Dipolog honor student dominates Mindanao regional swim meet
Dipolog City’s Leano Vince Dalman proudly shows off the five swimming golds that the won in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Regionals at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletic Sports Complex pool in Oroquieta City.
Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental – Dipolog City swimmer Leano Vince Dalman capped his campaign on a golden note, completing a 5-for-5 sweep in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Regionals here Friday.
Resuming where he left off, Dalman added boys 12-and-under 100 meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly stroke golds in times of one minute and 14.44 seconds and 31.53, seconds, respectively, in sweeping all of his five individual events at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletic Complex pool.
“I was not expecting this. I offer these (golds) to God and my parents,” said Dalman, a consistent honor student at the Dipolog Pilot Demonstration Special Science Elementary School, of his glittering individual performance.
The boy earlier won the boys 12-under 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley and 50-meter backstroke titles in the competition co-hosted by the Oroquieta City government led by Mayor Jason Almonte.
Dalman, who looks up to American swimming sensation Michael Phelps, bared that he was not racing in the relays “so I can give my other teammates a chance of competing.”
Sharing the swimming spotlight with Dalman were Dipolog City teammate Kiara Ramielle Eroy and Cotabato Province’s Angela Mikaela Talosig, who boosted their tallies to three golds each.
Eroy picked up a pair of mints in the girls 12-under 100-meter back stroke (1:19.56) and 50-meter butterfly stroke (32.64) while Talosig copped her third straight individual gold in topping the girls 12-under 200-meter breast stroke (3:03.40).
Koronadal City’ Trixia Nicole Paloma and Davao City’s Julianna Marie Villanueva and Thea Diane Canda also garnered their raised their hauls to three golds each after their respective events in the day.
Paloma topped the girls 13-15 100-meter back stroke (1:13.57) Villanueva the girls 13-15 400-meter freestyle (4:46.91) and Canda the girls 12-under 400-meter freestyle (4:52.89).
Meanwhile Zamboanga City’s Albert Jose Villaces and Aleah Callejo of Koronadal City emerged as the fastest runners halfway through.
Just a stone’s throw from the swimming venue, Villaces and Callejo won close races in ruling the boys and girls 100-meter dash at the MOPAC oval in the grassroots sportsfest organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and hosted by Misamis Occidental provincial government led by Gov. Herminia Ramiro.
A Grade 7 student at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Villaces accelerated in the last 10 meters to win in a time of 11.5 seconds, edging out Mark Dave Manaba of General Santos City (11.7) and South Cotabato’s Ryan Jay Pedregosa (11.8), who took the silver and bronze, respectively.
On the other hand, Callejo picked up steam in the last 50 meters in ruling the girls 100-meter dash in 13.05 seconds, staving off the challenges of silver medalist Rani Dedios of General Santos City (13.1) and Davao del Norte bronze medalist Hazel Jean Guibone (13.2).
“Hindi ko po inaasahan na mananalo po ako kaya napakasaya ko,” said Villaces, who swept the 100 and 200-meter runs on top of a silver in the 400-meter race in the boys elementary division of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa held in Legazpi, Albay.
“Last Batang Pinoy ko na po ito kaya maligaya ako. Natupad ko ang pangako sa mga magulang ko na may mauuwi akong (ginto),” said a teary-eyed Callejo, 15, of the promise she fullfilled to her stay-at-home father and mother, a nanny in London.
Aside from qualifying for the Batang Pinoy Nationals in Baguio City in September, the Grade 8 student from the Koronadal Comprehensive National High School revealed that she would get a P5,000 cash incentive from the Koronadal city government for her feat.
Both Villaces and Callejo were seeking to complete a sprint golden double in the 200-meter dash later in the afternoon.
Melvin Sade Desuyo of General Santos City cleared 1.65 meters in securing the 13-15 boys high jump gold in the only other finals event in track and field in the morning.
After four days of action, emerging Mindanao sports powerhouse Davao del Norte showed the way in the overall medal standings with 23 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals as of 3 p.m. yesterday. Nipping at its heels was Zamboanga City (20-3-10) in second place while Koronadal City was in third spot (16-14-13).