2017 BUCS LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- British Universities & Colleges Sport Championships (LCM)
- Friday, February 17th – Sunday, February 19th
- Ponds Forge, Sheffield
- Meet Central
- Entry Lists
- Meet Preview
- Day 1 Recap
- Live Results
The stars were shining at Ponds Forge tonight, as Olympic medalists Adam Peaty, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Jazz Carlin and James Guy took to the BUCS Long Course Championships pool in special guest appearances. Although they only raced in the prelims portion of today’s events, the big players turned heads with impressive performances.
For reigning 100m breaststroke Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Peaty, he produced a season-best 50m breaststroke time of 27.00 this morning in Sheffield. That just moved past his 27.02 mark from the Euro Meet in Luxembourg and keeps him at the top of the world rankings in the sprint event.
Carlin and Guy reinforced their statuses as GBR’s go-to 200m freestylers, as each led their respective fields this morning in the event, although both haven’t been in the pool more than a couple of months. Carlin scored a modest effort of 2:00.66, well off her usual range of 1:57/1:58 that is typical of her in-season meets, but enough to get the job done today. Guy’s result of 1:47.34, on the other hand, checks in as the 3rd-fastest in the world so far this season, a strong indication that his new Bath environment is suiting him well.
Battling his younger brother, Joe, elder Max Litchfield earned a new BUCS Meet Record in the 400m IM, clocking a time of 4:17.44 for the prelims win. The Sheffield Hallum star finished 4th in this event in Rio, so look for him to be a player once British Championships come to pass in April.
Additional ‘special guest’ performances this morning included Christopher Walker-Hebborn putting up a 50m backstroke time of 25.76, with Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Andrew Willis notching times of 25.62 and 2:15.97 in the women’s 50m freestyle and men’s 200m breaststroke, respectively.
From the student-athlete section, Loughborough’s Jocelyn Ulyett scored a shiny new BUCS Record with her gold-medal winning mark of 2:27.25 in the women’s 200m breaststroke, while teammate Sarah Vasey earned a new meet record in the 50m breaststroke, stopping the clock at 30.78.
University of Stirling’s Olympian Ross Murdoch doubled up on victories tonight, touching in 28.46 to win the 50m breaststroke and 2:13.91 to take the 200m breaststroke event.
In the first relay final of the meet, Edinburgh earned the win for the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay (3:45.24), while Loughborough brought in mega points for the men in a gold medal-winning time of 3:24.07.
Top 3 Team Points (Combined, Through Day 2):
- Loughborough – 214
- Edinburgh – 152
- Bath – 133