Principal Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Bangalore University's Rehan Poncha and Shikha Tandon lived up to the pre-event predictions by setting three out of the four meet records that were set on the opening day of the all-India inter-university aquatic meet at the Water Works Swimming pool here on Monday.

Coming back from a prolonged rest after the senior nationals, Rehan Poncha swam to new marks in 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke events. Rehan clocked 4:20.44s in 400m freestyle to sink Srinand Srinivas's old record (4:25.71) that was set last year.

Like Rehan, Shikha was also competing after taking a long break. But Shikha showed little signs of rustiness as she swept to gold in 100m back stroke. Shikha broke her own record (1:09.51) set last year by clocking (1:09.73).

The results: Men: 400m freestyle: 1. Rehan Poncha (Bangalore), 2. Palshikar Gaurav (Pune), 3. Souvik Das (Calcutta), (4:20.44 - New Meet Record; Old Record - 4:25.71, Srinand Srinivas, Rajiv Gandhi, 2004); 200m backstroke: 1. Rehan Poncha (Bangalore), 2. Srinand Srinivas (Rajiv Gandhi), 3. C. Abhilash (Kerala), (2:17.04 -NMR; OR- 2:20.84, Srinand Srinivas, Rajiv Gandhi, 2004); 200m breast stroke: 1. V. Abhishek (Bangalore), 2. Srinand Srinivas (Rajiv Gandhi), 3. Ajinkya Kalele (Nagpur), (2:38.95); 4x100m medley relay: 1. Kerala, 2. Bangalore, 3. Madras (4:24.37 - NMR; OR - 4:25.06, Visheswara University of Technology, 2004)

Women: 800m freestyle: 1. Shikha Tandon (Bangalore), 2. B. Praveena (Ker), 3. Patil Soria (Shivaji), (9:53.45 - NMR; OR- 9:57.71, Shikha Tandon, Bangalore, 2004); 100m backstroke: 1. Shikha Tandon (Bangalore), 2. Sony Cyriac (KAU), 3. Debolina Rajak (Calcutta), (1:09.73); 200m breaststroke: 1. M.S. Divya (Bangalore), 2. Shikha Tandon (Bangalore), 3. M. Mini (Calicut), (2:58.59).

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