Its athletes once again impressed on the world stage in Birmingham by securing four more podium places to take the overall medal total to 30.
In swimming, Alumnus James Wilby completed a phenomenal personal meet at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre by winning gold – his second of the Games – in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay.
He helped England edge out Australia in a dramatic race as the crowd roared their approval with the home nation finishing a tight first.
Following the victory, he said: “It’s a really important race to us, we really enjoy doing relays. To be able to just pip the Aussies is really good. We’re all carrying a lot of fatigue but we put it in when it mattered.”
Earlier, in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle, current student Daniel Wiffen won silver for Northern Ireland after a brilliant swim.
The 21-year-old, who had told Loughborough Sport that he aimed to medal in Birmingham, recorded a stunning lifetime best and new Irish record of 14:15.79.
In a race of true endurance, he remained neck-and-neck with eventual winner Sam Short before the Australian began to pull away at 900m. Wiffen continued to battle hard to win a historic medal, touching the wall ahead of England’s Luke Turley in third.
He will now return home with his head held high as prior to Birmingham 2022, Northern Ireland had never won a medal in the pool.
In the same race, fellow Loughborough student Toby Robinson finished just outside the medals in fourth with a superb swim of his own.
Northern Ireland's Daniel Wiffen celebrates with the silver medal after the Men's 1500m Freestyle Final. Image provided PA/Alamy.
In the final race of an exhilarating night, Loughborough swimmers recorded a brilliant bronze in the Women’s 4x100m Medley.
Current Geography student Lauren Cox, Loughborough-based Anna Hopkin, and the College’s Molly Renshaw (alongside Lauren Stephens) clocked 3:59.44 to overtake South Africa to make the podium and claim yet another medal for Team England.
Cox, who recorded a split of 1:00.72, said: “It has been such a good meet and the crowd has got everyone through it, they’ve been fantastic.”
Over in athletics, Loughborough’s night was capped off in perfect style as College graduate Daryl Neita clinched bronze in the Women’s 100m.
At a bouncing Alexander Stadium, Neita registered a personal best in the semi-finals with a time of 10.90 before hitting the podium in the final in 11.07.
She said: “It’s great to get a Commonwealth medal and I ran a PB [10.90] in the semi, so I’m in fantastic shape. I just need to perform better in these finals.”
Loughborough athletes have now won 11 golds, ten silvers, and nine bronze medals.
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