KWA’s Gold Rush Continues in Kandy Waters

Hiruki de Silva

Kandy, Dec 29, Fri – In the Hillwood College Swimming Pool in Kandy, Killer Whale Aquatics (KWA) once again asserted their aquatic supremacy on the third day of the Sri Lanka National Swimming Championship. As the reigning champions in both men’s and women’s categories at the Senior Nationals, KWA showcased exceptional skill, claiming a remarkable tally of five gold medals, two silver, and two bronze.

The standout performers for KWA included Hiruki de Silva, Ganga Seneviratne, Kyle Abeysinghe, Matthew Abeysinghe, and their formidable men’s relay team. Their collective efforts propelled KWA to the top of the medal tally, reaffirming their status as swimming powerhouses.

In the women’s 50m butterfly final, the audience witnessed a thrilling showdown. Hiruki de Silva emerged victorious, securing the gold with a swift time of 29.15. Nabhashie Perera from Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya showcased her prowess, clinching the silver in 29.50, while Jessie Seneviratne of Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya claimed the bronze with a commendable time of 29.80.

Ganga Seneviratne extended KWA’s golden streak by dominating the women’s 100m backstroke in 1:04.74. Kaitlyn de Zilwa of Stafford International School secured the silver in 1:07.81, and Sithuki Yonara of Asian International School (AIS) claimed the bronze with a time of 1:09.90.

In the men’s 100m backstroke, the trio of Matthew Abeysinghe, an Olympian, Heshan Karuanratne, and Adeetha Siriwardana showcased KWA’s prowess. Matthew Abeysinghe clinched the gold in a remarkable 56.59, leaving his competitors trailing. Heshan Karuanratne secured silver in 1:00.32, while Adeetha Siriwardana won bronze with a time of 1:00.50.

The dominance continued in the men’s 200m freestyle, with Kyle Abeysinghe claiming gold in 1:55.93. Binura Thalagala secured silver in 1:56.38, and Anusara Abeygoonawardane won bronze in 1:56.95, completing the clean sweep for KWA.

The men’s 800m freestyle relay witnessed a splendid performance by KWA’s quartet – Binura Thalagala, Adeetha Siriwardane, Anusara Abeygoonawardane, and Heshan Karunaratne. They clinched the gold in 8:09.71, while Ananda College and the Maldives secured silver and bronze, respectively.

In a nail-biting men’s 50m butterfly final, Sri Lanka Army’s SS Senarathne emerged triumphant with a gold medal in 25.11. Yonal Silva of Lyceum International School Wattala secured silver in 26.20, and Maldives’ Mohamed Aan Hussain claimed bronze with a time of 27.06.

KWA’s exceptional performance on the third day reinforces their reputation as a dominant force in Sri Lanka’s swimming scene. As the championship progresses, all eyes remain on the pool to witness more spectacular feats from this formidable aquatic team.

Hiruki de Silva
Hiruki de Silva
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