University of Stirling Denies Loughborough Men’s BUCS Title


The 2018 British Universities & Colleges Sport Championships (BUCS) at Ponds Forge concluded yesterday, but not before records fell and history was made. We reported how Loughborough University earned its 15th consecutive team trophy in terms of overall points as follows, but there was a surprise when it came to the specific men’s competition.

Top 5 Teams (Combined) at 2018 BUCS:

  1. Loughborough – 435
  2. Stirling – 380
  3. Edinburgh – 314
  4. Manchester Metro – 193
  5. Bath – 184

While Loughborough won the overall women’s title as well, it was the University of Stirling who took the men’s team title and finished 3rd in the women’s to collect the squad’s best finishes ever.

Top 5 Teams (Women’s) at 2018 BUCS:

  1. Loughborough – 210
  2. Edinburgh – 181
  3. Stirling – 146
  4. Manchester Metro – 125
  5. Birmingham – 83

Top 5 Teams (Men’s) at 2018 BUCS:

  1. Stirling – 234
  2. Loughborough – 225
  3. Bath – 143
  4. Edinburgh – 133
  5. Swansea – 116

Commonwealth Games medalist James Wilby earned the ‘male of the meet’ honors, while Imogen Clark captured the same acknowledgement for the women. Wilby crushed BUCS meet records in both the 50m breaststroke (26.74) and 100m breaststroke (58.07), while Clark clocked a new meet standard in the 50m breast (29.94). Clark also took gold in the 100m breast (1:06.87) and 50m fly (26.84).

In the video above, hear what the BUCS Short Course Championships means to notable athletes Duncan Scott, Max Litchfield and Polly Holden. 

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Given their squad of males over the years I am surprised they didn’t do it sooner. Scotland represented very well.


I expected that sooner or later. Stirling men have long been competitive, but never quite enough. They’ve become a much more attractive set up recently, thus attracting talent from the other constituent countries of the UK, similar to the Edinburgh women, and it has paid off. Hopefully the end of Loughborough domination.


I think the MC athletes play a strong part, something that Loughborough lost.Women’s side was clear, Edinburgh not as strong as earlier in year where a DQ aided them.Exciting meet that BS should maybe encourage slightly more?


Agree! Correct format at correct time of year. More athletes should be in studies.

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