Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

News and events

Latest news from Loughborough University

15 February 2010 | PR 19/17

Clear water between Loughborough's swimmers and the rest

Loughborough University's swimmers blew the competition clean out of the water at the British Universities Championships last weekend as they claimed the Men's, Women's and Overall Team titles at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Caitlin McClatchey opened the proceedings by taking the women's 400m freestyle in a new record time of 4:10.20; teammate Louisa Farrer Fisher finishing 3rd in 4:15.28.

Joe Roebuck cruised the 400m IM to win in 4:23.74 before going on to win the 200m fly (2:02.92) and the 200m IM in a quality time of 2:02.78.

Jade Barclay raced to a lifetime best of 2:13.48 to strike gold in the 200m butterfly whilst Kirsty Armstrong put in a blistering final 50m to take bronze in 2:17.25.

McClatchey also sprinted to glory in the 100m freestyle (56.81) while the rapidly improving Kate Weaver took bronze in 58.08. In the corresponding men's event, Andy Bushell made the podium in 3rd spot with 52.17.

Loughborough celebrated a sweep of the women's and men's 100m breaststroke titles with Kate Hutchinson taking the women's in 1:11.75 and Laurent Carnol the men's in 1:03.73. Michael Dawson finished superbly to clinch bronze.

Matt Bowe scored valuable points to take silver in the 50m butterfly while Rachel Lefley and Becky Jenkins raced to silver and bronze in the 100m backstroke in times of 1:02.74 and 1:06.03 respectively.

Fifty-metre backstroke world record holder Liam Tancock posted a new championship record time of 54.42 to take the 100m backstroke; James Lovatt securing silver in 57.84.

Both women's and men's gold medal winning medley relays produced two new records; Rachel Lefley leading off the women's in 1:02.04 and Tancock leading off the men's in 53.84. Tancock also received the Top Male Swimmer award.

The University's Director of Swimming Ian Armiger was delighted with the weekend's haul: "The BUCS competition is very important to us and all our people really lifted their game for the weekend. We've got a very strong team and our spirit is excellent," he said.

"Our Personal Best strike rate over the weekend was good and considering it's only mid February we are already ahead of target, so it really bodes well for the rest of the year."

Further afield in South Africa, Loughborough University's Daniel Fogg finished second in the Midmar Mile, the world's largest open water race, while Sophie Casson came fifth in the women's event.


For all media enquiries contact:

Danny  Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T : 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@lboro.ac.uk 
M: 07983 967 278

Notes for editors:

1) BUCS championships final scores:

1st Loughborough 197 pts
2nd Stirling 170
3rd Bath 125

1st Loughborough 193
2nd Swansea 122
3rd Nottingham 114

1st Loughborough 390
2nd Swansea 232
3rd Stirling 203

2) Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

Search news

Contact us

Public Relations Office
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

Tel: 01509 222224
Fax: 01509 223902

Find out more

Page maintained by: publicrelations@lboro.ac.uk
This page was last updated on Wednesday September 21, 2011 10:46