How to swim with a high-profile face: Anathatta swims on stage at the ‘Swim to Happiness’ festival
Anathacia (Ananthapuram), the 22-year-old student who became the youngest ever woman to swim in a World Cup, has revealed that she did not get a high score in her swimming preliminaries as she was nervous in her warm-up.
In her first pre-match swimming competition, she lost in the first round against the defending champion, Maaji (Sanskrit: Maaji) swim team.
In the second round, she beat another student in a 1:11 heats.
“I did not win the preliminary but I did manage to make it to the final,” she told reporters.
Anantha said that she was a little nervous about swimming at the first time because of her age, but that after practising, she felt that she could handle the heat well.
“We practiced a lot,” she said.
“At first, I did not want to swim and I was scared, but after a while, I relaxed and I got into it.”
Ananthapurtas sister, Keshavraj, was also in the pool with her when Ananthac was performing.
“She was so nervous,” said Keshavan.
“Ananthac used to get anxious if she was alone in the water and wanted to touch someone.”
Ananthas brother, Prithi, who is also an aspiring athlete, was one of the participants in the warm-ups.
“It was fun,” he said.
Anathac’s sister, Pradip, is an aspiring swimmer who also had a good showing.
“After we got into the water, she started to swim a lot, and then I started swimming a little more.
I feel that we were in the same state,” she added.
“Our team was not strong, but we did good.”
Anathacia, who was the only female participant in the swimming prelimins, has now started her competitive career.
The swimmer will compete in the World Cup in August.
“Today is my last year at the swimming camp and I am very happy to be back in the competition,” she revealed.