The University of Bath Swim Team came an overall second at the BUCS Short Course Championships in Sheffield over the weekend, including 17 top three finishes in the process and four gold medals – a result that pleased Team Bath/University of Bath swimming coach Mark Skimming.
Three of the Bath gold medals went to European 400m bronze medallist Jay Lelliot, winning the men’s 200m Butterfly in a time of 1:56.14, the 400m freestyle in 3:46.06 and the 1500m Freestyle (14:58.67). His 1500m time was over 15 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Lelliot also added a bronze in the 200m Freestyle in 1:46.66 and he was part of the relays that won two bronzes. The 4 x 50m Freestyle (1.31.06) relay team was made up of James Clark, Miles Munro, Jay Lelliot and Warren Cannon. The 4 x 50 Medley relay (1.41.23) team was made up of William Harrison, Luke Spain, Jay Lelliot and Warren Cannon.
Matthew Johnson added the fourth gold to the Bath collection as he won the Men’s 400m Individual medley in a time of 4:16.76, leading from start to finish to take the title. Johnson also took silver in the 200m Butterfly (1.57.59) which secured a Bath one-two with Lelliot.
The other men’s medallist was Santander student William Harrison who took bronze in the 200m backstroke in 1:59.32.
In the women’s events Anne Bochmann took silver in the 400m freestyle in a time of 4:13.00 splitting a Loughborough pairing as the further women’s events were a hatful of bronze medals,
Trendell Scholarship student Alexandra Kaye took two of those bronzes – in the 400m and 200m Individual medleys (4:46.32 and 2:14.37) – and Rebecca Swales also picked up two in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events (31.65 and 1.08.80). Anna Hopkin picked up a bronze in the 50m freestyle in a time of 25.65 and Stephanie Reynolds in the 100m backstroke (1:02.06).
The women’s 4 x 50m free team made up of Anna Hopkin, Katherine Shaw, Rebecca Marshall and Anne Bochmann took silver in a hotly contested race between Bath, Loughborough and Sheffield Hallam. In the medley relay the team (Reynolds, Swales, Hopkin and Marshall) took third.
After the success of the weekend Head Coach Mark Skimming said ‘The University of Bath Swimming Team did an excellent job this weekend, producing a high level of consistency throughout the weekend to achieve some very positive results. It was a great team effort with everyone supporting each other well.
“I am very proud of this team producing such a good result especially as their training has been restricted and much more travel has been introduced due to the pool refurbishment. We are all looking forward to returning to the University pool when it is completed, but would like to thank the facilities at Monkton Coombe School, Everyone Active Bristol South and Bristol Hengrove for fitting us into their busy pools programme and helping us achieve this result.’
Next up for the team is the BUCS Teams South Round which is taking place in Norwich on Sunday 30th November where Bath hope to field three teams in three divisions hoping to challenge for all the south division titles and qualifying for the national finals taking place in early 2015.