12th Singapore Nationals Lankan Synchro swimmers excel

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By 2017-12-11

The Sri Lankan synchronized swimming contingent returned to the country with medal-winning performances at the 12th Singapore National Synchronized Swimming Championships held recently.

The swimmers won a total of three silver and four bronze medals in the 16-18 years and Open age groups in the international category of the three-day competition held from 24 to 26 November at the OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore.

Medals were won by Bulani Perera (Silver) and Himashi Ranasinghe (Bronze) in the 16-18 years Solo event; Tharudini Ekneligoda and Himashi Ranasinghe (Silver), and Jerusha Perera and Shenaya Mendis (Bronze) in the 16-18 years Duet event; Shiyanka de Silva (Bronze) in the Open Solo event; Jerusha Perera and Shenaya Mendis (Silver) and Tharudini Ekneligoda and Himashi Ranasinghe (Bronze) in the Open Duet event.

A total of 16 swimmers represented Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) at this popular regional competition comprising 12 other clubs and developmental teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand.

The team comprised Bulani Perera, Anarkali De Silva, Sathinji Senanayake and Ihansa Ranasinghe from Visakha Vidyalaya;

Jerusha Perera, Shiyanka De Silva, Shenaya Mendis, Renata Melvani, Anika Ratnayake, Rivinka De Silva and Tharini Perera from Ladies College; Tharudini Ekneligoda, Himashi Ranasinghe, Yalindee Premaratne and Diyana Perera from Musaeus College; and Sansala Perera from St. Bridget's Convent.

Three coaches Sanjule Wickramage, Dehara Katipearachchi and Rovini Illukumbura along with Nayana Katipearachchi (Manager) and Apsara Bandara (Lady Chaperone) accompanied the competitors as team officials.

Synchronized Swimming has seen a surge in participation in recent years amongst the local schools with an average of 75 swimmers taking part annually in the Levels grading competition held twice a year.



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