2012-2013 Intro to Semester 2

As Edinburgh University’s Swimming and Water Polo Club enter 2013, and the 125th year of the club’s existence, the second semester of the academic year looks to be a promising one. With the swim team finishing in an impressive third place in the BUCS Short Course competition in the first term and all four polo teams looking like strong contenders for BUCS semi finals and finals, EUSWPC have an exciting few months ahead of them.
On top of settling back into academic life, Edinburgh’s swimmers have one of their most important competitions of the year just a month away – BUCS Long Course. The team has already improved upon their Short Course performance from last year, stepping up from fourth place to third place, and are looking for a similar, if not better, performance in the Long Course competition this term. Spring also presents new challenges with the arrival of BUCS ‘Big Wednesday’ Team Championships on 20th March 2013, a climactic end to the season and final test of the team’s hard work over the year.
A similarly eventful term is also to be had by the university’s four water polo teams. 2012 proved to be the first year in Edinburgh’s history to see both men’s and women’s first and second teams go through to the semi final stage of BUCS. They hope to repeat this performance in 2013, and only one more win for the women’s seconds in an upcoming match stands between realising this achievement for a second year running. But this ambition does not end at semis, and both first teams look to improve upon their third and fourth place finishing positions at BUCS finals in Leeds on the 23rd and 24th March. The teams are also in strong positions in both the SSS League and for claiming the Scottish universities’ Scots Cup.
This year’s 125th milestone is testament to the commitment of the club’s members, and the swimmers’ year of dedicated training and hard work looks to be paying off. 2012 saw huge successes for EUSWPC and given the laudable performances in the first semester, this term promises bigger and better things for this coming March.

Megan Duff