1 Semester Highlights

Edinburgh University Swimming and Water Polo Club continue to go from strength to strength this year, achieving success both in and out of the pool. A record 175 members signed up this year! If the first semester is anything to go by, we are in store for a cracking second semester.

Our 1st swimming teams have been off to fast starts this season, coming third at BUCS Short Course and breaking a 9 year old BUCS record in the 4x100 Women's Medly Relay along the way. Lucy Hope and Kathryn Johnstone also recorded individual performances, earning gold in the 100 free and 100 breast respectively. A full report can be found here: swimpolo.eusu.ed.ac.uk/?q=node/91.

The water polo teams have been equally successful. In BUCS the Women's 1sts go into the Christmas break undefeated. Victories against Sheffield Hallam (13-10), Newcastle (13-7), Loughborough (13-8, 21-0), and Durham (6-5, 10-6). In addition they won the SSS Water Polo Championship as well as the Scottish National Water Polo Championship. Suffice to say confidence in the team is sky high. The Men's 1st team currently sit 2nd in the league behind rival Durham. Two unlucky defeats to Durham (8-9, 14-10) and some dubious referring contributed to their 4-goal loss to Loughborough (11-15), but strong wins against Sheffield Hallam (11-10), Northumbria (12-7, 14-9), Leeds (9-7), and Loughborough (12-7) puts the team in a good position to comfortably qualify for the Championship.

The Women's 2nd team has been less fortunate in the Scottish 1A division, losing five games on the bounce but beat RGU 1sts 13-5. There have been, however, some stand out performance from Freshers on the team so the future certainly looks bright! Men's 2nds have been more fortunate, recording 2 wins and 1 loss so far – with an outstanding 11-10 win vs fierce rivals Glasgow 1sts!

The club is proud to be home to a wide variety of athletes. With the Rio Olympics coming closer and closer we are highlighting some of members who will hopefully qualify. You can read the profiles here: http://swimpolo.eusu.ed.ac.uk/?q=node/84. Kathryn Johnstone and Olivia White also talked about female participation in sport with The Student http://www.studentnewspaper.org/this-edinburgh-girl-can/.

On the administrative side the club has adopted a new constitution. This was done to bring it in-line with new Scottish Swimming SwiMark regulations. Six members also undertook a lifeguarding course and look to be certified in the New Year. In October, EUSWPC hosted the SSS Reffin’ Brilliant course which accredited 23 new water polo referees in Scotland, including eight of our own club members. Finally, in aid of MacMillan Cancer, the club is selling naked calendars for 2016. Any interested parties should contact euswpccalendar@gmail.com.

Message from the President Jenkins:

“I’d like to thank every club member for their hard work this semester, both in and out the pool - especially the committee who put so much effort in that often goes unseen. Our enviable reputation as one of the top university sports clubs relies just as much on those working behind the scenes - our volunteers, officials, and coaches - as the athletes winning gold in the water. I sincerely believe that our successful club structure and competitive & social ethos will continue to prove itself as a winning formula at every level in 2016, from local right up to Olympic.”