The All-island National Schools swimming tournament commenced yesterday at the Sugathadasa swimming pool. The tournament comprises of all the top swimmers from all over the nation going head to head to decide a champion.
During day 01 the familiar names in the swimming arena asserted dominance securing gold at most of the events held during the day. Following are a few of the top performers during the day.
B Dilanka Shehan from Nalanda College was placed first in the Under 20 400 LC Meter Freestyle event with a timing of 4:41.46. He also managed to come first in the Under 20 1500 LC Meter Freestyle event with a timing of 19:32.63 dominating the Freestyle events in the boy’s category.
Gihini Nawela from Visakha Vidyalaya also took honors on the first day coming first in the Under 20 400 LC Meter Freestyle event with a timing of 5:25.53 as well as the Under 20 800 LC Meter Freestyle event clocking in at 11:15.95.
Thomali Senivirathna from Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya was placed first in the Under 20 50 LC Meter Breaststroke event with a timing of 40.12. She also came first in the Under 20 200 LC Meter IM clocking in at 3:04.43
L A Lahiru from Lyceum Wattala also had his fair share of wins for the day securing first place in the Under 20 50 LC Meter Breaststroke event with a timing of 33.61. He also secured gold in the Under 20 100 LC Meter Breaststroke event clocking in at 1:14.01.
Taking a look at the younger age categories Visakha continued to dominate thanks to the likes of Sandu Savindi who won the Under 18 LC 100 Meter Butterfly and the 50 LC Meter Freestyle clocking in at 1:09.62 and 28.29 respectively.
At the end of day 01, a majority of the top swimmers have bagged 2 gold medals each at the National Schools swimming tournament held at the Sugathadasa swimming pool. Stay tuned to ThePapare.com for more updates on the event.