This weekend saw the first round of BUCS swimming take place at Ponds Forge, Hallam showed off their strength by winning 8 medals (including two golds courtesy of Max Litchfield) and placing 6th overall even with some of our highest ranking swimmers unable to compete!
Team Captains Harry Mews and Sara Eckersley had this to say:
'The whole weekend was once again a huge success. Starting off with Sam Budd winning a silver medal in the 1500m free, morale was boosted for the team in the first event! We then saw four of our relay teams smash their heats to secure places in the finals.
Day 2 and there were numerous swimmers breaking their own personal bests in a multitude of events, with even more teams and individuals making it through to finals. Max Litchfield took home a gold in the 400IM, silver in the 200free and a silver in the 200 back, and Olly Crosby took a silver medal in the 50 breastroke B final.
Despite the unusually early start for a sunday, our swimmers were in the pool and breaking more personal bests throughout the morning. With the finals taking place to round off the weekend, we had three swimmers taking home medals, Sam Budd with a Bronze in the 400 free, Olly Crosby taking bronze in the 100 breastroke and Max Litchfield taking gold in the 200IM and silver in the 100 Backstroke. The girls Izzy Grant, Mel Hall, Alice Ball and Martha Duley took gold in the 4x50 medley relay B final.
The whole team swam exceptionally well, with personal bests being broken throughout the whole weekend, there was an incredible team spirit and everyone enjoyed it a huge amount!
A huge thankyou must go out to Luke Smith, our coach for all the hard work hes put into our training the last couple of months and at the weekend. As well as Jack Moulton stepping up and organising the team and helping coach on sunday whilst Luke was absent. Bring on Long course!'
Izzy Grant- 100 fly- 5th, 200 fly - 4th, 200 free 8th
Martha Duley- 50 Back- 10th, 50 free- 6th
Anthony Woodrow- 50 free -10th (B)
Mel Hall- 200fly- 7th
Jack To- 200fly- 7th
Robbie Burton- 50 butterfly 9th (B)
Womens 200 free relay- 8th
Mens 200 free relay 'B'- Hallam B 2nd
Mens 200 free relay- Hallam A 7th
Mens 200 IM Relay 'B' - 5th
Mens 200 IM Relay- 4th