Swimming internationalist Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh pulled off another sterling performance in her budding career, winning six gold medals in another record-rampaging campaign in the recently concluded 2019 Age-Group Champs Swim Meet in Tokyo, Japan.
Mojdeh, the country’s newest swimming sensation and top aqua lass of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) in the girls 11-12 division, ruled the 100-meter breaststroke (1:18.34), 100m butterfly (1:04.72), 200m Individual Medley (2:30.77), 100m Individual Medley (1:10.19), 50m butterfly (39.70) and 200m freestyle (2:13.01), all area records.
But her performance in the 200m freestyle is the most underrated considering that the event is the least on her favorites.
“Medyo mataas pa nga po ang mga time niya dahil siguro po pagod na dahil panglimang tournament nap o niya ito this year. Pero talagang marami siyang ginulat sa 200m freestyle. Hindi naman niya ito madalas languyin kaya nang matalo niya yung mga lehitimong free styler, nasabi na lang nila na very good strategy daw,” said Mojdeh’s mother Joan, who served as team manager of the PSL Team sent here through the initiative of PSL president Susan Papa with the help of Filipino-Japanese community in Tokyo.
Last month, the 12-year old Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque standout bagged eight gold medals and set seven meet records in the Beijing All-Star Swimming Championships at the Water Cube – the pool where American Michael Phelps re-wrote history by winning eight gold medals in 2008 Beijing Olympic.
Mojdeh, a medal prospect in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games this November if given a chance to join the Philippine Team, set meet records in the girls 11-12 division in 200-meter fly (2:17.89), 200m individual medley (2:25.68), 200m breaststroke (2:43.51), 100mbutterfly (1:04.67), 100m IM (1:09.85), 50m butterfly (29.41) at 50m breaststroke (36:13).
Her eighth gold came from the girl’s 11-12 division 100m breaststroke (1.17.77).
“We keep our finger cross na sana po matuloy yung nabalitaan namin na magpapatawag ang POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) ng national tryouts para sa lahat ng swimmers regardless of affiliation,” said Joan.
The Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) is the current swimming association both recognized by the POC and the International Swimming Federation (PSI)
Mojdeh, the Palarong Pambansa most bemedalled athlete, also owned a Philippine national junior record in the 100m butterfly in timed of 1 minute and 4.71 seconds during the 152nd PSL National Series, shattering her own mark of 1:05.10 established during the SICC Swimming Championship last August in Singapore.