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!

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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