Killer Whales for the win

National and Junior National Short Course Swimming Championships 2022


Killer Whale Aquatics were crowned both the overall Men’s and Women’s National Champions at the National & Junior National Short Course Swimming Championships 2022.

The 5-day competition came to an end today, wrapping up the aquatic calendar of 2022. The Long Course National Champions Sri Lanka Army and Visakha Vidyalaya finished as Runners-up, while Junior Long Course Champions Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya and St. Joseph’s College remained unchanged in the Short Course.

Visakha Vidyalaya and Trinity College, Kandy finished 2nd in the Junior category.

Additionally, the Individual National Championships were won by Ramudi Samarakoon of Killer Whale Aquatics and Akalanka Peiris of the Sri Lanka Army. Samarakoon triumphed with her exceptional performance of establishing 3 new National Short Course records, while Peiris conquered his win with a stunning record in the 100m Individual Medley event.

The Junior Championships were owned by Neoma Kahandawa of Killer Whale Aquatics and M. F. Muhammad of Zahira College. Neoma put her name in the record books for her 100m Individual Medley and 200m Breaststroke swims. At the same time, Muhammad established a new Junior Short Course record in the 200m Breaststroke event.

At the end of 5 days, the Isipathana pool was full of new records – 16 individual records and 10 relay records.

Junior National Short Course Records –

Neoma Kahandawa of Killer Whale Aquatics 

Girls 100m Individual Medley – 1:12.32

Girls 200m Breaststroke – 2:54.86

Adeetha Siriwardena of Wesley College

Boys 50m Backstroke – 28.47

Boys 100m Backstroke – 1:00.98

Boys 200m Backstroke – 2:15.88

Sithuki Yonara of Asian International School

Girls 800m Freestyle – 10:11.80

Sasmitha Wattarantenna of St. Joseph’s College

Boys 800m Freestyle – 9:36.16

Vihanga Caldera of St. Peter’s College

Boys 200m Butterfly – 2:18.87

M.F. Muhammad of Zahira College

Boys 200m Breaststroke – 2:34.94

Chanudi Kumarapperuma of I Gate College

Girls 100m Butterfly – 1:09.43

National Short Course Records –

Ramudi Samarakoon

Women 50m Breaststroke – 33.28

Women 100m Breaststroke – 1:12.32

Women 1500m Freestyle – 19:17.21

Dilanka Shehan of Sri Lanka Army

Men 800m Freestyle – 8:35.24

Akalanka Peiris of Sri Lanka Army

Men 100m Individual Medley – 56.49

Meet Records –

Ganga Senevirathne of Visakha Vidyalaya

Women 50m Backstroke – 29.61

It was a Killer Whale domination from the first race and throughout the meet, with them owning 9 new records and all 10 golds in both Men and Women relays.