Leon Warnakulasuriya
Free, IM, Back

Leon Warnakulasuriya

Free, IM, Back

Year Freshman
Height 6-6
Hometown League City, Texas
Last School Clear Springs
Club Team Sharks Swim Team
Leon Warnakulasuriya

Biography

2017-18 ACC Academic Honor Roll

2017-18 (Freshman): Added depth for the Yellow Jackets in the breaststroke events … Also competed in the 200 free and 200 IM event for Tech on the year … Turned in the fifth-best time on the team in the 100 back (50.52) on the season … Also recorded the fifth-fastest time on the team in the 200 back (1:49.04) and the ninth-best in the 200 IM (1:54.11) … Totaled 10 top-five individual finishes on the year … Picked up a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 back (51.93) and 200 back (1:53.15) events in the dual meet versus Delta State … Finished fourth overall in the 100 back (52.68) and 200 back (1:53.16) events in the season-opening dual meet against Pittsburgh … Also touched the wall in fourth-place in the 200 back (1:53.08) at Northwestern and in the 100 back (54.00) at SCAD … Finished fifth in the 200 back at Notre Dame (1:52.12) and at SCAD (1:54.20), and in the 100 back (52.81) at South Carolina … Recorded a sixth-place showing in the 100 back in dual meets at both Northwestern (52.50) and at Georgia (52.63) … Placed seventh in the 100 back (52.50) at Notre Dame and in the 200 back (1:54.26) at Georgia … Also finished seventh overall in the 100 back (53.04) in the dual meet at South Carolina … Turned in an eight-place showing in the 200 free (1:47.99) in the dual meet versus Emory … Finished 15th overall in the 200 back at the Georgia Tech Invitational with a finals time of 1:49.04 … Also competed for Tech at the GT Invite in the 100 back (51.47), placing 20th overall, and in the 200 IM (1:54.11) … Competed in the 100 back (50.90 and 51.06) and 200 back (1:50.45 and 1:50.70) events at the Bulldog Invitational Last Chance Meet … Also swam in the 100 back (59.61 and 1:00.17) and 200 back (2:11.20 and 2:12.66) events at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Atlanta.

Before Tech: Swam and played water polo at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas … Earned Texas all-state second-team honors in both swimming and water polo his senior season in 2017 … A three-time first-team all-region selection … A three-time team MVP on the swim team … Holds the Clear Springs school record in the 100 back, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 200 IM events, while also a member of the record holding 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relay teams … Swam at the 2017 NCSA Spring Junior National Championships competing in the 200 yard back, 400 yard IM, 200 yard free, 100 yard back and 200 yard IM events … Posted four top-10 finishes at the GU TWST Short Course Championships III in 2016 … Also finished 11th overall in the 100 yard back at the 2017 Texas 6A State Championships … Finished second overall in the 100 yard back at the 2017 Texas UIL 6A — Region 6 Championships … Led his water polo team to three district championships in 2014, 2016 and 2017 … A USA Swimming scholastic all-America selection … Also an academic all-state honoree … Was a four-year Superintendent Scholar, a Distinguished AP Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar … Graduated in the top three in his graduating class … Also a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Rho Kappa Honor Society … Served as the historian for the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society … Was both the president (senior year) and vice president (junior year) of the National Technical Honor Society … Was a recipient of the CSHS Leadership Award, the Engineering Scholar Award and the Best Mathematics Student Award.

Personal: Full name is Leon Himesha Warnakulasuriya … Son of Frank Warnakulasuriya and Harshica Fernando … Was born on Jan. 7, 1999 in Colombo, Sri Lanka … Has an older sibling — Shenali … Chose Tech because of its nationally ranked aerospace engineering program, the chance to swim for an NCAA Division I men’s program and the location of campus … Plans to major in aerospace engineering.

 

Warnakulasuriya’s Career Top Times (through 4/1/18)
EVENT TIME MEET
100 Back 50.52 (s) 2017 Georgia Tech Invitational
200 Back 1:49.04 2017 Georgia Tech Invitational
200 IM 1:54.11 2017 Georgia Tech Invitational
* relay split (s)