15-16/11/2014: BUCS Short Course 2014-2015

On the weekend of the 15-16th November, Edinburgh University sent their strongest swimmers down to Sheffield for the annual BUCS Short Course swim meet. With impressive individual and team performances, Edinburgh managed to finish in third place with 253 points, behind Loughborough with 338 and, narrowly, Bath with 277.

The weekend began with the heat events for each stroke, and solid performances from Edinburgh’s swimmers saw many of them easily qualify for finals. The first of Saturday’s finals saw success for its Scottish competitors, as Edinburgh’s Raquel Matos achieved 1st place in a time of 28.12 seconds, and her fellow teammate Lucy Hope followed shortly after in 4th position.

It was a successful weekend for Matos, who also came 2nd in the 100m butterfly and 1st again in the 100m backstroke final, and contributed sterling efforts to both relay events. She was not alone, however, as Edinburgh’s women all performed outstandingly across the weekend. Bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth games, Corrie Scott was no exception, racing to 1st place in the 50m breaststroke (31.03) and 2nd place in the 100m. The latter ended in a photo-finish between Scott and fellow Scottish swimmer, Kathryn Johnston, who finished first by a tiny 0.03 seconds. Another of Edinburgh’s performance squad, Emily Jones, attained pole position in the 200m individual medley, and Jenn Davis a laudable 9th place in the gruelling 200m butterfly final.

Speedy swims from Edinburgh’s male squad members also contributed to the team’s overall success, with impressive performances from Richard Schafers who came 3rd in the coveted 50m freestyle in a time of 22.41s, and Kieran McGuckin in both 50m and 100m backstroke finals, in which he secured 4th and 3rd place respectively. The long distance events also favoured Edinburgh’s men, as Calum Tait and Nicholas Quinn finished 3rd and 4th in the 200m breaststroke final.

Combining these efforts, both men’s and women’s relay teams soared to success in the 200m freestyle relay, attaining 2nd and 3rd place. The weekend then drew to a close with the exciting 200m IM relays, which saw both teams secure 2nd place just split-seconds after the Loughborough teams reached the wall.

With these impressive swims at finals, and numerous other club members surpassing their personal best times throughout the weekend’s heats, Edinburgh University’s swim club looks in a strong position to come back for next semester’s Long Course competition even fitter and faster.