Divers shine anew

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Saturday, May 24, 2014


DAVAO City divers are still top of the class, no doubt about it. Sweeping all seven gold medals in the just-concluded 2014 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games diving competition at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila just proved they are still the best in the country.

CesielSimenaDomenios, who hails from Panacan, clinched three golds in women's one-meter springboard, three-meter springboard and 10m platform events. Her younger sister Rizza Jane settled for three silvers in same three events while Hazel Bernadette Abiera copped three bronzes.

Olympian Rexel Ryan Fabriga defended his men's 10m platform gold over DxismenDumaguit and AnjoeLoberanes who copped the silver and bronze, respectively. Fabriga bagged his second gold by pairing with Loberanes in men's 10m synchronized platform to beat the tandems of Dumaguit and Deorelar Francisco and Brian Antonio and John Lawrence Cortez.

Niño Carog also annexed two golds. He bested Olympian ZardoDomenios and John ElmersonFabriga in men's three-meter springboard. Carog, Domenios and Fabriga also grabbed the first three spots of the men's one-meter springboard.

It can be recalled that DabawenyosRexel Ryan, Sheila Mae Perez, Carog, siblings Zardo and CesielDomenios and the rest of the national diving team didn't compete in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
Without exposure and training abroad, the divers may again miss the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Rexel Ryan said, "Hindi ponamin sure kung makakapunta kami dun (Asian Games). Walanaman pong problemasa coach kulanglangngkagamitansa diving gym at exposure."

It's been awhile that the national divers competed internationally as they have been relegated to playing in the annual national games. Most of them also engaged in cliff diving just to while away time as diving events are scarce.

The three-time PNG champion Rexel Ryan, 28, yesterday said young divers from Davao are following their footsteps and may soon reap honors in international competitions.

Multiple SEA Games gold medalist Perez, of Sasa, also said in a past chat, "Nagdevelopmigmgabatadiringa divers, Davao pudgikanperopatayjudang sports karondiri so sayangkaayo potential samgabata (We've been training young Davao divers but it's a pity that they can't maximize their full potentials)."

Carog, for his part, kept asking about getting incentives from the city government.

"Walapobakaming incentives dyansaDabaw," Carog inquired, hoping that their native city will also give them due recognition for their recent feats.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 25, 2014.

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