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Loughborough dominate BUCS Nationals

Loughborough University enjoyed a successful weekend at BUCS Nationals in Sheffield, topping the overall event standings after securing the team titles in a number of sports.

The final day of action was a frantic one, with 22 athletics finals, more than 15 in the pool, and the conclusion of the three-day badminton tournament. Historically Loughborough enjoys success in the aforementioned sports, and 2017 was no different.

Athletics

On the track, the team in purple dominated, taking both the men’s and women’s team titles. Hannah Brier equalled the Championship Best Performance in the women’s 60m final to take gold, also breaking the Welsh junior record in the process. Adam Thomas took the equivalent men’s title, with Tom Somers runner-up in a tight 400m final.

In the distance events Jamie Webb landed gold in the 1500m, with Hannah Nuttall runner-up in the women’s 3000m. In the field there was victory in the men’s high jump for Montez Blair, whilst Urina Harrell recorded a personal best to take gold in the shot put with 15.03m.

Swimming

In the pool, Sarah Vasey got the job done in a big way in the women’s 100m breaststroke, breaking the meet record twice over the course of the two sessions. Her speedy morning swim of 1:08.34 was reduced even further, as she scorched to a new meet record of 1:07.78 in the final. Teammate Charlotte Atkinson also re-wrote the record book in the women’s 200m butterfly, finishing in 2:09.93 for a comfortable win. That smashes her own personal best of 2:11.29, a time she only earned earlier this month, which puts her in the top ten in the world rankings.

Jocelyn Ulyett scored a shiny new BUCS Record with her gold-medal winning mark of  2:27.25 in the women’s 200m breaststroke, while Vasey was again in record breaking form in the 50m breaststroke, stopping the clock at 30.78.

Tim Shuttleworth started the competition off with a bang, establishing a new BUCS Record in the 1500m free with his time of 15:08.88. His performance today checks in as the third fastest of his career, beaten only by times of 14:55.23 and 15:08.84 from last year, which helped him qualify for Rio 2016. The team also brought in mega points with a gold medal-winning swim in the relay.

Badminton

Lightning Badminton stars Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore won their third mixed doubles title in a row, beating off a brave challenge from teammates Matt Clare and Viki Williams in the final.

That spearheaded a clean sweep of the doubles titles, as Mairs returned to court to win the mixed title with Farid Akroum, Clare again securing silver alongside David King. Top seeds Viki Williams and Jordan Hart won the women’s doubles, to wrap up a great weekend for the badminton programme.

Points

After a successful weekend in Sheffield, Loughborough have extended their lead at the top of the BUCS table, the team’s current 3912.5 total nearly 1,000 points ahead of their nearest rivals Durham.