Musaeus College, Colombo and the swim team from Sri Lanka Army dominated the Girls’ and Boys’ Intermediate Age Group Swimming Championships, which took place from the 21st – 23rd June at the Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Complex.

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This years’ event attracted 54 schools and club teams from the girls’ category while 63 teams participated in the boys’ category. The event showcased talent from the Under 13 age group to the open 17 & Over event.

2017 runners-up, Musaeus College secured gold with a first-place overall score of 247 at the end of the tourney. 45th All Island Schools Swimming Runner-ups and defending intermediate champions Visakha Vidyalaya suffered a devastating loss, going down to Musaeus by a mere 2-point gap (245 points.)

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Sri Lanka Army stepped up their game to retain the championship in the boys’ category by a comfortable margin of 204 points to overtake 15-time School’s Swimming Champions, St. Joseph’s College. Army gathered up 438 points at the end of day 3 while St. Joseph’s managed 234.

Musaeus College’s biggest achievements came in the Freestyle and Breaststroke events in the junior categories. They claimed gold in the Girls’ U11 200m Freestyle, Girls’ U13 50m Backstroke and the U17 50m,100m Free along with the 50m Breaststroke events.

Sri Lanka Army’s only strong suit, Boys 17 & Over, proved quite successful to the defending champions. They were able to bag 12 first place finishes all in this age group. Their star swimmer B.L Abeyrathne snatched up 3 gold medals in the long-range Freestyle events – 200m Free (2:20.47min), 400m Free (5:01.97min) and 1500m Free (20:39.89min).

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W.A Nilki of Royal Institute finished on top in 4 of the Girls’ U13 events. She swam the 200m Individual Medley in 3:08.86 min and the 100m Breaststroke in 1:36.79 min. She also excelled in the 100m and 200m Freestyle events clocking 1:16.10min and 2:50.58 min respectively. Despite these achievements, Royal Institute could only manage a 15th place finish in the overall standings.

The Boys’ U13 Fly and Free events were dominated by Maleesha Fonseka, representing the Sinhalese Sports Club. He secured the 100m and 50m Fly events with timings of 1:24.11min and 36.13secs respectively. Fonseka swam 100m Free in 1:09.96minutes while his final gold came in the 200m Free for his impressive timing of 2:35.42 minutes.

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Himash Harshana of Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya belted 3 golds and 1 silver to his name in the Boys’ U15 category. He topped the list in the 200m IM (2:50.19min), 100m Free (1:05.59min) and in the 200m Free (2:24.24min). His silver place finish came in the 200m Butterfly event with a timing of 2:54.96minutes.

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