Bishops and S. Thomas’ win U-16 championships

26th Rowing Nationals

By Shamseer Jaleel

S. Thomas’ and Ladies College ‘A’ registered a win each in the morning session, at the 26th National Rowing Championships conducted by the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka, continued at the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club yesterday.

The Thomians and the Ladies College Girls won the Under 16 age group events. Sculler Ramith Nanayakkara who finished the course in 8.48mts beat Bolgoda Lake Club’s Aaron John (second) and Anandian Shriwanth Kathalawala (third).

For the Ladies College ‘A’ team it was the doubles pair of Dharnin Samarasinghe and Ashani Welikala who came up with a timing of 9.51mts to take the first position. In the second place in their Pairs event were Mariam Omar and Amashi De Mel of Bishop’s College ‘A’ who had a timing of 9.58mts while the Ladies “B” team pair of Anisha Gunasekera and Anishka Gomesz took the third place.

In the over 19 women’s fours event the University of Colombo team comprising Maryam Noordeen, Anne Jayaweera, Chamali Anuththara, Tharinidi Penduwawala and Dilini Jayasekera beat the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club ‘A’ team, which had the names of Niroshini Wanigasooriya, Schithra Jayathilake, Laura Prakarama, Thejana Gunasekera and Sanjeevani Kularatne. The University of Colombo ladies finished the course with a timing of 9.21mts.

In the over 19 men’s fours event, which was worked off in the morning session, Sri Lanka Air Force “A” team, who finished with a timing 7.13mts, won the event. The Air Force fours team comprised Sajith Batagolla, Udayanga Ransinghe, Gamini Hewage, T Tharanaga and G Dassanyake..

Over all in the under 16 age group Bishops College won the trophy. While Under 16 School event was won by Musaeus College. In the Boy's under 16 school segment St Thomas Mount Lavinia powered their way through while their rivals Royal College won the over all trophy for the same age group.

Royal seniors also showed their class by winning the under 19 event. In the over 19 year event University of Colombo were the champions. Over 19 opens over all was won by the Sri Lanka Air Force. Mobitel were the main sponsors of the championships.

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