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Visakha swimmers set to dethrone Mahamaya girls

Musaeus College’s Liyara Gunapala (left) and Ramidu Samarakoon from Visakha Vidyalaya compete in the breaststroke at the Milo Sri Lanka Schools Swimming Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium pool in Colombo yesterday. (Pic by Saman Mendis)
Musaeus College’s Liyara Gunapala (left) and Ramidu Samarakoon from Visakha Vidyalaya compete in the breaststroke at the Milo Sri Lanka Schools Swimming Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium pool in Colombo yesterday. (Pic by Saman Mendis)

Visakha Vidyalaya is set to break the unbeaten record of 20 years held by Mahamaya College as they finished on top on the fourth day of the 46th Milo All Island Schools Swimming Championship worked off at the Sugathadasa pool complex yesterday.

Visakha have gathered 348 points while defending champs Mahamaya had only 294 points at the end of the fourth day. Srimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya are placed third with 233 points.

It was a Joe-Pete battle for top place in the event for boys. However, after a day of magnificent performances in the pool the Joes are back to being top dogs by a comfortable margin.

St. Joseph’s College continued their dominance in the boys category and secured 330 points while St. Peter’s College are in second place with 268.5 points. Ananda College is placed third with 200 points.

Six records were established on the fourth day with Visakha setting three of them.

Sandu Savini registered her third meet record in the U-20 400m freestyle event when she clocked 4m 56.00 seconds. The previous record was set by Ishani Senanayake of Srimavo Bandaranaike in 2013.

International medallist Ramudi Samarakoon established two records bettering on her own records in the U-18 50m breast stroke event clocking 34.90 seconds and the 200m breast stroke event in 2m 52.19 seconds.

Deva Rashmi of Lyceum College Wattala established a new meet record in the girls U-18 400 Freestyle with a time of 4m 55.03 seconds. The previous record was set by Uththama Silva of Mahamaya in 2016.

Hiruki de Silva of Gateway College Colombo set a new record in the girls U-16 100 metres Freestyle event with a time of 1m 03.09 seconds. This record was held by Ganga Seneviratne of Visakha.

The only record among the boys was established by star swimmer Sandev Senaratne of Ananda College when he clocked 57.12 seconds in the U-18 100m butterfly event.

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