MSSA Swimming: Scottish's Vedant, Aanya rule the pool

Published: Dec 03, 2018, 09:47 IST | Gordon D'Costa

Aanya, 13, ruled the roost in the girls’ U-14 category and rewrote the records in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley to finish on a high

Bombay Scottish’s Vedant Bapna during the MSSA U- 16 100m backstroke event at Andheri Sports Complex. pics/ ATUL KAMBLE
Bombay Scottish’s Vedant Bapna during the MSSA U- 16 100m backstroke event at Andheri Sports Complex. pics/ ATUL KAMBLE

Aanya Wala and Vedant Bapna, both of Bombay Scottish ( Mahim) set the pool ablaze, creating three new meet records each and clinched five gold and four medals respectively during the two-day meet of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association- organised annual inter-school aquatic championship at Andheri Sports Complex yesterday.

Aanya, 13, ruled the roost in the girls’ U-14 category and rewrote the records in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley to finish on a high. She also bagged gold medals in the 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly to finish with a rich haul of five golds. “ It feels good to be successful. It’s a completely different feeling when you win a gold medal and also break records,” Aanya told mid-day. Vedant, 15, swam powerfully and dominated the boys’ U- 16 events as he sunk the previous records in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200 individual medley and also won the butterfly gold to complete a satisfying day with four gold medals.

Bombay Scottish's Aanya Wala
Bombay Scottish's Aanya Wala

Meanwhile, the Deshwal twins Saanvi and Anvi, finished in first and second positions respectively in the 50m backstroke for girls’ U- 8 and in the process lowered the meet record. Saanvi won gold in 52: 57 secs and Anvi settled for the silver in 53: 68 secs. Both were faster than the previous time of 53.74 secs set by Muskan Tolani ( Bombay Int School) in 2009.

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