Davao tankers shine in BPinoy Mindanao leg


Samantha Cambronero grabbed four gold medals in the pool as Davao City dominated swimming in Day 2 of the 2013 Batang Pinoy Mindanao qualifying leg at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Center in Tagum City.

The 15-year-old from Precious International School of Davao began her string of victories in the girls’ 13-15 50-meter breaststroke where Cambronero clocked 38.61 seconds to defeat Dana Izabel Rivera of Iligan City (39.68) and fellow Davaoeña Ryle Coleen Regidor (42.48).

A five-time Palarong Pambansa participant, Cambronero also won the 200m breast (3:02.14) and 50m butterfly (35.31) before leading Davao City’s triumphant effort in the 200m medley relay.

Joining forces with Pia Alissandra Ballos, Hakura Jade Shimizu and Sheanetelle Fox, Cambronero’s team clocked 2:26.26 to beat Kabacan, North Cotabato (2:40.18) and General Santos City (2:43.33).

Also delivering for Davao City were Katrina Nicole Aguelo, Fritz Rodriguez and Fox, who captured three gold medals each in the talent-search program of the Philippine Sports Commission for aspiring national team athletes 15 years old and below.

Aguelo anchored Davao’s 15-and-under 200m freestyle relay and added the 100m free and 200m free in her individual collection while Fox also shone in the girls’ 11-12 200m and 400m free aside from helping Cambronero in the 200m medley relay.

Rodriguez won the boys’ 12 and under 50m breast, 200m breast and was the last swimmer in the 200m medley relay for boys’ 15 and under.

Overall, Davao City pocketed 19 gold medals yesterday in the pool with Rey Jacob Alino, Cedric Fox, Zoe Marie Hilario, Juan Antonio Mendoza and Chyll Bea Amparo squeezing in two victories each.

Also pulling off double-golden efforts were Gwynyth Kate Dagaojes of General Santos City, Surigao del Norte’s Kent Cagape and Czaree Pospia and Ginoog City’s Martin Jacob Pupos.

Sprinter John Kenneth Nodos became the fastest runner in the week-long meet after winning the boys’ 100m dash over Fereboy Kasi of South Cotabato. Both finished the race in a dead heat (11.6 seconds) but finish line judges decided to award the gold to Nodos.

Nodos joined provincemate Christine Joy Jorban with three gold medals following a scintillating performance in the 400m and the boys’ 4x100m.

Jorban, who earlier won the girls’ long jump, seized two more gold medals yesterday in the triple jump and led GenSan’s golden effort in the 4x100m relay.


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