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Five-star show by Rayna at MSSA swim meet

Rayna Saldanha of Billabong High International School (Juhu) stole the show at the 51st Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) Annual Aquatic Championship at the Andheri Sports Complex yesterday. She won five gold medals creating three new meet records en route in the 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke events.

Rayna Saldanha
Rayna Saldanha of Billabong High International School (Juhu) during the MSSA Annual Aquatic Championships at the Andheri Sports Complex yesterday. Pic/Nikesh Gurav.

In the girls’ U-14 100m freestyle, the 12-year-old Bandra resident clocked 1:03.69s. Ananya Mehere of Greenlawns (Worli) stood second (1:09.14s), while Vedika Makhija of AVM (Bandra) finished third (1:10.35s).

In the 200m individual medley, Rayna clocked 2:36.31s, with Muskaan Tolani (2:48.38s) of Bombay International (Babulnath) second and Isha Khade (2:54.83s) of St Mary’s Convent (Mulund) winning bronze. In the 100m backstroke, she clocked 1:12.99s with Vedika Makhija (1:22.25) of AVM (Bandra) second and Sana Gaya (1:23.29s) of Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) third.

Rayna’s other two gold medals came in the girls’ U-14 100m butterfly (1:14.59s) and 100m breaststroke (1:25.34s) events. “I’ve loved being in the water since I was two. My day is incomplete if I didn’t swim. Full credit to my coach Dhansukh Kagathra, who ensures I put in five to six hours of rigorous practice daily,” said the Class VIII student.

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