Two golds among nine-medal haul for University of Bath students at 2018 BUCS National Swimming Champs

13 November 2018

Tom Derbyshire and Luke Turley strike gold as student-swimmers at the University of Bath pick up a horde of medals at the BUCS National Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Sport & Exercise Science student Derbyshire, who is supported through a British Swimming Scholarship and made his senior British debut at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, took gold in the men’s 1,500m freestyle with a dominant display that saw him break the 15-minute mark and win the title by a resounding 18 seconds. Team Bath’s William Ryley placed third in a time of 15:22.76 to join his Blue & Gold team-mate on the podium.

Derbyshire’s fine form continued in the 400m freestyle where he bagged silver in a time of 3:47.83.

Tom Dean won silver in both the 200m and 400m IM

Team Bath dominated the men’s 800m freestyle with a one-two finish which saw Turley, a Goldsmith Sporting Scholar, win gold after a superb swim (8:00.15) and Mathew Wright take silver (8:11.53). Both are coached by Mark Skimming and Andrei Vorontsov in the London 2012 Legacy Pool.

Santander Sporting Scholar Tom Dean – who, like Derbyshire, is part of the British Swimming National Centre Bath training group at the University – collected three medals in his debut BUCS competition.

His first silver was in the men’s 400m individual medley where he achieved a quick time of 1:57.64, just missing out on gold to Max Litchfield who set a competition record. Setting a time of 4:14.56, his second silver came in the men’s 200m individual medley and finally he won bronze in the 200m freestyle with a solid time of 1.45:79.

Jacob Greenow won 200m backstroke bronze

Natural Sciences student Jacob Greenow, who is also a Santander Sporting Scholar, was another Team Bath athlete to pick up a medal after winning bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke event with a confident swim time of 1:56.74.

Despite missing out on a medal, Sport & Exercise Science student Filippos Iakovidis made history by breaking the Cypriot national record for both the 50m and 100m backstroke events with respective times of 25.52 and 56.47.

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Pictured top: Freestyle swimmers Matthew Wright, Luke Turley, Tom Derbyshire and William Ryley were all on the podium for the University of Bath at the 2018 BUCS National Swimming Championships.

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