News Archive, Category: Swimming

Rachel Shaw, Alex Lane and Anna Hopkin have been named as MJ Church Ambassadors, October 2017

Rachel Shaw, Alex Lane and Anna Hopkin proud to join family of MJ Church Ambassadors

24 October 2017

Team Bath Netball Superleague star Rachel Shaw plus badminton player Alex Lane and swimmer Anna Hopkin, both reigning national champions in their respective sports, are the latest Team Bath athletes to be named as MJ Church Ambassadors. They will join the likes of Paralympic silver-medallist Piers Gilliver (wheelchair fencing) and Olympians Ben Fletcher (judo) and Joe Choong (modern pentathlon) in bringing Team Bath’s partnership with MJ Church alive by attending events and inspiring the company’s...

University of Bath-based swimming medallists named in Team England squad for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

04 October 2017

University of Bath-based trio Andrew Willis, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and James Guy are among the first group of swimmers to be selected by Team England for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. All three are part of the successful high-performance British Swimming National Centre at the Sports Training Village and all won medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. O’Connor – coached by David McNulty in the London 2012 Legacy Pool – enjoyed a particularly successful...

University of Bath named as Sports University of the Year in Good University Guide 2018

22 September 2017

The University of Bath has been named as the UK’s top sports university in the influential The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award is based on the quality of its world-class sporting facilities, the performance of its student sports teams and the ranking of its sports-related subjects, with Sports Science also topping the Guide’s ranking table for the subject. Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis...

Mark Skimming and Dr Andrei Vorontsov

Olympic swimming coach Dr Andrei Vorontsov returns to University of Bath to work with student squad

21 September 2017

After eight years of preparing Russian and Swedish swimmers for the Olympic Games, world-renowned coach Dr Andrei Vorontsov has returned to the University of Bath to share his expertise with the student team. He has been appointed as Assistant Coach to Head of Swimming Mark Skimming and will work with a talented group of student-athletes that includes British 50m freestyle champion Anna Hopkin, who competed at the World University Games in Taipei last month. Vorontsov...

Anna Hopkin in the London 2012 Legacy Pool, July 2017

Semi-final frustration for Anna Hopkin and Jacob Paul at World University Games

25 August 2017

University of Bath duo Jacob Paul and Anna Hopkin missed out on their respective World University Games finals by the narrowest of margins in Taipei on Friday. Sport & Social Sciences graduate Paul, who was supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship during his time at Bath, finished third in his 400m hurdles semi-final in 50.37 to place ninth overall. There was a similar fate for Sport & Exercise Science student Hopkin (pictured) in the swimming...

Taipei 2017 World University Games logo

Jacob Paul up and running at World University Games as Luke Johnson progresses on two tennis fronts

24 August 2017

University of Bath graduate Jacob Paul made a confident start to his World University Games campaign on Thursday as he won his 400m hurdles heat in Taipei. Paul, who studied Sport & Social Sciences and was supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, clocked 51.38 to book his place in the third of Friday’s semi-finals (10.57am BST). In the swimming pool, MJ Church ambassador Jay Lelliott had to settle for a fifth-placed finish in the 800m...

Athlete Jenny Nesbitt is a Trendell Sports Scholar for 2015-16

Jenny Nesbitt battles heat and humidity to finish a fantastic fifth in World Uni Games 10,000m final

23 August 2017

University of Bath sporting scholar Jenny Nesbitt finished a fantastic fifth in a challenging 10,000m final at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei. Torrential rain delayed the athletics evening session for one hour, then the 90% humidity and temperatures in the mid-30s caused several athletes to suffer heat exhaustion once the race eventually got under way. Sport & Social Sciences student Nesbitt, supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, produced a stellar effort to claim...

Jay Lelliott (centre) finished fifth in the 1500m freestyle final at the 2017 World University Games

Narrow medal miss for Jay Lelliott as tennis ace Luke Johnson makes strong start to World Uni Games

22 August 2017

University of Bath swimmer Jay Lelliott narrowly fell short of a second medal on day four of the World University Games in Taipei. The Sports Performance graduate, an ambassador for Team Bath partners MJ Church and coached by Mark Skimming in the London 2012 Legacy Pool, was involved in a three-way battle for bronze throughout a gruelling 1,500m freestyle final on Tuesday. There was nothing to choose between Lelliott, Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta and Shingo Nayaka...

Maximise your sporting potential – try out for our Futures Athlete Development programme

22 August 2017

Young sportspeople looking to maximise their potential and gain an added advantage on their sporting journey are being invited to attend a free screening day for the 2017-18 Team Bath Futures Athlete Development programme. Taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday, September 9, the screening day will test the physical fitness, speed and power of current and aspiring members of the talent development scheme. They will also receive an introduction...

Jay Lelliott won 400m freestyle silver at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei

Mixed emotions for Jay Lelliott after swimmer’s latest World University Games medal

21 August 2017

University of Bath swimmer Jay Lelliott won the third World University Games medal of his career as he took 400m freestyle silver for Great Britain on the opening day of the 2017 championships in Taipei. However, the MJ Church ambassador – coached by Mark Skimming in the London 2012 Legacy Pool – said he was disappointed not to take the gold medal and defend the title he won in South Korea in 2015. Lelliott, who...

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