Success in and on the water for University of Edinburgh Athletes

A busy weekend in the pool and on the water saw current and former University of Edinburgh athletes achieve success on a National and International stage.

2021 European Rowing Championships

Polly Swann on the podium

At the 2021 European Rowing Championships, taking place at Lake Varese, Italy, between 9-11 April, a number of Edinburgh University Boat Club Rowers took centre stage for Team GB.

University of Edinburgh Alumna and Olympic silver medallist, Dr Polly Swann, racing with double Olympic Champion Helen Glover, picked up a sensational Gold Medal in the Women’s pairs.

It’s been a long winter, so just to come out and race again – especially with Helen after we last raced together in 2013 – it feels pretty epic. I don’t think we came here expecting to win – we expected to have speed, but it’s really nice to put the cherry on top of the cake and win.

Polly Swann

Current Psychology student Lucy Glover, impressed on her senior debut in the Women’s Quad, helping her crew take Silver and another Alumna, Maddie Artlett, took home a well-earned 5th place against a very competitive field in the lightweight single final.

All the finals are available to watch here

British Para-swimming International Meet

Two University athletes excelled in the pool at the British Para-swimming International meet in Sheffield between 8-11 April.

Stephen Clegg produced a World Record breaking performance in the MC 100m butterfly final of the British Para-Swimming International Meet. After narrowly missing the British Record time in heats, the S12 athlete broke the World Record with a time of 56.75 in the final.

In the 100m Breaststroke final, another Edinburgh Athlete, Scott Quin took Gold in a time of 1:05.97, inside the qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

You can relive all the races from the Meet on the British Swimming YouTube channel

Olympic Swimming Trials

Team GB Trials

Ten Edinburgh Swimmers will compete at the British Olympic Trials, taking place at the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between 14-18 April 2021. The meet offers the opportunity to secure a spot on the plane to Tokyo.

The trials can be viewed live on the British Swimming youtube channel -

Athlete and Competition Schedule

Wednesday 14 April

  • Womens 200m – Lucy Hope
  • Womens 100m Butterfly – Katie Robertson and Tain Bruce

Thursday 15 April

  • Mens 100m Backstroke - Scott Gibson
  • Womens 200m Breaststroke – Kara Hanlon, Annabel Guye-Johnson and Katie Robertson

Friday 16 April

  • Mens 100m Freestyle – Scott Goadby, Jack Thorpe and David Cumberlidge

Saturday 17 April

  • Womens 100m Freestyle – Katie Robertson, Tain Bruce and Lucy Hope
  • Mens 50m Freestyle – Ross Leslie, Scott Goadby and David Cumberlidge
  • Mens 100m Butterfly – Ross Leslie

Sunday 18 April

  • Womens 100m Breaststroke - Kara Hanlon, Annabel Guye-Johnson and Katie Robertson
  • Mens 200m Backstroke – Scott Gibson
  • Womens 50m Freestyle – Lucy Hope
  • Mens 200m Freestyle – Ross Leslie and Scott Goadby

Team Ireland Trials

Two Edinburgh swimmers, Nicholas Quinn and Uiseann Cooke, have also been invited to the trial for the Irish National Team Trials which begin on 20 April.