) of the tournament participated in by 22 teams including those from China, Taiwan, England, US and host Japan.
Sharing the spotlight was Francisco Cordero, who ruled the boys’ 11-12 100m breaststroke in 1:11.54, smashing the 1:11.91 record of Teo Takahashi in 2011.
Richelle Ann Raine Callera (girls’ 8-under 25m freestyle, 16.39) and Phelicity Bose (girls’ 15-18 200m breaststroke, 2:59.45) added one gold apiece.
“It was a great start for our team, establishing new records against some of the world’s best young swimmers in this competition. We are happy with the outcome and we’re hoping to win more gold medals in the coming days,” said PSL president Susan Papa.
“We would like to thank the Filipino community in Japan especially Myles Beltran and Arnel Punzalan who supported our team all throughout the competition. We are extremely grateful for the help they extended,” added Papa.
Winning silver medals were Niño Owen La Torre in boys’ 15-18 400m IM (4:56.63); Nova Rea Estrada in girls’ 9-10 100m freestyle (1:10.82) and 200m IM (2:56.72); Izyndro Warain in boys’ 9-10 100m freestyle (1:13.92); Jie Angela Talosig in girls’ 11-12 100m freestyle (1:03.84) and 200m IM (2:35.32); Ellaiza Nicole Rojo in girls’ 13-14 100m freetyle (1:04.36); Phency Joyce Bose in girls’ 15-18 100m freestyle (1:06.34); and John Alexander Talosig in boys’ 13-14 100m freestyle (56.47); while Warain also got a bronze in the 100m IM (2:54.63).