At the recent Asian Open Schools Invitational Aquatics Championships, held March 3-5 in Bangkok, Thailand, swimming prodigy Pia Severina Magat had an amazing performance by capturing seven gold medals in the 7 and under category for girls.
The five-year-old swimmer from St. Joseph’s School of Novaliches, Quezon City was awarded the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) trophy for her victories in the 50m freestyle (59.56 seconds), 50m backstroke (57.91), 50m butterfly (1:19.34), 50m breaststroke (1:29.45), 100m freestyle (2:12.45), 100m backstroke (2:09.12), and 100m breaststroke (3:15.23) races.
In all seven events, she defeated Maitreyi Yenneti of India (silver) and Shami Sharma of Maldives (bronze).
Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of the Behrouz Elite Swimming Team (BEST) reached the quarterfinals of the 100-meter butterfly at the 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Peru in 2017.
Galvin Cayanan shared the spotlight with Magat, as he won the MOS award for boys under 7 years old after collecting three gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.
Kyla Louise Bulaga was the top performer in the 12- to 13-year-old girls category after winning the 200- and 400-meter Individual Medley and freestyle races.
She also won three silver medals (200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke, and 4x50m medley relay) and three bronze medals (200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke, and 4x50m medley relay) (50m and 100m butterfly, and 4x100m freestyle relay).
Ryiah Zach Belen won two gold medals (50m and 100m backstroke), one silver medal (200m backstroke), and one bronze medal (100m freestyle). Gerice Oyaman won one silver medal (4x50m medley relay) and two bronze medals (50m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay) (4x50m medley relay and 4x100m freestyle relay).
Riannah Coleman (1 gold, 2 silvers, 5 bronzes), Fritz Gabriele Espero (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronzes), Samantha Gabuni (1 gold, 2 bronzes), Sara Santiago (2 bronzes), Angel Magdalene Gabuni (2 bronzes), Gerald Cayanan (1 bronze), and Dwayne Angele Gabuni (1 bronze) were the other medalists from the Philippines (1 bronze).
At the three-day competition, 989 swimmers competed for 57 teams from 14 nations. The Philippines placed third.
Ancheta, Philbert Papa, and Rolando Sarmiento Dela Cruz served as team managers for the national team, which also included coaches Dax Timbol Halili, Joel Cabrera, Alfritzh Carlo Espero, Alfred Galano, Joy Galano, Isagani Corpuz, Bryan Estipona, Elaine Babiera, and Rossbnor Antuy.
The National Capital Region leg of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Swim Series, featuring Class A, B, C, and D categories, will be held at the Muntinlupa Aquatic Complex on March 11. The scheduled dates for the Visayas leg are March 18-19 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
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