Visakha Vidyalaya steps up day 2 of the 45th Milo All Island School Swimming Championship with 4 thundering records; Defending champions St. Joseph’s College cannot be moved from the boy’s top spot.

Photos: 45th All Island Schools Aquatic Championship – Day 2

Day 2 of the Championship ended with title second-runners Visakha Vidyalaya shining with 4 new meet records added to their 3 from day 1. Ramudi Samarakoon and Ganga Senevirathne contributed generously to the record tally and Visakha Vidyalaya currently stand tall with 7 Meet records in the span of 2 days.

14-year old swimming sensation Ganga Senevirathne knocked Olympian Kimiko Raheem out of the park by ousting 2 of Raheem’s records in the 2 days of competition. Senevirathne’s record breaking performance in the 200m Backstroke yesterday was complicated by her final timing in the 100m Freestyle event. She clocked in 1:03.51 minutes to Raheem’s 1:03.89 minutes set in 2013.

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Ramudi Samarakoon made it all about herself  in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke events clocking record breaking timings. Setting the 100m Breaststroke record yesterday, she swam a 36.53 second and a 2:56.17 minutes to book her third record in two days.

Visakha Vidyalaya dominated the Girls Under 19 400m Freestyle Medley beating a record set by Ladies College in 2016 (4:49.22min). Janethree Kulawardana, Dasuni Udugama, Gihini Nawela and Sandu Savindi teamed up to a time of 4:46.12minutes, beating the record comfortably.

Ananda College clocked in their second record for the meet with Sandev Senaratna coughing up 58.91 seconds in the U-17 100m Butterfly event. Teammate Shenon Abisek finished close behind in second, also above par, of the previous record, clocking 59.25 seconds. Previous record was set by Ushan Gunarathna with 59.79 seconds in 2016.

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Shenali Herath of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya secured 2 more medals, a gold and a silver, adding to her record breaking performance in the U-19 50m Butterfly. She clocked in 3:02.89 in the 200m coming in first and clocked 1:16.77 minutes in the 100m Fly to finish 2nd.

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Similarly, Josephian, Shevinda De Silva managed to bag 2 golds and 1 silver for his alma mater. Coming in second to Santhusha Mallawantantri in the U-17 100m Back stroke, he reclined in the 50m and 200m Back events. He clocked 2:16.93 minutes and 28.58 seconds respectively.

Setting the Boys U-19 100m Breaststroke record yesterday, K.C Dalpandu of Ananda College went on to win 2 more golds today in the 50m and 200m Breast finals. He clocked 31.62 seconds in the 50m and finished with a time of 2:44.44 minutes in the 200m final.

Despite the brilliant performances in this year’s championship, Visakha Vidyalaya (281) still trail behind reigning champions Mahamaya Girls College Kandy (367) by 86 points. Ladies College hangs on to 3rd place at the end of day 2 with 164 points.

Royal College has toppled the second-place finishers of day 1, Ananda College, to finish second in the running with 206 points. Ananda College led Royal College by a mere 4 points yesterday, allowing Royal to play catch up which they successfully did so. St. Joseph’s College still hold top spot with a commanding lead over Royal College, totaling a 326 at the end of day 2.

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