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Khade, Tandon for All India University Aquatics

Mumbai, Oct 19 (UNI) Swim sensations Virdhawal Khade and Shikha Tandon will feature in the All India Inter University Aquatic Championship to be held at the Andheri Sports Complex from October 21 to 24.

The championship will be organised by the University of Mumbai and HR College and co-sponsored by Reliance Industries.

Beijing Olympian Khade, of Kolhapur University, won three gold in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, including the men's 50m butterfly and records in the 100m and 50m freestyle and is expected to bag a rich haul in the competition. In addition, Khade also won the 200m and 4x100 freestyle silver.

The formidable Shikha of Bangalore University looks all set to make waves after entering 12 events including the 50m, 200m and 800m freestyle, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 50m and 200m backstroke and the 200m and 400m individual medley.

Pranoy Adhikari and Vivek Shanbag are strong contenders from hosts Mumbai University.

Adhikari, who has been training overseas, is one of the favourites in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle, while Shanbag is expected to come up with a strong challenge in the freestyle events.

Mumbai University's Mollan Fenello has maintained a low profile for a long time but will get an opportunity to make waves in her pet 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke for women.

The diving competition will be held at the Goregaon Sports Club and there will be strong competition in the high board diving for women, where Devina Devi (LNIPR, Gwalior), Neha Naik, Pooja Patil and Rupali Shinde (Pune University) and Rashika Sriram and Rupali Sigi of Solapur University make a formidable line-up.

Last year's winners University of Kerala will set out to defend the men's waterpolo title, with fancied Calicut University and Punjab University (Patiala) and 2007 runners-up SGBU (Amravati) also in the fray.


Story first published: Sunday, October 19, 2008, 20:37 [IST]
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