BUCS Short Course 2015

BUCS relays with medals.

The Swim Team returned from a cold Ponds Forge in Sheffield with 16 medals and a solid 3rd overall finish. Held over three days, BUCS Short Course is a UK-wide meet which allows swimmers from all ends of the spectrum compete. Athletes regularly enter in 4 or more races, giving them a speelautomaten chance to test race fitness.

Meet started on the Friday afternoon with Cayman Island stalwart Geoff Butler (11th) and Daniel Fisher (15th) competing in the 1500. Both the men’s and women’s 4x50 free relay comfortably qualified for their respective races. The team started the Saturday sessions as they intended to finish it, with strong performance through out the morning. When the dust had settled, Edinburgh had secured spots in all of the evening’s races.

After an impressive 5th in the 200 Freestyle, Lucy Hope earned her first medal of the meet by earning a bronze in the 50 Back. Kieran McGuckin matched the performance with a bronze in the Men’s event. Both Kathryn and Euan were just touched out at the wall in the 50 Breast, coming 2nd and 4th respectively. Raquel swam a strong 100 Fly, clocking in at 59.19 to come 2nd while teammate Evie came 7th. Playerlayer model Dan Barraclough also came 7th in the Men’s event. After allowing herself a quick break, Lucy returned to the pool to earn a second bronze in the 50m Freestyle. Liv White and Kathyrn Johnstone came a close 2nd and 3rd in the 200m breaststroke. Irish hometown hero Nicholas Quinn came 3rd. The girl’s 4x50m Free Relay earned the team’s first gold, winning in a time of 1:42.37 while the men settled for Bronze.

Sunday continued in similar fashion. Lucy Hope continued her excellent form, tying for 1st in the 100m Freestyle. Kieran came from the middle of the pack to earn bronze. Kathryn continued her domination in the breaststroke category, winning an incredible 5th gold in the 100m. Emily Jones picked up silver for her efforts in the 200IM while Raquel earned another silver in the 50 Fly. Lucy increased her medal haul to 4 with a bronze in the 100m Backstroke. The highlight of the meet came at the end with the Women’s 4x50m Medley relay earning a gold as well as breaking a 9 year old BUCS record and a Scottish record. Anchored by Jack Thorpe, the men earned a strong silver.

Coach Matt Trodden said, “The weekend saw another fantastic weekend for UofE Swimming. With the team in the middle of heavy training toward Olympic Trials, to see both our swimmers make such massive strides in fantastic. There are many highlights to mention but Kathryn Johnstone definently earns a special mention with an incredible 5th BUCS 100m Breaststroke title as well as helping the women crush a 9 year old record. Second year Lucy also put in a stellar performance, earning 1 individual and 2 relay gold medals.” Congratulations to all our swimmers who competed last weekend!