Mahamaya sets eye on the plum
By S.M.D. Sirisena

Devinka Gunatilleke of Bishop’s College on her way to win the under 15 200 meters free style. Piuc by Dinuka Liyanawatte.

Mahamaya BV Kandy is in a strong position to win the championship title at the 33rd Sri Lanka Schools Swimming and Diving Championships 2006 which concludes at the Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Pool today.

When the third day of the meet ended yesterday Mahamaya had collected 326 points and were way ahead of Musaeus who had collected 144. In third place were Visakha with 95.

Royal College overtook Ananda at the end of the third day, scoring 191 points thus pushing Ananda to second slot with 177 points. The fight between these two schools is far from over as the third day looms today.

Ananda with a strong contingent of swimmers could push Royal off the pedestal. Trinity College Kandy, who has been recording some good wins at swimming meets in recent times, is not far behind. The Trinitians have secured 171 points and are in third place. The Kandy lads too could take top spot depending on their performance on the final day of the meet today.
Altogether ten records were lowered when the meet ended on the third day yesterday.

The Mahamaya girls really hit the top with their relay squads. The under 9 medley and free style squad comprising Sanduni Bakmuni, Nimani Abeysekera, Nuwanthi Dayananda, Nithmini Warnasuriya and Thanushka Bokalamulla splashed away gleefully to win with ease.

The under 13 girls medley and free style team headed by Madavee Weeratunga set up a record in the 50 metres free style with a time of 51.14.
The other records set up yesterday: Boys 200 metres breaststroke under 13 Pathum Edirisinghe (Ananda) 2: 58.33; 100 metres backstroke under 15 boys Heshan Unamboowe (Trinity) 1:05.40; 50 metres boys under 11 Cherantha de Silva (Ananda) 32: 39; 200 metres under 15 boys Gayan Samarakone (Ananda) 2:11.15.


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