2018 BUCS SC C’ships Day 1: Loughborough On The Move


Night 1 of the 2018 British Universities & Colleges Sport Championships (BUCS) brought the women’s 800m freestyle and men’s 1500m freestyle to Ponds Forge to kick-off the 3-day meet.

Nottingham’s Polly Holden denied Loughborough’s Abbie Wood a 2nd consecutive title in the 800m, winning this year’s gold in a time of 8:26.63. Wood settled for silver this time around in 8:29.16 while Kathryn Greenslade clocked 8:39.70 for bronze.

Last year at this championships Holden finished 8th in a time of 8:46.81, so the 19-year-old vastly improved on her swim to land atop the podium this evening. In fact, her sub 8:30 time tonight checks-in as 11th fastest in the world this season.

For the men, it was Bath University that clinched two medals in the 1500m, led by Tom Derbyshire‘s time of 14:59.97. Sheffield Hallum’s Sam Budd finished in 15:17.75 for a 2nd consecutive silver medal in this event, while Derbyshire’s teammate William Ryley rounded out the top 3 in 15:22.76.

Relays were also on the docket this evening, with Loughborough taking the top 2 spots in the mixed medley relay. The ‘A’ squad clocked 1:42.46 to ‘B’s 1:43.31, while Stirling took bronze in 1:44.52.

A super close race ensued in the women’s 200m freestyle relay, with the top 3 teams separated by just .08. Edinburgh led the pack in 1:43.80, while Loughborough touched a fingernail behind in 1:43.83. Stirling was also right there in the mix, finishing just .05 out of silver and .08 out of gold in 1:43.88.

The men’s edition of the 200m freestyle relay wasn’t nearly as close, with winning team Stirling representing the only squad to dip under 1:30. Stirling raced to the wall first in 1:28.24, while Loughborough touched 2 seconds later in 1:30.25. Bath also landed on the podium in 1:30.94 for bronze.

Team points were not available at the time of publishing.

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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