University of Glasgow’s 2016 Rio Olympian Camilla Hattersley was in winning form during the British University & Colleges Swimming Championships (BUCS Long Course) in Sheffield from 17-19 February.
Just as she did during the short course meet last November, Hattersley collected a brace of gold medals with impressive wins in the 400 and 800m freestyle events. She also placed sixth in the 200m freestyle and formed part of the University of Glasgow team that reached the finals of both relay events – of which the medley relay also included Emily Walsh on the breaststroke leg.
University of the West of Scotland (UWS) biology student Craig McNally got his long course season off to a strong start with a hat-trick of medals in the men’s backstroke events, powering to silver in the 100m event and battling hard for bronze in both 50m and 200m distances.
University of Strathclyde swimmer Chris Lowther again demonstrated his prowess with three top ten finishes in the distance events: 6th in the 1500m freestyle, as well as an 7th place finish in the 400m IM and 8th in the 400m freestyle. Ryan Brown (UWS) raced to 7th position in the 200m butterfly and combined with McNally, Jack McComish and Alistair Kirkwood to give UWS a well deserved 6th place in the 4x100m medley relay. McComish reached a final of his own with a 9th place finish in the 200m breaststroke, while Kirkwood did likewise in the 100m butterfly.
Recent newcomer to Glasgow, Greg Watson (University of Strathclyde) reached the finals of both 50m and 100m backstroke events, securing 10th and 8th place finishes respectively. In the women’s events Victoria Milburn (UWS) swam well to place 8th in the 200m IM final.
The final team points scores showed UWS in 10th overall on 52 points, University of Glasgow 13th (42 points) and University of Strathclyde 21st (23 points). Individually, the collective Glasgow contingent won 5 medals and raced in 12 finals.
Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the results: “This was the first long course outing of the season for many of the group and it enabled us to accurately assess how the winter training has been going so far. There were several strong performances from the squad and it was excellent to see the overall group of athletes from Glasgow institutions becoming more and more competitive at this event.”
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News courtesy of Glasgow Swim Team.