September 10, 2019
SINGAPORE: The Behrouz Elite Swimming Team-Philippines will be going home with four medals — two silver and two bronze — at the culmination of the 24th SSC Open Invitational Midget Meet on Monday at the Singapore Sports Club swimming pool here.
Palarong Pambansa qualifier Kiara Acierto led her teammates Rita Dorotea Dimaandal, Bella Aaliyah Fano and Clara Maligat in claiming the second spot in the mixed girls’ 100m medley relay exhibition event (international category).
The quartet finished the relay in one minute and 33.10 seconds.
Acierto, a Dipolog City pride, earlier won one silver and one bronze in the girls’ 9-year division individual events.
The Japan Invitational Swimming Championship Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee took the silver medal in the 25-meter freestyle (15.90) then won another bronze in the 50m butterfly (36.87).
Not to be outdone was Dimaandal who earned a bronze in the girls’ 7-year 25m breaststroke (27.62) of the event that drew more than 500 tankers from strong teams across the region including China, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia and host Singapore.
“It’s still a great campaign. Our swimmers fought hard against strong rivals from powerhouse China and Singapore. Some of them are first timers in international competitions and they are lucky to swim side by side with some of the world’s best junior tankers from the Chinese squad,” said BEST-Philippines delegation head Harold Mohammad Mojdeh.
The other members of the team under coaches Elaine Babiera and Rossbenor Antay who saw action were Behrouz Mohammad Mojdeh (boys’ 8-year), Hugh Alberto Parto (boys’ 9-year), Matthew Lopez (boys’ 9-year) and Winston Taggs (boys’ 7-year).
“We want to give them proper exposure as early as possible to let them experience competing at an international level. It’s totally different from our local tournaments in the Philippines in terms of competitiveness,” added Mojdeh.
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