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17 March 2006 PR 06/27

McClatchey strikes Gold for Scotland and Loughborough University at the Commonwealth Games

Loughborough University first year Politics student Caitlin McClatchey struck Gold in a sensational race at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne this morning.

McClatchey won the 200m Freestyle in a hard fought race with Australia’s Libby Lenton. Fellow Loughborough swimmer Mel Marshall took the Bronze medal.

McClatchey, who set a Games record in the race, said: “It means so much to win a Gold medal for Scotland. It's just fantastic. I didn't expect to win the 200m. I knew Libby and Mel were going to go out hard and finish strongly, so I just tried to stay on their shoulders and come back at them at the end.”

McClatchey (19) is the 400m Freestyle British record holder and is ranked in the top three in the world. She took Britain’s first medal – bronze in the 400m Freestyle – on the opening day of the World Swimming Championships in Montreal in July 2005, and was also part of Britain’s fifth-placed 4x200m Freestyle relay team at the Athens Olympics.

In 2005 she won the Sunday Times Student Sportswoman of the Year award.

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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