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20 March 2006 PR 06/28

Loughborough University’s medal haul continues in Melbourne

What a fantastic Commonwealth Games Melbourne is turning out to be, not only for the home nations but also for Loughborough University.

With students, graduates, and athletes training full time at the University, spread across the home nations teams, Loughborough’s total medal haul, particularly from the pool, is mounting to the levels enjoyed in Manchester in 2002. At this Games Loughborough’s athletes generated 18 medals for the home nations, including seven Golds.

David Carry

Already in Melbourne 2006 the University’s students, graduates and athletes have made an impact, winning medals of all types in the pool and in the Rugby Sevens, setting records and producing world-class performances. The Loughborough medal count is now up to 16 in Melbourne.

Loughborough’s medal standings to date are:

Gold medals

Caitlin McClatchey (Scotland)
200m Freestyle – British and Commonwealth record, and 400m Freestyle
Current student: Politics

Liam Tancock (England) 100m Backstroke – British and Commonwealth record
Current student: Loughborough College

David Carry (Scotland) 400m Freestyle
Trains full time in Loughborough University swim programme

Ross Davenport (England) 200m Freestyle
Trains full time in Loughborough University swim programme

Alex Scotcher (England) 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Current student: Politics, International Relations and European Studies
With Dean Milwain and Ross Davenport
Both train full time in Loughborough University swim programme

David Carry (Scotland) 400m Individual Medley – British record
Trains full time in Loughborough University swim programme

Silver medals

Liam Tancock (England) 50m Backstroke – British & Commonwealth record
Current student: Loughborough College

James Gibson (England) 100m Breaststroke
Current student: Politics, International Relations and European Studies

Euan Dale (Scotland) 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Current student: Business School
With David Carry
Trains full time in Loughborough University swim programme

Mel Marshall (England) 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Graduate 2005: Loughborough College
With Julia Beckett
Current student: Sports Science

Mel Marshall (England) 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Graduate 2005: Loughborough College
With Amy Smith
Current student: Sports Science
And Ros Brett
Graduate 2001: Sports Science

Mel Marshall (England) 200m Backstroke
Graduate 2005: Loughborough College

Andy Vilk (England) Rugby Sevens
Graduate 2003: Geography

Euan Dale (Scotland) 400m Individual Medley
Current student: Business School

Bronze medals

Mel Marshall (England) 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke
Graduate 2005: Loughborough College

For a full update on the achievements of Loughborough University’s athletes in the 2006 Commonwealth Games visit:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/publicity/commonwealth_games/

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Notes for editors:

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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