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17 March 2006 PR 06/27

Loughborough University swimmers win more medals at Melbourne

Celebrations continue at Loughborough University, with three more of its swimmers winning medals at the Commonwealth Games.

David Carry, who trains full-time at the University, secured a Gold medal for Scotland with an outstanding swim in the Men’s 400m Freestyle, and Ross Davenport, who also trains at the campus, won Gold for England in the Men’s 200m Freestyle.

Loughborough student Liam Tancock took Silver for England in the 50m Backstroke, setting a British and Commonwealth record in the process. Speaking about the race he said: “I didn't have a great start but these things happen on the 50m dash. I’m pretty pleased with my first Commonwealth Games. It's great for the sport in England. I didn’t manage to get Gold this time but hopefully I will next time.”

These latest medals are in addition to the two secured on the first day of the Games by Loughborough first year Politics student Caitlin McClatchey, and fellow University swimmer Mel Marshall in the Women’s 200m Freestyle. McClatchey took Gold for Scotland in the race, also setting a British and

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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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