The University of Bath men’s and women’s teams produced some strong performances to finish runners-up at the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Short Course Championships.
Among the top performances was Michael Jamieson’s swim in the 200m breaststroke – the Sports Performance student set a BUCS record of 2:07.04 to take gold. His performance earned him the Male Swimmer of the Championships plaudit. Andrew Willis, who trains alongside Jamieson at the British Swimming Intensive Training Centre (ITC), took bronze in the same event.
Jess Dickons, the reigning World University Games long course tile holder for the 200m butterfly, collected the BUCS short course record in the same discipline with a BUCS record of 2:07.42. The Sports Performance student also won bronze in the 100m butterfly.
Hayley Towner completed a 100m and 400m freestyle double and also added silver in the 200m. Jenny Oldham won the 50m backstroke title and took silver in the 100m backstroke, while Charlie Barnes won bronze in the 100m breaststroke.
There was also a silver for Calum Jarvis in the 200, backstroke, and bronze for Richard Butler in the 200m freestyle.
University of Bath swimmers won medals in each of the four relays, with the women’s 4x50m medley relay quartet adding to the gold medal tally. The men’s team took silver. The men’s 4x50m freestyle relay team won silver and the women’s team took bronze.
Student swimmers from the British Gas Intensive Training Centre and the University of Bath’s performance group joined members of the student training group in the University’s team for the championships at Sheffield.
Some 44 teams took part in the championships and the University of Bath finished second in both the men’s and women’s competitions and the overall competition.
Mark Skimming, Team Bath head swimming coach, said: “This was another strong set of performances with both the men’s and women’s team finishing as runners-up in the overall team competitions. It’s the first time for a number of years that the men have finished runners-up after a number of third places, so that was particularly pleasing.”
The University of Bath is The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’ 2011/2012.
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