A 28-strong team travelled up to Sheffield for the BUCS Short course championships which took place last weekend. BUCS allows university swimmers to compete against each other to gain points for their respective university, creating an environment unique to other swimming competitions. Because of this, BUCS Swimming attracts Olympic Medallists, World Champions and Commonwealth Champions and numerous members of the Great Britain team, making the championships an extremely tough competition. And this year was one of the fastest fields ever; with times that could have medalled in previous years not even qualifying for the finals. The layout of BUCS follows a typical national competition; heats in the morning followed by an evening session of finals which has an amazing atmosphere.
The club did incredibly well throughout the weekend, collecting 4 medals, 6 Club Records, and countless PB’s; greatly improving on last years performance; finishing in 8th place behind some very large programmes. This is made even more impressive as places 5th to 8th were separated by only 12 points, meaning the club were very close to an even better performance.
“In 23 years of coaching, I have never seen such a tightly packed field. just 12 points between 8th-5th positions. So proud of UoBSwimming with such a big team effort” – Gary Humpage, Head Coach
Because of the nature of all the successes, the easiest way to show all the results is just by listing them off, so no one is missed;
Jess Shaw was 4th in the Women’s 50m Backstroke A Final, in a new club record of 27.59, only 0.06 off a medal, less than 15 minutes later she took 6th place in the Women’s 200m Backstroke.
Shannon Campbell won the Women’s 50m Breaststroke B Final in a new PB of 32.58.
Jess Telford and Holly Hildrew Set new PB’s of 26.90 and 26.62 respectively to finish 9th and 10th in the Women’s 50m Freestyle B final.
Jamie Cunningham finished 9th in the Men’s 50m Freestyle B final in a PB of 23.47.
Matt Rogers swam to 7th Place in a stacked 200m Breaststroke final, right on his PB.
The Women’s 4x50m Freestyle relay saw the B team finish 8th place in the B final, moving up the rankings, whilst the A team took 6th place in the A Final in a time of 1:46.95.
The Men’s 4x50m freestyle relay saw both the A and B team finish faster than last years A team. They finished in 5th and 9th place in the B final.
Ellie Morris broke a 3 year old PB to place 5th in the Women’s 200m IM in a time of 2:16.96.
Lucy Hawley set a new PB of 28.79 to finish 9th in the Women’s 50m Butterfly B final.
The Women’s 4x50m Medley relay saw the B team take 5th place in the B final and the A team took 5th in the A final. Whilst the Men’s 4x50m Medley relay saw a 4th place finish from the A team in the B final.
Lucy Hawley finished 10th in the Women’s 400m IM in a new PB of 5:00.52.
William Slawson finished 7th in the Mens 400m IM in a new club record of 4:25.98.
Issy Griffiths finished in a Seasons best to take 9th in the Women’s 800m Freestyle.
All the performances from the championships were exceptional, but special mentions have to go to those who secured the medals. Jess Shaw won Bronze in the Women’s 100m Backstroke in a time of 59.90, breaking the minute barrier for the first time. Ffion Butler managed to bring home three medals, after taking silver in the 100m MC backstroke, Bronze in the 100m MC freestyle and Bronze in the 50m MC freestyle. Head coach Gary Humpage also awarded Liam Snook with Swimmer of the Meet for making a comeback to race to 5 PBs, 2 club records in the 200m Freestyle (1:51.31) and 800m Freestyle (8:26.71), and ability to step up for the team!