Proud, Willmott, And More Clock Fast Times At BUCS Championships

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Long Course Championships

The Loughborough team came out on top of the combined standings earlier this month at Britain’s BUCS Long Course Championships.

The meet also presented Top Male and Top Female awards, which, rather than being high point awards for the meet, were presented to the two swimmers with the most FINA points. Those awards went to Ben Proud of UCP Marjon and Aimee Willmott of East London.  

If Proud wasn’t an international sprinting threat before, he certainly is now. He broke his own British national record in the 50 free at the meet, swimming 21.73 to tie for fourth in this season’s rankings. That swim was also a championship record, and he set another championship record in the 100 free with 49.10, which ranks 21st internationally.

2015-2016 LCM Men 50 Free

2Bruno
FRATUS
BRA21.37*relay12/18
3Anthony
ERVIN
USA21.4008/12
4Cameron
McEVOY
AUS21.4404/13
5Andrii
GOVOROV
UKR21.4608/11
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Willmott headlined her weekend with a winning performances in the 200 back (2:12.20), the 400 IM (4:36.21) and the 800 free (8:36.00), setting new championship records in both the 800 and the 400 IM. Her signature 400 IM was the most impressive of the bunch, and it would have given her a fourth-in-the-world ranking if she hadn’t already swam 4:34.82 at the Flanders Speedo Cup in January.

2015-2016 LCM Women 400 IM

KatinkaHUN
HOSSZU
08/06
4.26.36*WR
2Maya
DiRADO
USA4.31.1508/06
3Mireia
BELMONTE
ESP4.32.3908/06
4Hannah
MILEY
GBR4.32.5408/06
5Elizabeth
BEISEL
USA4.33.5505/13
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The British swimmers set five other championship records this weekend, including Anna Hopkins of Bath’s 25.17 50 free (good for 25th in the world rankings), Jocelyn Ulyett of Loughborough’s 2:28.45 200 breast, her teammate Tim Shuttleworth‘s 15:19.57 1500 free, Antony James of Bath’s 52.77 100 fly, and Max Litchfield of Sheffield Hallam’s 4:20.68 in the 400 IM.

Loughborough’s overall dominance at the meet came from 12 individual wins and often placing multiple swimmers in championship finals.

Edinburgh proved dominant in the relay events, with Loughborough often taking the second or third slot. Edinburgh’s team won the women’s 400 free relay (Emily Jones, Raquel Matos, Kathryn Johnstone, Lucy Hope: 3:48.68), the men’s 400 free relay (Chris McColm, Ross Gale, Suleman Butt, Jack Thorpe: 3:27.02), and the women’s 400 medley relay (Hope, Johnstone, Matos, Jones: 4:09.90).

Top 5 Combined Team Scores:

  1. Loughborough: 303
  2. Bath: 223
  3. Edinburgh: 194
  4. Northumbria: 153
  5. Stirling: 128

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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