Visakha Vidyalaya and St. Joseph’s College bagged the overall titles with a huge lead in the Pentathlon Swimming Championships 2018, held in the Sugathadasa Stadium from 3rd to 5th of May.
A Pentathlon is a meet consisting of five different events for each contestant. The Pentathlon Swimming Championships held in Sri Lanka, comprises the events of 50m Butterfly stroke, 50m Back stroke, 50m Breast stroke followed by 50m Freestyle and finally a 200m Individual Medley. The swimmers competed in the age categories of under 11, under 13, under 15, under 18 and 18 and over. According to the Education Ministry regulations only children 13 years and above are given placings and thus the overall championships was determined only from under 15, under 18 and 18 and over age groups. Swimmers under the age of 13 were only certified as to whether they attained the minimum qualifying standard.
In the boys’ category St. Joseph’s College scored a sweeping total of 40 points advancing from last year’s 34 points. This was followed by Lyceum International School Nugegoda with 22 points and Ananda College with 21 points respectively. St. Joseph’s College has maintained their status quo for several years now, establishing their position in the swimming arena.
Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo won the girls overall championships with 39 points climbing up 2 positions from last year’s where they were 2nd runners up, while Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya earned a total of 33 points followed by Lyceum International School Nugegoda scoring 17 points. Lyceum International School Nugegoda earned places in both male and female categories, whilst Lyceum International School Wattala, who emerged champions in the girls’ school category as well as holding the second place in boys’ school category last year, showed poor performances this year.