The Aquamarine Arena: Annual Open Swimming Competition
Sep 11, 2017 | Animesh
With much pomp and an enthusiastic turn-out, the All-NITR Annual Open Swimming Competition was held last Saturday, i.e. the 9th of September at the Swimming Pool, ASF Centre beside the PT Usha Sports Complex. The event saw a holistic participation comprising of several students, faculty, staff and family members as well. The event was inaugurated by our esteemed Director, Prof Animesh Biswas, and graced by dignitaries which included Prof Snehashis Chakraverty, President, Student Activity Centre(SAC), Prof S Panigrahi Dean, Student Welfare, Prof. R.C Pradhan and Prof N.K Vissa, the 2 Vice Presidents of Games and Sports Society along with Dr,.P.K Rout and Dr. T.R Patnaik, the Student Activity and Sports(SAS) Officers and a few faculty members. The pool was well lit and the lane ropes were readied beforehand. The outside facade of the ASF centre was decorated with bulbs and a covered dias with seating arrangements were made for the event. After registration, the participants under various categories lined up at the starting line while the time-keepers, judges, volunteers, record-keepers and pool trainers coordinated the races and checked that all the rules were followed.
The entire event was organised very smoothly and quoting the words of Prof R.C. Pradhan and Prof. N.K Vissa:
Credit must go to the team and the organisers for an excellent work in organising the event. The event started and ended in time. We also got a lot of interested students and campus children participating this time. Even with a very busy schedule, our Director attended the event himself and the Games and Sports Society, SAC is thankful to him; as well as all the students, coordinators and volunteers. Overall the event was a grand success.
With no hiccups throughout the event and a fine conducive weather situation, and excellent coordination between the organisers, the event was a major success this year, according to the Prof. R.C. Pradhan. Still, one stark blemish in the evening was the fact that in spite of repeated webmails and plenty of invitations, the overall participation was quite lower than expected, especially given the fact that even snacks and other refreshments were served and a lot of arrangements were made for the audience. Lack of participation also led to events like the 50m butterfly to be scrapped altogether and a few events saw only 3 to 4 contestants registering. However, given that there are the approaching exams the turn out was quite decent and in according to Prof. Snehasis Chakraverty, President, SAC, it was mostly a success on the students’ part. As for the faculty and staff, he expects that participation will improve in the upcoming years.
The complete list of winners is given below:
|Category-Staff (Men) 50m|
|Category- Staff (Women) 50m|
|1||Rajat Kumar Dalai||30.537|
|1||Rajat Kumar Dalai||1.18.979|
|50m Back Stroke|
|100m Breast Stroke|
|50m Breast Stroke|
|1||Poojari Kiran Kumar||45.92|
|Category-Campus Children Under-12 50m|
|2||Rohit Kumar Jena||1’27.266”|
|3||Rohan Raj Pradhan||1’38.32”|
|Category-Campus Children Under-19 50m|
|2||Pyush Kumar Sahoo||35.571|
|3||Sai Jagannath Tripathi||37.844|
|2||Pyush Kumar Sahoo||54.56|
|3||Sai Jagannath Tripathi||57.383|
The event ended with the prize distribution ceremony at 8.30 PM along with a photo-session and the Dean (Student Welfare) who was present for handing out the trophies to the winners, declared the event closed for this year with a note of appreciation for the participants. Team MM was informed by the authorities that all the student contestants will be informed shortly about their certificates.