Team pride and spirit shone through at the British Universities Long Course Championships as Loughborough swimmers retained their Men’s, Women’s and Overall titles.
Scottish Commonwealth Games representative, Aisha Thornton, fought off a chest infection to open the proceedings with a fine victory in the 800m freestyle in 8:45.4; she went on to take silver in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:16.33.
Rachael Kelly, an England Commonwealth Games representative, was in blistering form over the 3 day meet, taking the 100m butterfly in a world class time and BUCS record of 58.25 and 50m butterfly in a new BUCS record of 26.68; she took silver in the 200m butterfly (2:12.52) and combined forces with Charlotte McKenzie, Jocelyn Ulyett and Emma Wilkins to emerge victorious in the 4 x 100m Medley Team.
European & Commonwealth Gold medallist, Adam Barrett was also in record breaking form, winning the 100m butterfly in a new BUCS record of 53.00 and taking silver in the 50m butterfly (24.62). Teammate, Andrew Weatheritt, set the 4th record of the meet as he powered his way to gold in the 50m breaststroke in 27.99; he also took bronze in the 50m freestyle in 22.75.
Sophie Smith made a welcome return to form by winning the 50m backstroke (29.72) and 200m Individual Medley (2:15.25) while fellow international, Emma Wilkins, bowed out from her final BUCS Championships with gold in the 50m freestyle (25.72) and silver medals in the 50m butterfly (27.04) and 100m freestyle (56.40)
Double Olympian, Laurent Carnol and England Commonwealth Games representative James Wilby, outgunned a world class breaststroke field to go 1-2 in the 200m event; Laurent taking the title in 2:3.46 and James silver in 2:13,91; Laurent dug deep in the 200m IM to secure 3rd place points with 2:06.02.
Rapidly improving Joe Elwood, powered his way to victory in the 50m backstroke (26.01) and backed this up with silver in the 10m event (56.55)
Loughborough newcomers, Jocelyn Ulyett, Charlotte McKenzie, Kane Hagget and Caleb Hughes were also in fine podium form. Jocelyn took silver in the 200m breaststroke (2:30,65), bronze in the 100m breaststroke (1:10.47) and Charlotte, well on the road to recovery following illness, took silver in the 100m backstroke (1:03.17). Kane raced to a lifetime best and bronze in the 50m butterfly with 24.82 whilst Caleb swam a well paced race to finish 3rd in the 1500m freestyle (15:35.55) and 200m backstroke (2:06.65)
The women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay of Sophie Smith, Vicky Cunningham, Stephanie Bremner, Emma Wilkins dominated the field with the men’s freestyle team of Brian O’Sullivan, Adam Barrett, David Thompson and Andrew Weatheritt placed 2nd.
Thes performances, combined with excellent swimming throughout the team resulted in the following points scores:
Men 1st Loughborough 177, 2nd Bath 125, 3rd Edinburgh 86
Women 1st Loughborough 160, 2nd Edinburgh 125, 3rd Bath 120
Overall 1st Loughborough 337, 2nd Bath 245, 3rd Edinburgh 211
What a Team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!