24 Feb 2015
Loughborough Students dominate BUCS Nationals
Loughborough’s students showed their class with a dominant display at the BUCS Nationals held in Sheffield.
In athletics Loughborough Students AC retained the indoor men’s and women’s titles with a great show of strength in depth.
Amy Allcock retained her women’s 400m title and improved upon her own championship best set last year to 53.19.
Amy was also part of the the 4x 200m relay winning team that confirmed Loughborough’s overall victory in the women’s competition.
The men also retained their title with Dan Gardner winning the pole vault comfortably with 5.35m ahead of team mate Liam Yarwood.
In swimming team pride and spirit shone through in the long course championships as Loughborough retained their men’s, women’s and overall titles.
This was typified by Scottish Commonwealth Games representative, Aisha Thornton, who fought off a chest infection to open the proceedings with a fine victory in the 800m freestyle, and take silver in the 400m freestyle.
There were also victories for Commonwealth swimmers Rachael Kelly and Adam Barrett, alongside team mates Andrew Weatheritt, Sophie Smith, Emma Wilkins, Joe Ellwood and double Olympian Laurent Carnol from Luxembourg.
The overall standings saw Loughborough claim 337 points, ahead of rivals Bath who finished in second place with 245.
In badminton Loughborough students claimed four of the five titles on offer and the largest ever medal haul by one University in BUCS history.
The women’s singles, mixed and women’s doubles finals were all Loughborough affairs. Chloe Birch beat Tanapat Pisitpong to take home the women’s singles title.
Chloe returned alongside partner Kerri Scott to take home a silver medal in a close women’s doubles as Jenny Moore and Viki Williams brought gold medals back to Loughborough.
Jenny then teamed up with Greg Mairs to beat Viki Williams and Conor Bambrick in the mixed doubles. Greg and Conor then combined to win the men’s doubles title, Loughborough’s fourth of the event.
The student sport attention now turns to BUCS Big Wednesday - the culmination of the team sport programme - with over 40 fixtures taking place taking place on campus at Loughborough University on 24 and 25 March.
To follow the fortunes of our teams as they look to qualify for BUCS Big Wednesday visit the Loughborough Sport website.