2 Mindanao swim wonder eyed to nat?l team

PSC Commissioner Leon "Binggoy" Montemayor, who hails from Davao City, said PASA chief Mark Joseph is "interested" to acquire General Santos City swim wonder Nikita Dacera, 15, and Panabo City swimming sensation Emmanuel Plasabas, 16.

Montemayor said Nikita's father-coach Harry Dacera, a former swimmer himself, has already agreed to loan his multi-titled son to the national team.

Dacera, a freestyle specialist and Plasabas, an amazing breaststroke swimmer, were part of the 32 discoveries that are hoped to be developed to carry the country’s colors in future international commitments recently named by PASA after the National Age Group Swimming championship last month.

The two stamped their might class in the recently concluded 2007 Palarong Pambansa, winning gold medals in their respective events.

Last year, Dacera, a student of Notre Dame College of Dadiangas, broke three Philippine juniors records – 200m, 400m and 1, 500m freestyle while competing in the 30th Southeast Asian Age-Group Swimming Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Boosting his resume, Dacera won five gold medals for Team Mindanao-Philippines – 200m free, 200m back, 200m fly, 400m free and 1, 500m free – in last year's Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Association Games held in Makassar City, Indonesia.

Dacera and Plasabas anchored Team Mindanao-Philippines to bag two silver medals in the 4×100 and 4×400 relay events during the four-nation biennial meet.