Visakha Vidyalaya and St. Joseph’s College stood untouched and on top of the leaderboard at the recently concluded 44th National Age Group Swimming Championship held at the iconic Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Complex.

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Out of hundreds of participants, top swimmers from each group were awarded individual honours for their stellar performances and most points in their respective age groups.

However, it was Aniqah Ghafoor who stood out this year, finishing the meet as the highest point scorer in her age group (48). She took home gold in the 100m Fly, 100m Free, 50 Fly and 200 Fly events and topped it off with a silver place finish in the 50m Freestyle event.

Just behind Ghafoor was Gayathmi Wijerathne dominating the Individual Medleys, with two golds and two silver place finishes. She won the 200m and 400m IM Relays along with two silver medals in the 100m and 400m Freestyle events.

A top performer in the Schools Championship, Nabashie Perera of Sirimavo Bandaranaike was also among the top performers in the Girls U15 category. Perera managed three 2nd place finishes in the 50m, 100m, & 200m Butterfly and one third place finish in the 50m Free.

Another star from the Schools Championship, Chris Pavithra of Lyceum International Wattala claimed five championships in the U15 category. 2 Gold medals in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke along with three 2nd place wins in the 50m Breast, 100m Free and 50m Freestyle were among his accolades.

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Ramudi Samarakoon of Visakha Vidyalaya conqured the Girls U17 age group with three Gold medals to her name in the 50m Breast, 100m Breast and 100m Freestyle. She also bagged Silver in the Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle.

Visakhian Ganga Seneviratne joined schoolmate Ramudi in the winning parade grabbing two Gold medals in the 100m and 200m Backstroke. She claimed 2nd in the 100m Free, 200m Free and 50m Backstroke.

With five Gold medals, young Amodhya Dulshan of Nalanda College finishes the 44th National Age Group Swimming Championship as one of the best performing swimmers. He dominated the 50m Back, 100m Back, 100m Fly, 200m Fly and 200m Individual Medley.

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Fellow Anandian, Sandev Senarathne put on a show with 4 1st place wins and one Silver to finish his stint in the championship. Sandev claimed 1st in the 100m Fly, 100m Free, 50m Fly and 50m Freestyle. His Silver came in the 200m Butterfly.

In the senior category, Gavin Karunanayake of British International School shone bright in the Boys U20 age group. Gold in the 200m Butterfly, Silver in the 200m IM and 400m IM and a Bronze in the 100m Butterfly, Karunanayake had a good run in the event.

In the Girls U20 category, Sandu Savidi of Visakha Vidyalaya claimed 2 first place finishes in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly events. Commonwealth record breaker, Dilrukshi Perera of Hillwood College Kandy was her competition.

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Perera mirrored Savidi’s performances by claiming 2 Golds in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly.  Her only Silver medal came in the 50m Freestyle event.

Visakha Vidyalaya took home the Girls Overall Team Championship with 333 points, beating out Lyceum International Wattala who settled in second place with 307 points.

15 time Schools Champions; St. Joseph’s College remained untouchable with a whopping 502.5 points taking home the Boys Overall Team Championship. Ananda College fell far behind in second place with 271 points.

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