UWCT Students Thimali (G12) and Zackery (G8) made UWCT Mantas proud as they swam internationally and excelled in their races.
Thimali represented her country of Sri Lanka at the 14th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hangzhou, where she competed in her two favorite events, the 200 meter freestyle, with a time of 2’14”83 and the 200 meter Individual Medley, where she did a time of 2’33’28.
As one of only four swimmers at the World Championships representing Sri Lanka, Thimali had her big debut at the international level competing in the same events as Olympic superstars like Emily Seebohm or Kattinka Hosszu.
A younger swimmer Zackery swam at the Victoria Age group championship in Australia.
Zakery Swam the 100m back, 200m IM and 800m free. All 3 events were Personal Best. He also swam 800m free, where he dropped this time from 10:23 to 10:03, swam the 200m IM, dropping his time from 2:36 to 2:32 and 100m back from 1:13 to 1:11.
On the final day he swam 200m back and dropped his time from 2:36 to 2:32, coming in at 11th position and almost made it to finals.
Due to weather and different climate, the water was very cold and the fight was tough, but he persist on and achieved 4 PBs for his Long course .
The entire UWCT/Thanyapura community are proud of these breakthroughs accomplishments. We look forward to more student athletes excelling at this level, while maintaining the academic excellence.