Inya Lake

  • Free for all at Inya Lakes.
  • Beware of getting cramps, which can lead to drowning even in the shallow waters.
  • At RUBC, we used to swim after rowing.
  • We were surprised learn that some members do not know how to swim. They trust the boats, and cling to them in case the boats capsize.
  • It was a tradition to throw the cox of the winning team into the water.

RU Pool

  • Rangoon University Swimming Pool : membership rules might change over the years.
  • The pool is not “Olympic” size.
    But it was used for the early RU competitions for swimming, water polo and diving.

SEAP Games

  • Burma hosted the 2nd SEAP Games in 1961.
  • The swimming and diving events were held at the then new National Swimming Pool.
  • The Burmese team won most of the gold and silver medals.
  • Tin Maung Ni (GBNF) won 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 4x100m freestyle events.
    He went on to compete in the Asian Games and two Olympics.
  • Mya Thee and Aung Than topped the 100m freestyle.
  • Maung Kyi won the 100m breast.
  • Dr. Richard Yu Khin also posted on the Burmese s

Swimmers and Techniques

  • Swimming techniques and swim wear have evolved over the years.
  • At one event, all the top female swimmers broke the old men’s record set by Johnny Weissmuller (of Tarzan fame).
  • Mark Spitz (US) won seven golds in the 1972 Munich Olympics. He won 100m and 200m free, 100m and 200m butterfly, 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays, and 4x100m medley relay.
    He used only two styles.
    He was helped by alternates in the early phases of the relay contests.
  • Micheal Phelps (US) won eight golds in a single Olympic and 20+ golds over multiple Olympics.
  • During our times, Htay Aung (M69) was the dominant swimmer at RIT and Inter-Institute.
  • Htay Aung and his spouse Than Than (sprinter) are Burma Selected.
  • He later found his match in Lyn Aung Thet (IM1 for 100m) and Nanda Kyaw Zwar (for water polo)
  • Win Maung (Lake) is a backstroke expert.
    He competed the 2000m cross lake swimming using backstroke.
  • Saya Charlie Hla Myint (M65) led the RIT Swimming and Water Polo teams.
    Ko Htay Aung, Ko Han Sein, Ko Sein Myint, Ko Moe Hein, Ko Hla Kyaing are some 69ers who represented RIT in swimming and water polo.


  • My mom’s love for the water (floating and swimming in the Inya Lakes) probably caused me to enter the world a few days ahead of the “scheduled” date.
  • I can do front and back crawls, but not at the competitive level.

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