Loughborough student Emma Hollis claimed two world records at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) 2011 Short Course Swimming Championships in Sheffield. Emma, who studies Geography at the University, broke the world record for the S8 category 800 metres freestyle, beating the previous best by almost 37 seconds in a time of 10.55:33.
The following day Emma recorded a second world record in the S8 400 metres individual medley, racing to a time 6:10.57 and beating the existing record by some 35 seconds. Speaking after the swim Emma said: “It’s crazy, all the hard work has finally paid off, when I looked up I didn’t believe the scoreboard was right.”
Emma has had a strong year, winning five medals at the 2011 International Paralympic Committee European Championships in Berlin. She is now setting her sights on qualifying for the Paralympic Games later this year.
Director of Swimming Ian Armiger added: “Emma decided three months ago that she was going to target this event, but to smash two world records by such large margins is an exceptional performance.”
Loughborough reclaimed the Short Course Championships with a winning score of 370, an impressive 95 points ahead of rivals Bath in second place. Other highlights came from Rachel Lefley, Kate Hutchinson, Melanie Nocher and Tom Laxton, who all broke BUCS championship records. There were also three first place finishes by Roberto Pavoni, along with James Doolan and Laurent Carnol who won their two events.
A feature about Emma can be found on the University’s London 2012 website.