SLUG - Swimming Championship

SLUG - Swimming Championship



On the 2nd and the final day of SLUG Swimming Championship which was held at University of Sri Jayewardenepura, we were able to witness to which university goes the Triumph. After thrilling and powerful races in 15 events on the first day and 13 events in the second day; overall 28 events in both men?s and women?s category, University of Ruhuna attained the Gold in the men?s category while University of Moratuwa earned the Silver and last but not least University of Ruhuna secured the Bronze.

If we look at the women?s category, University of Sri Jayewardenepura grabbed the Gold, closely followed by University of Peradeniya earning Silver and University of Colombo securing Bronze.

In the overall result University of Sri Jayewardenepura became the champions while University of Peradeniya earned the runners up title, followed by University of Ruhuna securing the 2nd runners up title.

In these two days champions from all across universities were able to set total of 17 new meet records, 8 records falling under men?s category and 9 records falling under women?s category.

On 29th August; the second day of swimming championship- where there were 11 new meet records, we were able to witness a new meet record from the first event of the day; women?s 50m butterfly. K.A.H.S. Perera from University of Sri Jayewardenepura finished the race in 00:31.59 landing on the first place, as well as breaking a record which was set in 2016 respectively by K.D.M.K. Weerathunga from University of Peradeniya. H.M.S.S. Herath from University of Sri Jayewardenepura earned the second place finishing the race in 00:33.08, followed by M.H. Hewage from University of Peradeniya securing the third place, finishing the race in 00:33.44.

No long after, in the 3rd event ? men?s 100m Freestyle, a champ from University of Kelaniya was able to break another record. S.M.S.S. Senarathna finished the race in 00:54.24 breaking the record which was set in 2019 respectively by W.K.S. Wickramarachchi from University of Ruhuna. University of Ruhuna earned the second place as D.S. Jayakody finished the race in 01:00.94 followed by T. Abeywickrama who is also from University of Ruhuna securing the third place finishing the race in 01:05.64.

Another champ from University of Colombo set another new meet record which was set in 2013 respectively by K.W.C.B. Weragama from University of Ruhuna. In the 50m Breaststroke- women?s category, L.C.N. Fernando from University of Colombo landed on the first place finishing the race in 00:38.68, breaking the record. The second place went to University of Sri Jayewardenepura as P.V.J. De Costa finished the race in 00:42.28. S. Jameel landed on the third place earning the third place for University of Peradeniya.

In the 5th event, which was men?s 100m Backstroke we got to witness another new meet record as I.M. Abeyrathne finished the race in 01:06.65 also landing on the first place, Breaking the record which was set in 2016, respectively by K.P. Manawadu from University of Sri Jayewardenepura. W.A.M. Fernando earned the second place for University of Ruhuna followed by R.L.S. Saranga from University of Sri Jayewardenepura securing the third place.

In the men?s 50m backstroke event we were able to witness a very special remark in SLUG history, when an outstanding champion was able to break his own record which was set in 2019 SLUG Swimming Championship. That outstanding performer was W.A.M. Fernando from University of Colombo who broke his 00:31.59 record with 00:30.18 new meet record. It was followed by R.L.S. Saranga from University of Sri Jayewardenepura landing on second place and V. Wickremasuriya from University of Kelaniya landing on third place.

It was in the 10th event; women?s 50m Breaststroke, when another new meet record was set. K.A.H.D. Perera from University of Sri Jayewardenepura successfully set a new meet record breaking the record which was set in 2010 respectively by P. Ekanayake from University of Colombo. The new meet record was 00:34.37 also landing University of Sri Jayewardenepura on the first place. University of Peradeniya was able to gain the second place as W.T.D. Kularathne landed secondly and S. Jameel who is also from University of Peradeniya secured the third place.

This concluded the events of the final day of swimming championship, which was exciting for observers and exhausting for competitors. But we all know every bit of that practice, strength, determination and effort paid of very well. So, congratulations everyone! regardless attaining gold, silver and bronze.

We as MoraSpirit would like to wish the best of luck for all the athletes who sacrificed their time, putting all of their strength and power to gain another triumph for their university. We wish the best for your future endeavors and we sincerely hope you made memories which can be cherished a lifetime at the XIV SLUG 2023.






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