Commonwealth Games swimmers head BUCS challenge

08 February 2011

ommonwealth Games swimmers Michael Jamieson, Andrew Willis and Jess Dickons will head the University of Bath challenge at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) long course championships this weekend.

The trio are members of the University of Bath team contesting the championships which take place in Sheffield from Friday (11 February) to Sunday (13 February).

Student swimmers from the British Gas Intensive Training Centre and the University of Bath’s performance group will join members of the student training group in the University’s team for Sheffield.

The championships are a stepping stone towards the British Championships next month, which in turn are one of the trials for the World Championships.

Mark Skimming, University of Bath head swimming coach, said: “We came third in the BUCS short course championships and we’re looking to match that at the long course championships this weekend.”

One of the highlights of the weekend is expected to be the 200m breaststroke final, which should see Sports Performance student Jamieson (pictured right), who struck silver for Scotland at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, face Wills (Chemical Engineering), who finished fourth in the same event representing England. Luxembourg’s Laurent Carnol, swimming for Loughborough, should also feature.

Mechanical Engineering student Paul Sutherland returns to action after putting in some particularly impressive performances to help the University of Bath win division one of the BUCS Southern regional team qualifiers at the weekend. He was at the pool and ready for action at midday on Saturday, despite stepping of a flight from Florida at 9am following a training stint in the USA. The University teams won the division one and division two heats to qualify for their respective finals.

The University of Bath team for Sheffield also features Katie Speller (Sport and Exercise Science), Alexander Beaton (French and Spanish with European Studies),  Sara Parfett (Biology) (pictured) and Eamon Rivers (Civil Engineering).

For further information please contact the Team Bath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518.

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