Karnataka retain title

State swimmers amass mammoth 1109 points

Karnataka swimmers set the pool ablaze to retain their crown in the South Zone Aquatic championships here on Saturday.

Defending champions collected a massive 1109 points. State boys swimmers Mitesh M Kunte (Group I) Md Yaqoob Saleem (Group II), Hemanth Jenukal V B (Group III) and Sanjay C J (Group IV) made a clean sweep of the individual titles while Vaania Kapoor Achutan (Group IV) was the lone Karnataka swimmer to grab the honour in the girls’ section.

On the final day, Malavika V of Karnataka set her fourth meet mark en route to winning the girls’ Group II 50M freestyle gold, clocking 28.91 seconds. The Nettakallappa Aquatic Centre swimmer erased the eight-year-old meet record of 28.96, set by her State-mate Subha C.

Results: Boys: Group I: 50M freestyle: Rakshith U Shetty (Kar) 25.72 seconds, 1; P Larsen (TN) 25.92, 2; M Anandhan (TN) 26.10, 3. 400M freestyle: Mitesh M Kunte (Kar) 4:22.38, 1; J T Yugesh Kumar (TN) 4:27.63, 2; Anand A S (Ker) 4:34.13, 3. 200M backstroke: Sethu Manickavel T (TN) 2:18.58, 1; R Vishak (TN) 2:26.16, 2; Sreeresh R N (Ker) 2:30.84, 3. 100 breaststroke: T Emil Robin Singh (TN) 1:11.21, 1; Arvind M (Kar) 1:11.66, 2; Gaurav Yadav K (Kar) 1:14.53, 3. 4x100M freestyle relay: Karnataka (3:50.33) NMR (Old: 3:50.99, Karnataka, 2011) 1; TN (3:50.50) BMR, 2; Kerala (4:07.19) 3.
Group II: 50M freestyle: P Mukundhan (TN) 26.04 seconds, 1; Ram J Narayan (TN) 27.89, 2; N Sai Sampath Reddy (AP) 28.38, 3. 1500M freestyle: Md Yaqoob Saleem (Kar) 17:42.52; NMR (Old: 17:46.15, Ajay A, Kar, 2010) 1; Sanjeev R (Kar) 18:25.16, 2; Jithu (Ker) 19:01.68, 3. 200M backstroke: P Mukundhan (TN) 2:32.41, 1; Enosh George (TN) 2:33.51, 2; Jitvan Suri S (Kar) 2:36.41, 3. 100 breaststroke: C Ruban Kumar (TN) 1:15.76, 1; S Nithya Anand (TN) 1:15.94, 2; Suneesh S (Ker) 1:19.00, 3. 4x100M freestyle relay: Karnataka (4:02.66) 1; TN (4:08.47) 2; Kerala (4:14.64) 3.
Group III: 50M freestyle: S G Muralidharan (TN) 29.29 seconds, 1; S Abishek (TN) 29.58, 2; Chirag Kempegowda (Kar) 29.92, 3. 50M backstroke: S Danush (TN) 33.12 seconds, 1; Siva S (Kar) 34.34, 2; Sri Hari (Kar) 35.22, 3. 50M butterfly: Anirudh H Murali (Kar) 31.03 seconds, 1; Chirag Kempegowda (Kar) 31.46, 2; S G Muralidharan (TN) 31.64, 3. 4x50M freestyle relay: Karnataka (1:56.97) NMR (Old: 1:57.17, TN, 2011) 1; TN (1:57.44) 2; Kerala (2:02.89) 3.
Group IV: 50M freestyle: Sanjay C J (Kar) 30.17 seconds; NMR (Old: 30.78, Shreyas L, Kar, 2006) 1; D Adhithya (TN) 32.05, 2; Siddharth Joshi (Kar) 33.77, 3. 200 freestyle: Sanjay C J (Kar) 1:06.95; NMR (Old: 1:08.43, N Venkateswaran, TN, 2006) 1; D Adhithya (TN) 1:10.09, 2; P Raghul (TN) 1:12.52, 3.
Girls: Group I: 50M freestyle: Sanjana N Shah (TN) 30.76 seconds, 1; Ragi I V (Ker) 31.03, 2; Manya Manoharan (Ker) and R Sushmitha (TN) 31.57, 3. 400M freestyle: Shruthi Mahalingam (TN) 5:02.65, 1; Sreekutty J (Ker) 5:22.23, 2; Archa A A (Ker) 5:37.87, 3. 200M backstroke: Tulasi R Haritsa (Kar) 2:37.14, 1; S Vilassini (TN) 2:43.40, 2; Simran Deepak Mungekar (Kar) 2:45.65, 3. 100M breaststroke: Divya Guruswamy (Kar) 1:22.01; NMR (Old: 1:24.33, Bhoomi R Motwani, Kar, 2011) 1; Arathy S (Ker) 1:26.54, 2; Keerthana R (Kar) 1:31.40, 3. 4x100M freestyle relay: Karnataka (4:24.37) NMR (Old: 4:25.07, Kar, 2011) 1; TN (4:31.34) 2; Kerala (4:43.99) 3.         
Group II: 50M freestyle: Malavika V (Kar) 28.91; NMR (Old: 28.96, Subha C, Kar, 2004) 1; Deeksha Ramesh (Kar) 28.99, 2; Jomi George (Ker) 30.47, 3. 1500M freestyle: Rukshana K Y (Pud) 20:14.63, 1; Shraddha Sudhir (Kar) 20:26.10, 2; Vishaka Bhat (Kar) 21:08.41, 3. 200M backstroke: Sherlyn Devadason (TN) 2:34.03; NMR (Old: 2:38.22, Madhavi Giri, Kar, 2006) 1; Nivya Raja (TN) 2:34.52; BMR, 2; K Harishree J Rai (Kar) 2:48.42, 3. 100M breaststroke: A V Jayaveena (TN) 1:22.93; NMR (Old: 1:23.69, Bhoomi R Motwani, Kar, 2010) 1; Deeksha Ramesh (Kar) 1:24.27, 2; Rhia Singh (Kar) 1:30.37, 3. 4x100M freestyle relay: TN (4:20.07) NMR (Old: 4:27.00, TN, 2011) 1; Karnataka (4:20.45) BMR, 2; Kerala (5:01.43) 3.
Group III: 50M freestyle: P M Abishiktha (TN) 31.19 seconds, 1; A Kaavyashri (TN) 31.63, 2; Amita Gondi (AP) 32.63, 3. 50M backstroke: A Kaavyashri (TN) 36.56 seconds, 1; Shriya R Bhat (Kar) 36.63, 2; Jhanati Rajesh (Kar) 37.01, 3. 50M butterfly: Uthare U S (Kar) 33.17 seconds, 1; S Umadevi (TN) 33.21, 2; S Mamtha Shiv Dharshni (TN) 33.90, 3. 4x50M freestyle relay: TN (2:08.46) 1; Karnataka (2:10.14) 2; AP (2:30.24) 3.
Group IV: 50M freestyle: Vaania Kapoor Achutan (Kar) 32.26 seconds, 1; S M Swetha (TN) 33.60, 2; R Jaahnavi (TN) 33.99, 3. 100M freestyle: Vaania Kapoor Achutan (Kar) 1:09.61, 1; S M Swetha (TN) 1:14.22, 2; R Jaahnavi (TN) 1:14.84, 3. Special awards: Individual championships:  
Boys: Group I: Mitesh M Kunte (Kar, 35). Group II: Md Yaqoob Saleem (Kar, 28). Group III: Hemanth Jenukal V B (Kar, 28). Group IV: Sanjay C J (Kar, 35).
Girls: Group I: V K R Meenakshi (TN, 35). Group II: A V Jayaveena (TN, 35) and Sherlyn Devadason (TN, 35). Group III: P M Abishiktha (TN, 28). Group IV: Vaania Kapoor Achutan (Kar, 42).
Overall championship: Karnataka (1109 points). Water polo (standings): Boys: Kerala, 1; Karnataka, 2.
Girls: Kerala, 1; Karanataka, 2.

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