University are runners-up at BUCS swimming champs

13 February 2012

The University of Bath swimming team finished runners-up at the overall British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Long Course Championships at the weekend.

Calum Jarvis and Jenny Oldham both won one individual event each and were runners-up in another at the championships in Sheffield.

Jarvis, a University of Bath Sports Performance student, won the 200m freestyle final in 1:51.83 and came second in the 200m backstroke.  He was also a member of both the men’s 4x100m freestyle and medley relay quartets that took silver medals.

Richard Butler, David Kellaway and Eamon Rivers also featured in the freestyle relay team with Paul Sutherland joining Jarvis, Rivers and Butler in the medley relay team. Jarvis and Butler are both Intensive Training Centre Swimming Scholars.

Sports Performance student Oldham won the 50m backstroke title in 29.73 and finished runner-up in the 100m backstroke.

There were also bronzes for Justin Austin in the 50m backstroke and Sutherland in the 200m breaststroke.

University of Bath quartets finished just outside the medals in both women’s relays, coming fourth.

Mark Skimming, University of Bath head swimming coach, said: “It was a really good team effort. Quite a few of our big hitters from the Bath ITC (Intensive Training Centre) were away at a training camp, while many other teams were at full strength, but the team stood up well and produced some strong performances.”

The University of Bath men’s team finished second, with the women’s teams coming fourth and the team finishing second in the overall rankings.

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