Iligan City rules swimming competition

By Marianne L. Saberon

MATI, Davao Oriental -- Iligan City turned the swimming pool into a virtual gold mine, capturing 14 golds, nine silvers and nine bronzes to successfully defend its over-all crown in the 3rd Mindanao Games swimming competition at the Mati Centennial Sports Complex here.

The Iligan tankers showed their might in the last day of the event Wednesday by snatching six golds and three silvers to edge arch-rival Davao City.

The swimmers from the City of Durian collected 10 golds, 13 silvers and seven bronzes to place a distant second. The performance was a disappointing one for the Davao swim team which predicted a 20-gold medal output weeks before the Games.

Koronadal even came close of upstaging Davao as it came up with a 10-9-7 finish for third place. Ozamis City was in fourth spot with four golds, three silvers and five bronzes.

Norton Alamara, Arafura Games 1999 and 2001 gold medallist, won two more golds -- the men's 50 backstroke and 200 breaststroke -- while Corinna Denise Rosete added one gold in women's 100 freestyle.

"Two more golds in the final day, that's all I promised. I'm very tired and exhausted. I've already pushed myself too hard with the 13 events I'm entered in. I already knew beforehand I could not sweep it all," said Alamara, who will spend time with his family in Davao after the Games before going back to Manila next month.

Alamara, a member of the Philippine Air Force swimming team, was Davao's most be-medalled tanker with five individual golds and one relay gold (400 freestyle), four individual silvers and two relay bronzes (4X100 medley and 800 freestyle relay).

Rosete of St. Scholastica College and now being trained by RP national swimming team Japanese coach Ryuzo Ishikawa, got the 100 freestyle gold and 200 butterfly silver for a total of two individual golds, four silvers and two bronzes.

Holy Cross of Davao College standout Carlo Rodriguez harvested two individual golds, three silvers and one bronze while cousin Julianni had two silvers and one bronze.

The women's team of Rosete, Gianina Gonzalez, Julianni and Analie Rodriguez salvaged the women's 4X100 and 400 freestyle relay event.

Davao City Swimming Association (DCSA) president Deedee Gonzalez earlier predicted a 20-gold output in the third edition of the PGMA Sports for Peace Program authored by Dabawenyo Philippine Sports Commissioner (PSC) William "Butch" Ramirez.


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