St. Joseph’s and Mahamaya fancied to come on top
SWIMMING: Swimmers from St. Joseph’s College, the undisputed
boys champions and Mahamaya College, Kandy the girls champions will go
out firm favourites at the two-day National Pentathlon Swimming
Championships the second major meet conducted of the Sri Lanka Aquatic
Sports Union (SLASU) to be held on May 16 and 17 at the Sugathadasa
According to Nethru Nanayakkara, Media coordinator SLASU, all leading
swimmers have entered for this meet and the swimmers must participate in
all four strokes in addition to the individual medley event. Places are
allotted according to the times returned and the swimmers obtaining the
best timings will be adjudged the winner. The meet is intended for
swimmers who have reached a high standard and are proficient in all four
St. Joseph’s and Mahamaya have performed creditably at the Short
Course National Swimming Championships concluded at Hillwood College,
Kandy pool recently. Furthermore both St. Joseph’s and Mahamaya are the
All-Island Schools Swimming champions. Both schools are expected to go
for repeat performances.
Trinity, Ananda, Royal, S. Thomas’ College and AIS are bound to offer
stiff opposition to St. Joseph’s College in the boys events. In the
girls events, Mahamaya are fancied to retain the title on their swimmers
current excellent form. Ladies College, Musaeus College, Hillwood
College Kandy, Otter AC and British School together with AIS will battle
it out for minor honours.
Good performances are expected from Heshan Unamboowe of Trinity
College who established four Sri Lanka records at the recently concluded
FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships held in Manchester,
London last month and Miniruwani Samarakoon of Gateway International
School, Kandy who set a new Sri Lanka record at the same meet.
The other swimmers to watch are Minoka Karunaratne (AIS), Ashan
Fernando (St. Joseph’s), Dasun Perera (Royal), Machiko Raheem (Otter
AC), Imara Fahim (RAC), Sunethra Wijeratne, Madhavee Weerathunga, Udari
Mendis, Dehara Katiperachchi (all of Mahamaya), Chathuri Abeykoon
(Ladies College), Methma Jayawardena (Musaeus), Shehani Madawela (Ladies
College), Kushan de Silva (S. Thomas’), Yahan Samarajeewa (Royal),
Diluka Thibbotumunuwe (Ananda), Issac Prins (British School), K. S.
Priyadarshana (Sri Lanka Air Force).
The best in both boys and girls in the under-10, under-12, under-14,
under-16, under-19, as well as open will be selected and they will be
awarded special Trophies.
All age groups will comprise a distance of 50 metres for the four
strokes and 200 metres individual medley.
Awarding of points 1st place (10 points), second (7), third (6),
fourth (5), fifth (4), sixth (3), seventh (2) and eighth (1) for overall
Last Year, Trinity College and Mahamaya College emerged overall boys
and girls champions respectively.
The 2007 Pentathlon Champions: Boys: Under-10 - Shortran Rajapakse (AIS),
under-12 - M. Hulangamuwa (Trinity), under-14 - Ali Isphani (AIS),
under-16 - Ben Thomson (British School Colombo), under-19 - Ashane
Fernando (St. Joseph’s College), Open - C. L. B. Wijeratne (Trinity).
Girls: Under-10 - Rukshali Hapugoda (Mahamaya College), under-12 -
Machiko Raheem (Otter AC), under-14 - Gihara Amarasinghe (Southland BV),
under-16 - Miniruwani Samarakoon (GISK), under-19 - Chaturi Weragama
(Girls High School Kandy), Open - Dumini de Silva (NGS).