The swimmers of Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre (681 points) and Dolphin Aquatics (232 points) emerged Overall Champions respectively in the Junior and Sub-Junior sections of the Karnataka State Sub-Junior and Junior Aquatic Championships conducted by the Mysore District Swimming Association (MDSA) at the University Swimming Pool here that concluded yesterday.
Rachana S.R. Rao, a 9th standard student of Ramakrishna School, Mangaluru (Mangala Swimming Club) hogged the limelight on the final day by erasing a 25-year-old record set by Sajini Shetty (BAC, 2:52.70, 1993), in the group II girls 200m backstroke event in the heats with a timing of 2:47.45. She went on to win the gold later in the evening with a timing of 2:48.17. She also emerged as the Individual Champion in her group with 1028 points.
Srihari Natraj (BSRC) produced yet another splendid performance in the pool on the final day with a new meet record of 1:54.73, in the 200m freestyle event. He erased the previous National record timing of 1:54.90 set by Virdhawal Khade in 2008 and also rewrote the State record timing of 1:56.30 set by Aaron D’souza (BAC) in 2009. Srihari also won the Individual title in the Group I boys section with 1035 points.
Results [Winners only]
Group I — 200m Breaststroke: P. Kushal (BSRC, 2:40.14); 100m Butterfly: Srihari Natraj (BSRC, 57.78); 200m Freestyle: Srihari Natraj (BSRC, National Record, 1:54.73 – Old NR: Virdhawal Khade, 1:54.90,2008, State Record, OR, Aaron D’souza, 1:56.30, 2009); Individual Champion: Srihari Natraj, BSRC,1035 points.
Group II — 200m Breaststroke: Kalp S. Bohra (Pooja Aquatic Centre, 2:35.31); 100m Butterfly: Samarth Subramanya Rao (BSRC, 1:03.35); 200m Freestyle: Kapil D. Shetty ( Dolphin Aquatics, 2:04.61); Individual Champion: Kapil D. Shetty, Dolphin Aquatics, 85 points.
Group III — 50m Backstroke: B. Patil Amey (Aqua Swim Centre, 34.40); 50m Breaststroke: Vidith S. Shankar (Dolphin Aquatics, 37.67); Individual Champion: Vidith S. Shankar, Dolphin Aquatics, 78 points.
Group IV — 50m Freestyle: R. Navaneeth Gowda (Dolphin Aquatics, 31.90); Individual Champion: R. Navaneeth Gowda, Dolphin Aquatics, 30 points.
Group I — 200m Breaststroke: Saloni Dalal (BAC, 2:53.29); 100m Butterfly: Smruthi Mahalingam (BSRC, 1:09.05); 200m Freestyle: Khushi Dinesh (BAC, 2:16.72); Individual Champion: Suvana C. Baskar, Dolphin Aquatics, 135 points.
Group II — 200m Breaststroke: Rachana S.R. Rao (Mangala Swimming Club, NR: 2:47.50 heats, OR: 2:2.70, Sajini Shetty, BAC, 1993, Final: 2:48.17); 100m Butterfly: Latiesha Mandanna (Young Challengers Swim Club, 1:10.13s); 200m Freestyle: Divya Ghosh (BSRC, 2:18.07); Individual Champion: Rachana S.R. Rao, Mangala Swimming Club, 1028 points.
Group III — 50m Backstroke: Ridhima Veerendrakumar (BAC, 33.86); 50m Breaststroke: V. Hitaishi (Vijayanagar Aquatic Centre, 39.19); Individual Champion: V. Hitaishi, Vijayanagar Aquatic Centre, 72 points.
Group IV — 50m Freestyle: Vihitha Nayana (Pooja Aquatic Centre, 33.32); Individual Champion: Vihitha Nayana, Pooja Aquatic Centre, 38 points.