As expected, Karnataka ended the day atop the medals tally but the efforts of the Tamil Nadu swimmers kept Maharashtra back when four meet records, including two in relays, were re-written on the opening day of the 38th National junior aquatic championship here on Friday.
Five golds for TN
Out of 16 gold medals on offer on this day, Tamil Nadu fished out five from the Prakash Taran Pushkar pool here, just one less than overwhelming favourite Karnataka. Maharashtra, not expected to challenge Karnataka's run here, could manage just three titles to trail in the third spot.
Delhi's Priyanka Priyadarshini set the first individual record of the day by shattering Ambica Iyengar's eight-year-old record in 100m breaststroke in Group I. Priyanka clocked 1:19.31 in the heats to erase the record of 1:19.50. She returned in the evening to improve her record 1:17.77 in the final. This effort came minutes before Priyanka's last year's record in Group II stood broken.
Heavy rains failed to dampen the spirits of Tamil Nadu girl A.V. Jayaveena as she erased Priyanka's record 1:20.32 in 1:19.02 in the 100m breaststroke in group II.
Karnataka boys set up all four individual golds for the State while Tamil Nadu gained from its showing in Group II in both sections. Haryana's Shivani Kataria exceeded expectations by winning the 200m freestyle gold in Group II.
Group I: 200m freestyle: 1. Saurabh Sangvekar (Mah) (1:55.42); 2. Jaywant Vijay Kumar (TN) (1:58.64); 3. A. Ajay (Kar) (2:00.67). 100m backstroke: 1. B. Pranam (Kar) (1:02.03); 2. V. Turbo (Ker) (1:02.03); 3. Sujay Shah (Guj) (1:03.05). 100m breaststroke: 1. Akash Rohit (Kar) (1:09.91), 2. Neil Contractor (Guj) (1:09.98); 3. S. Arun (Ker) (1:11.25). 4x100m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka (3:44.87); 2. Gujarat (3:46.95); 3. Tamil Nadu (3:53.30).
Group II: 200m freestyle: 1. S.K. Adrash Narayan (TN) (2:06.25); 2. Vendant Rao (Mah) (2:07.09); 3. Rohitash Dubey (MP) (2:07.48). 100m backstroke: 1. T. Sethu Manickavel (TN) (1:05.31); 2. P. Kumaresh Pandian (TN) (1:07.25); 3. Akash Debnath (Ben) (1:07.65). 100m breaststroke: 1. S.P. Lakhith (Kar) (1:13.80), 2. Viraj Prabhu (Mah) (1:14.66); 3. Akshay Prasad (Mah) (1:15.61). 4x100m freestyle relay: 1. Tamil Nadu (4:04.15), 2. Maharashtra (4:04.69), 3. Karnataka (4:07.37).
Group I: 200m freestyle: 1. Anusha Mehta (TN) (2:11.24); 2. Pratima Kollali (Kar) (2:13.32); 3. Arhatha Magavi (Kar) (2:13.44). 100m backstroke: 1. Ananya Panigrahi (Mah) (1:09.03) (equalled record of Fariha Zaman, 2006); 2. Jyotsna Pansare (Mah) (1:09.04); 3. R. Sushmitha (TN) 1:09.29). 100m breaststroke: 1. Priyanka Priyadarshini (Del) (1.17.77, NMR, improved her own time of 1.19.31, set in heats, 2011); 2. Bhoomi R. Motwani (Mah) (1:19.91); 3. M. Raghavi (TN) (1:19.94). 4x100m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka (4:11.60, NMR, old 4:15.51, own record set in 2007), 2. Tamil Nadu (4:14.52); 3. Maharashtra (4:20.20).
Group II: 200m freestyle: 1. Shivani Kataria (Har) (2:13.49); 2. Monique Gandhi (Mah) (2:15.08); 3. V. Malavika (Kar) (2:15.39). 100m backstroke: 1. Avantika Chavan (Mah) (1:13.03); 2. Rhea Castelino (AP) (1:14.89); 3. Sahithya Alva (Kar) (1:15.13). 100m breaststroke: 1. A.V. Jayaveena (TN) (1:19.02, NMR, old 1:20.32, Priyanka Priyadarshini in 2010). 4x100m freestyle relay: 1. Maharashtra (4:18.13, NMR, 4:21.97, own record set in 2010); 2. Karnataka (4:18.45); 3. Tamil Nadu (4:27.77).
Keywords: National junior aquatic championship