Magnificent seven golds as University of Bath swimmers shine at Summer Champs

01 August 2016

Swimmers representing the University of Bath finished third in the overall standings after winning 11 medals – seven of them gold – at the British Swimming Summer Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. 

Charlie Attwood, part of the British Swimming National Centre Bath training group, enjoyed a double success in the 19+years 100m and 200m breaststroke, clocking winning times of 1:00.82 and 2:12.11 respectively.

Joe Hulme, also coached by Dave McNulty and Graeme Antwhistle in the London 2012 Legacy Pool, won 200m backstroke gold in 2:01.12 and took silver in the 100m final.

Sports Performance student Jay Lelliott, a MJ Church sporting ambassador coached by Mark Skimming, claimed 200m freestyle gold in 1:48.71 and was runner-up in both the 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle.

World University Games champion Lelliott, supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship, also comfortably set the fastest time in the 1,500m freestyle of 15:04.97, 18 seconds quicker than his nearest challenger.

Training partner Anna Hopkin, a Sport & Exercise Science student, continued her impressive form during 2016 by winning a medal of each colour – 50m butterfly gold in 27.42, 50m freestyle silver and 100m freestyle bronze.

National Centre Bath swimmer Lizzie Simmonds was a silver-medallist in the 100m backstroke.

Four more National Centre Bath swimmers – Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Andrew Willis – will be competing for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next week. Swimming runs from August 6-13.

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