Six golds among the medal haul as Bath swimmers end 2019 season with competitions in Edinburgh and Amsterdam

16 December 2019

There were gold medals for Kieran Bird, Tom Dean, Tom Derbyshire and Calum Jarvis as University of Bath-based swimmers wrapped up 2019 by impressing at the Scottish National Short-Course Championships in Edinburgh.

Fresh from slicing a massive seven seconds off his personal best while winning 400m freestyle silver at the European Short-Course Championships, Dean (pictured) – supported by a Bill Whiteley Sporting Scholarship – touched the wall first in both the 100m individual medley (54.43) and 200m freestyle (1:42.33). He was also runner-up in the 200m IM (1:54.32).

Fellow British Swimming National Centre Bath swimmer Bird also recorded a double success, winning the 400m freestyle (3:43.37) and leading a Bath 1-2 in the 800m freestyle (7:43.76) ahead of runner-up Derbyshire (7:51.52). Luke Turley was fourth in 7:54.71.

Sport & Exercise Science student Derbyshire took gold in the 1500m freestyle (14:57.72) ahead of Turley (15:13.28), while Sports Performance graduate Jarvis took the 100m butterfly title (52.38) having previously placed third behind Dean in the 200m freestyle (1:44.76).

There were also medals for Georgia Coates (200m freestyle silver, 1:55.64), Chloe Tutton (200m breaststroke silver, 2:25.95; 100m breaststroke bronze, 1:08.42), Jessica Fullalove (50m backstroke bronze, 27.24; 100m backstroke bronze, 59.40) and Cameron Kurle (400m freestyle bronze, 3:45.13).

Meanwhile, the University of Bath student swimming squad – coached by Mark Skimming and Andrei Vorontsov – took on international opposition when they contested Swim Cup Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

William Ryley and Jacob Greenow, supported by Goldsmith and Santander Sporting Scholarships respectively, both reached A finals, with Ryley fourth in the 200m backstroke (2:03.04) and sixth in the 1500m freestyle (15:50.81).

Greenow placed sixth in the 400m IM (4:22.69) and seventh in the 200m IM (2:03.78), while Jasmine Iley was fifth in the 200m backstroke (2:16.12) and Ekaterina Price was seventh in the 200m butterfly (2:23.63).

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