2019 BUCS SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 15th-17th
- Ponds Forge ISC, Sheffield
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The 2019 British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Short Course Championships concluded tonight, but not before the University of Stirling put up a valiant fight against the University of Loughborough. Although Loughborough came away with the team title yet again, their 16th consecutive, Stirling gathered a solid amount of points to put the combined team title at risk.
Top 5 Teams in Combined Points as of 3:15 pm Local Time
Among the Stirling standouts was Duncan Scott, the two-time Olympic silver medalist who was in the water nearly 20 times over the course of this 3-day meet. As we reported, he saved his best for (almost) last, clocking a new 200m fly Scottish national record tonight in a time of 1:54.43. You can read more about his gold medal-worthy swim here.
Scott also made it happen in the men’s 200m IM, with the 22-year-old producing a winning effort of 1:54.35 to clear Joe Litchfield of Loughborough who touched in 1:57.94 for silver. Litchfield had finished with the silver behind Scott in the 2fly as well, punching a time of 1:54.72.
French woman Marie Wattel, swimming for Loughborough here, clinched her 3rd and 4th individual titles of the meet. She first won the 100m free in a mark of 52.71 to represent the only finalist under the 53-second threshold. Splitting 25.49/27.22, Wattel’s time was within half a second of her lifetime best of 52.25 notched for 6th place at the 2017 European Short Course Championships.
Wattel was also successful in the women’s 50m fly tonight, reaping gold in 25.82. She put up a career-fastest outing of 25.33 just recently at the International Swimming League (ISL) competition in Budapest.
Craig Benson got on the board for Stirling in the men’s 100m breast, with the two-time Olympian topping the field in a time of 58.95 to win by over a second.
Candice Hall of Loughborough was the clear winner in the women’s 200m IM, clocking a winning effort of 2:10.12 to get to the wall over 3 seconds ahead of her competitors.
The women’s 200m fly saw Scottish national record holder Keanna MacInnes take the top prize in 2:09.00, keeping Sheffield Hallam’s Amy Bell at bay. Bell was the only other swimmer to dip under the 2:10 barrier, securing silver in 2:09.57.
MacInnes owns the Scottish record in this 2fly event with the 2:07.21 delivered at the 2018 Scottish National Championships.
For the meet’s final relays, Loughborough snagged the women’s medley relay title in a time of 1:46.59. Splits for the squad were as follows: Emily Crane 26.94, Imogen Clark 29.52, Marie Wattel 25.21 and Emily Barclay 24.92.
The men’s edition saw Stirling slide into the gold medal spot, courtesy of Scott’s wicked-fast anchor of 20.93. Additional team members’ splits that gave Stirling the winning time of 1:35.99 over Loughborough included 24.59 from Martyn Walton, 26.67 from Craig Benson, and 23.80 from Scott McLay.
- Jack Thorpe gave his Edinburgh team some points via his 48.38 100m free win over David Cumberlidge. The latter hit the wall in 48.52, while Stirling’s Craig McLean rounded out the top 3 in 48.69.
- Britain’s 3rd fastest SCM 100 breaststroker of all-time, Imogen Clark, busted out an effort of 1:06.02 for the win in that event, while teammate Megab Morrison produced a new personal best of 1:06.77 to make it a 1-2 Loughborough finish.
- The women’s 100m back saw Lucy Hope surge to the wall in 59.39, just .06 ahead of runner-up Emily Crane.
- Luke Greenbank secured the 100m back victory in a time of 51.98. He is Britan’s 3rd fastest performer in history with his lifetime best of 50.88 from 2018.