Swadesh and Srihari dominate the 45th Glenmark Junior National Aquatic Championships
2 Records on the Final Day
A total of 37 new national records in swimming were created as the curtains came down on the Glenmark 35th Sub Junior National Aquatic Championships and the 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships at Pune.
Swadesh Mondal and Srihari Nataraj were unvanquished in the individual events in the boys Group I and Group II sections. They successfully defended their Best swimmer titles which is a superlative effort. Swadesh not only won his events but set new national records in each of his 5 events. Srihari Nataraj set 4 national records and also managed one best time by an Indian swimmer in the 200 m backstroke.
In the girls group 1 section the best swimmer from the Khelo India games Suvana C Baskar beat Khushi Dinesh (both from Karnataka) to win the best swimmer award. Although both Khushi and Suvana had 4 individual golds but Suvana had one new record which helped her clinch the title. Vedika Amin the best swimmer in the Girls Group III category last year clinched the best swimmer title in the girls Group II category. This is a remarkable achievement considering she is at the lowest end of the 2 year age group. Vedika won 4 golds 1 silver with 2 new national records.
Kiara Bangera who trains at the Glenmark Aquatic Foundation Mumbai representing SFI won the best swimmer award in the Girls Group III category. Kiara won 4 Golds and One Silver medal. In the boys Group III category . Vidith S Shankar of Karnataka won the best swimmer award in Boys Group III winning 3 gold medals.
The Group IV category was the most closely contested group. The U-10 category saw R Navneeth Gowda of Karnataka and Arhee Buragohain of Assam win the Best swimmer in the boys and girls category by winning 3 gold and 2 gold medals respectively.
Aryan Nehra achieved the treble in the distance swimming category by winning the 400 m Freestyle in addition to the 800 m Freestyle and 1500 m Freestyle. Aryan broke the record twice in a day to win gold with a time of 04:10.25. Kapil Shetty of Karnataka won silver with a time of 04:16.60 while Gyan Sandhan Kashyap of Assam won bronze with a time of 04:17.56
Team mates from the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme Aryaan Vernekar of SFI and Bikram Changmai of Assam set the pool ablaze producing a riveting contest in the 100 m Butterfly Boys group II which resulted in Aaryan setting his second national record after his effort in the 50 m butterfly clocking as time of 00:58.14 to win gold. Bikram won silver with a time of 00:59.13 after his gold in the 200 m butterfly yesterday while Shoan Ganguly completed a wonderful campaign by winning bronze with a time of 00:59.88
Advait Page did not disappoint by winning gold in the 1500 m Freestyle Boys Group I. Advait who had clocked the best time by an Indian with a time of 15:25.98 last week in the Singapore National Swimming Championships 2018 was unable to break his national record winning gold with a time of 16:11.57. Teammates from the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme Sanskar Tokas of delhi and Anurag Singh of Uttar Pradesh had a strong battle wherein Sanskar won silver with a time of 16:32.68 just edging past Anurag who clocked 16:33.83
Firdoush Khayamkhani from Rajasthan who trains at the SGTIDM programme in Delhi swum a fantastically paced race to beat a late challenge from top seed Vanshika Sharma of Delhi and her teammate Anubhuti Baruah from Assam to win her second gold of the meet. Firdoush clocked 02:30.90 while Vanshika claimed silver with a time of 02:31.80 and Anubhuti won the bronze with a time of 02:32.36
Nina Venkatesh won the 200 m backstroke in the girls Group II category to go with the 100 m and 50 m backstroke to win the golden treble and establishing her superiority in backstroke. Nina clocked 02:30.37 to beat early leader and top seed Palak Dhami from SFI who clocked 02:32.71 to win silver while Khushi Patel from SFI clinched the bronze with a time of 02:36.84
Rayna Saldanha a champion swimmer from Glenmark Aquatic Foundation representing SFI and one of India’s best age group swimmers who had won the best swimmer in the Group IV, Group II and Group I categories signed off from the event in style by winning her second gold in the 200 m backstroke Girls Group I with a time of 02:24.63. She was composed and paced her race wonderfully to thwart a late challenge from Suvana Bhaskar of Karnataka who claimed her first silver to go along with her four golds with a time of 02:26.88 while Shrungi Bandekar of Goa won bronze with a time of 02:27.92
The 100 m backstroke boys group III saw an extremely competitive race with Vissesh Parameshwar Sharma from Tamil Nadu claiming an early lead and holding the lead to beat a strong rear guard challenge from teammate H Nithik Siddnath Singh Jadon of Madhya Pradesh and the diminutive slayer Vidith Shankar of Karnataka to win gold clocking a time of 01:05.97. Nithik won silver with a time of 01:06.12 while Siddhanth won bronze with a time of 01:11.19
The 100 m backstroke Girls group III saw top seed Ridhima Veerendra Kumar lead from start too finish to win gold with a time of 01:13.12. While Aashna Ashwin Mattur of Karnataka won silver with a time of 01:15.75. Sanjana Prabhugaonkar of Goa caused a surprise by winning bronze swimming in lane 1 with a time of 01:16.28
Srihari Nataraj representing Karnataka enhanced his aura of invincibility by winning his fifth gold in the 100 m Butterfly with a time of 00:56.73. Tanish George Mathew of Karnataka won the silver with a time of 00:57.41 while Arjun M of SSCB won bronze with a time of 00:57.94
R Navneeth Gowda of Karnataka earned the title of being the fastest swimmer in the Boys Group IV category by winning the 50 m Freestyle with a time of 00:31.28 narrowly beating top seed Angshuman Kashyap from Assam who won silver with a time of 00:31.40. Renukacharya Hodmani of Karnataka won bronze with a time of 00:31.45
Arihee Buragohain from Assam emulated team mate Jahnabi Kashyap by winning the 50 m freestyle Girls Group IV. Arihee clocked a time of 00:31.93 while Vihitha Nayana of Karnataka won silver with a time of 00:32.27. Aratrika Biswas of SFI won the bronze with a time of 00:32.67
Pranjal Patra of Bengal won his second gold of the meet by winning the 50 m butterfly boys Group III comfortably with a time of 00:29.38. Two swimmers from SFI Atharva Jarange and local boy Utkarsh Gor won silver and bronze with a time of 00:30.49 and 00:31.10 respectively
Kiara Bangera of SFI who trains of Glenmark Aquatic Foundation signed of from the Nationals in style by winning her 4th gold and secure the best swimmer award for the girls group III category in an extremely competitive 50 m Butterfly race. Kiara clocked 00:31.59 . Dhara Patel won the silver with a time of 00:31.79 just edging past Lavleen Das from Assam who clocked 00:31.80 to win bronze.
Kenisha Gupta representing SFI showed her class and superiority by winning the 50 m freestyle and winning the title of the fastest female swimmer of the meet with a time of 00:27.71. Shivangi Sarma the vastly improved swimmer from Assam training at SGTIDM Delhi won silver with a time of 00:28.06 while Annie Jain of Madhya Pradesh signed off her career as a junior with a bronze clocking 00:28.11
The last event of the day saw Vedika Amin clinch her fourth gold of the meet to be crowned the best swimmer in the girls Group II category. She clocked 00:28.22 beating Liyana Fathima Umer of Kerala who clocked 00:28.49 while Janhvi Choudhary of Assam caused a surprise by winning the last available medal of the meet winning the bronze with a time of 00:28.54.
In the diving events team SSCB swept the boys category team championships I
SSCB garnered 27 points in Group I, 32 points in Group II and 33 points in Group III. The girls section saw Gujarat and SFI win the team championship for Girls Group I with 17 points. SFI won the title in Group II and Group III categories with 28 and 34 points respectively.
In the Water Polo events. Bengal won both the girls and boys championships. SFI and Kerala won the silver in the boys and girls categories respectively while Kerala and SFI bagged the bronze medal in the boys and girls category
In swimming Karnataka won the overall team championships both in the Junior Age Group with 447 points and in the Sub Junior Age Group with 250 points.
In the Sub Junior Category Tamil Nadu emerged the best team in the Boys Group III category with 61 points. Karnataka won the Boys Group IV category with 76 points,. Karnataka reigned supreme in the Girls Group III category with 78 points and Assam won the team championships in Group IV category with 67 points.
In the junior Category Karnataka won the Boys Group I category with 114 points while Assam won the Boys Group II championships with 87 points. Karnataka won the Girls Group I category with 143 points while team SFI won the Girls Group II championships with 167 points.