Varsity 2019!

[09/03/2019]

For the FIFTH year running, UCL beat Kings at Varsity!!

This year, we won by a whopping 157-95 points! Congratulations to all our competitive swimmers for some really amazing swims and great team spirit throughout!

Of course, in true UCLSC fashion, we had to celebrate this fantastic result afterwards! With the library bar at Student Central pre-booked, everyone from UCLSC, UCL Waterpolo, and both equivalent teams from Kings all came together for a fun night to remember!

Bring on Varsity 2020!!

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London League Round 3!

[03/03/2019]

For the third year in a row, UCLSC have come out as London league swimming champions!! This year we won by a massive 130 points! Congratulations to everyone for superb swims and always amazing effort! Also, a special shoutout to Kai, our lovely long-time member who volunteered to be timekeeper for yet another year!

London League Round 2

[24/11/2018]

The second round of London League was held at Ethos sports centre at Imperial, and as expected, we smashed the competition and are well on our way to becoming London League champions once again!

Congratulations to our competitive members that participated, we can’t wait to see you race again in March for the final round!

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London League Round 1

[27/10/2018]

October 27th marked the FIRST round of London league!!

Held in Mile End Park Leisure Centre & Stadium, the warm up began at 5PM and before long our swimmers were racing away! We’re proud to say our team DOMINATED the competition, and came out on top by 47 points! To celebrate, the competitive swimmers and fitness supporters all went out to Kitchen Pizzeria afterwards for a well-deserved meal!

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Cambridge Gala 2018!!

[20/10/2018]

Every year, our competitive team participates in the Cambridge gala (hosted by Cambridge university, funnily enough), and unsurprisingly, our members swam excellently once again! It was great to see amazing effort from everyone, and loads of team spirit shown from fitness members who travelled the long distance as well to support our team! Although we were beaten by the two Cambridge teams, we proudly took Bronze and celebrated this well with a delicious meal at the Raja Cambridge, followed by lots of dancing at The Regal! Safe to say, the coach journey back to London had many more sleepy swimmers than it did on the way!

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Of course, we also had to have a fancy dress theme for the night.. this year’s was DISNEY! We’re proud (?) to say our swimmers put in almost as much effort in their costumes as they did their swimming!!

BUCS SC

On Friday 9th November, we began the journey up North to race at BUCS Short-Course. With a variable amount of training under our respective belts and an optimistic amount of uni work in our bags, we were off… and here’s what happened:

• We started the competition off with a bang in the form of freestyle relays – representing the women’s team was Rebecca, Celia, Anna and Kate and representing the men’s team was Alvin, Justin, Dan and James – nothing like a good relay to get the team bonding going

• Alvin showed us what he could do by smashing the 50 back club record and qualifying for the B final! Followed by setting, yet another, club record in the 200 back, in a time of 2.14.95 – could this be a new rival for President Louis Seller??
• JJ following suit with another club record in the 50 breast and also making it into a B final! But he wasn’t done there, stepping it up in the final he went on to achieve a national time as a cheeky bonus!!

• Celia showing absolutely zero fear in taking on (and completing) the 400IM
• Emily may not have been at BUCS this year but George heroically took over the role of showing the freshers what happens you don’t train… setting an example for why you should really ‘start swimming more’
• A nail-biting swim off between JJ and a rival from Swansea in the 50fc had the crowd on the edge of their seats and JJ with a new pb of 23.46!
• We finished Saturday off in style with both a Men and Women’s 4x50m medley relay – with the Men’s team taking yet another club record #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
• Starting off bright and early on Sunday morning, Men’s captain Dan Schindler and new kid on the block (no pun intended) Celia Gaier braved the 200m fly and walked away (even if very slowly) as new club record holders!

• You might have thought you’d heard the last of ex-prez JJ but he’s back!! This time with another club record in the 100m breast with a 1.04.39 – not too shabby, eh?
• Leon then qualified for the team’s 3rd final of the weekend in his 50m fly – making a 25.13 look like eaaasy work
• Finally, last but DEFINITELY not least we had Goggy placing 4th in the final heat of the 400m free and earning 5th position overall! Not that anyone was surprised by this – you can always count on Goggy (even if she also swam at Arena League the night before :O)

So overall (I’m sure you’ve lost count by now) we broke a grand total of… *drumroll please* 10 CLUB RECORDS!! A fantastic weekend of swimming with some fantastic people – bring on BUCS LC!

Captain Dan Schindler competing in the 200m fly

London League 2018 – CHAMPIONS (again)

Grim pool. Sunday. End of term. BUT WE STILL LIGHT UP LONDON LEAGUE BECAUSE WE CAN.

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Smiling through the LONGEST EVER GALA (was it close to 3.5 hours?)

In the mistiest of 33 metre pools, lacking any T-marks, and with our block pointing towards pool side rather than our lane, UCL overcame all obstacles to hold on to our London League crown.

This was in spite of a great effort From LUST’s A * cough * alumni * cough * team…LUST’s A team.

Great swims came from most, with a few questionable swims later on in the evening (if you know, you know). Nevertheless, we managed to hold onto our London League crown over the three legs, with 146 points (10 points ahead of second place LUST’s A) in this leg, to successfully defend the title for the first time in UCL history! Another achievement to add to the long list oi oi!

First of all, this was also the last competition for Ellen!

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After being Captain, Vice President, and then Social Sec, it’s fair to say that Ellen committed more than most to the club! Always up for a race, Ellen didn’t let a sore ankle get in the way of her racing this weekend.

 

We’re gonna miss you Ellen!

The UCL Swimming Club would also like to thank Kai for his services to the club.

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This was Kai’s last London League, and he has not missed one in all his years at UCL. Timekeeping (and the donuts), as ever, Kai helped out once again, proving himself to be the legend that he is.

 

All the best Kai!

This marks the end of the 2017/18 season for the UCL Swimming Team, as the BUCS Teams events was unfortunately scheduled in the middle of exam season. Emily and Rob would like to thank all the swimmers for a top year, and good luck for your exams 🙂

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2017/18 – you’ve been a great year

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Your lovely captains,
Rob & Emily xx

VARSITYYYYYY

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good game guys

VARSITY WINNERS 2018!!

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Woo!

For the 4th consecutive year, UCL Swimming Team beat Kings to continue our unbeaten run in the competition! (What. A. Team.)

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unbeaten. podium performance. number 1.

As it turned out, Kings proved to be no match for our full-strength team, who lit up the Olympic Pool, with coach Alex watching on.

Great swims came from everybody, especially from Dan, who swam the 200IM and 100 Back within the space of 10 minutes!

JJ, Becca, Annalise and Goggy also showed great stamina by swimming a billion races in under an hour, and still coming out on top in each one!

Also, fantastic racing from everyone else on the team, including, Ellen, Frankie, Wall, Abdul, Apostolos, Ita, Jessica, Emily, Robs B and H, George, Oda, Alan, Gabi, Jackie, Josh and Kate, to name a few.

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Frankie catching Rob unawares (editor’s note: Rob is taking a selfie, he IS aware)

Louis also performed well, taking gold in all his events, despite enjoying a heavy evening the night before. Did you know that he actually swam at the Commonwealth Trials in 2014?

The team celebrated with a top evening in ULU! It turns out we can outswim and outdrink Kings. We do it all. Onto next year!

 

BUCS Long Course: 16-18 Feb

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lol the photo composition isn’t the best but at least we’re not lying when we say it’s long course

Ponds Forge – the scene was set, and yes, as you would expect, UCL stepped up to the mark.

UCL swimmers embarked on an impressive Friday evening in the steel city, with Phyllida (Goggy) Britton almost breaking her own UCL record in the 800m freestyle. Yes, you read that correctly, 800. Oh, by the way, did we mention that she also did it with one lung? #Thisgirlalwayscan.

That was followed by a cracking 4×100 Freestyle Relay by the LADS – JJ, Frankie, Dan and Rob. Unfortunately, they missed out on the B final by 0.5. This would become a sorry feature of the trip.

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Customary Wagamamas pic (We didn’t forget to take one inside…)

After a quick group shave on Friday night, we did indeed go on to smash Saturday, well guessed.

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6 award-winning shaves, 1 shave/record.

An amazing 6 records were broken!

These came from:
1. Dan the man with a plan in the 50 Back,
2. Annalise the rower in the 50 Breast and 50 Free,
3. Rob the captain in the 200 Free, and
4. the LADS in the 4×100 Medley Relay (Dan, JJ, Rob and Frankie).

To our disgust, the boys’ medley team got touched out of a spot in the B final by just 0.35 of a second – Rob told reporters that this was the lowest he’d been since Gerrard’s slip.

5. However, Goggy re-galvanised our spirits with a storming 2.04.63 UCL record in the 200 free FINAL, to finish in 7th place!

With a cheeky nandos from Saturday night fuelling our athletic endeavours, Sunday was also a successful day for the team, with a further 4 UCL records tumbling. These came from: Goggy in the 400 Free, Rob in the 200 fly (with a 17 second drop-off, that’s what we call pacing yourself), Annalise in the 100 Free, and JJ in the 200IM. It was raining records! If you follow our twitter @UCLSwimClub (cue: follow us, locate us on the side bar), you will know that we have already made that pun.

Special mention must go to Wall, who produced a cracking 100 Breast, and Alan. Alan, ladies and gents, smashed the 400 Free after doing a few 50 sprints approximately 30 seconds before his race. He’s Alan, he does what he wants.

Overall, 10 records smashed, lots of fast swimming, many PBs, and 8 top lads.

Good job team.

London League R2

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how many champions can a hot tub fit? 13.

Building on our momentum from Round 1 and itching to get back racing after the Christmas break, we arrived at the Imperial pool with high hopes of winning yet another London League round.

Safe to say we did not disappoint our travelling fans (Georgie and Ellen), who watched on as we beat a very competitive field, including a revived Imperial team.

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Our travelling support and Instagram team consisted of our two great social secs, Georgie and Ellen! Absolute legends

They still didn’t stand a chance though, as we continued our winning streak in the competition.

Special mention must go to Jackie, Becca and JJ for stepping up to the mark and swimming a ridiculous amount. Also congrats to debutants Matt and Hope! 100 fly for Hope in her first UCL meet, that’s how nice Emily and Rob are 🙂

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Becca and Jackie in the midst of battle. This was taken in between Jackie complaining to Rob about the events he had given her

Well done guys!

(the sesh after at the metric bar was pretty lit not gonna lie, good job Imperial)