University swimmers return to BUCS action

University swimmers secure 2nd place in the women’s team competition, and 3rd overall, at the BUCS Short Course Championships in Sheffield.

Taking place between 19 and 21 November, at Ponds Forge ICS in Sheffield, the event represented the return of the BUCS swimming calendar.

As well as the fantastic team performance, there was some brilliant individual performances, with the Postgraduate cohort leading the way.

Kara Hanlon

Kara Hanlon (MSc Sport Policy, Management and International Development)  swept the Breaststroke events going Gold in the 50m and 100m and Silver in the 200m. Monique Olivier (MSc Sport Policy, Management and International Development ) took Gold in the 200 Free and Bronze in the 400 Free. Reigning World University Champion David Cumberlidge (MSc GeoEnergy) continued his return from injury matching is Personal Best time in the Silver in the 50 Free. 

David Cumberlidge

Third year students Scott Gibson (Accounting and Business) and Katie Robertson (Neuroscience) had big weekends. Scott was pivotal in the relays for the men as well as taking Bronze in a hotly contested 50 Backstroke. On the Saturday night, Katie Robertson (Neuroscience) completed in five finals for the team, starting the evening with a fabulous Bronze in the 200m Free and finishing with a huge leg in the 4x50 Free helping the team secure Silver.

For most of the team, this was their first exposure to BUCS completion and some of our first year athletes were superb. Katie Goodburne (Biological Sciences), a sprint specialist, took Silver in the 50m Breast behind Kara for an Edinburgh one-two and Bronze in the 50m Free. She also secured fourth in the 100m Free, in an incredibly close race where 0.2 separated 2nd and 4th.

Ciara Schlosshan (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) took Silver in her signature 200m Fly as well as picking up BUCS points in the 400IM. Second year student Uiseann Cooke (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) made his presence known in the 200m breast claiming Silver, just outside the Irish National record.

Uiseann Cooke

Together the team returned home from Sheffield with 13 medals, 3 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze.

Further information

  • University of Edinburgh Performance Swimming Programme