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

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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)

London League – 25/11/2017

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new year new squad same victory @ mile end

London league innit. Home turf, favourite pool (lol), and finally some club kit! So, what happened… we won obvs.

Top male swimmer goes to Alan Li for rapid racing as always! Not what he wants to be known for, but guess he will settle for sprints. *shrugs*

And top woman goes to Becca for once again stepping up when Emily ‘accidentally’ missed her race.

Everyone was great and we smashed both the team relays despite some concern in the first half when Royal Holloway actually won some races… absolute scenes!

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more like london LIT 🔥🔥🔥

We all knew we had won but Kai (does he even do maths?) kindly spent hours adding up the scores to confirm a strong victory for UCL with a comfortable lead! Bring it on round 2!

Edit: Kai did the math within 10 minutes.

BUCS – 10-12 Nov

The skwad were back at it again over the weekend. Off we go, up north, to Sheffield for the first BUCS event of the year.

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train-ing 

Here’s a report of how we did:

  • Naturally Rob was in his element leading the way as we followed him, like lost sheep, to Greggs, because “I always swim better after a steak bake”. We may have mocked him at the time, but proceeded to put on an incredible display of northern talent gaining 5 pb’s, proving why he is “The Captain”.
  • Goggy was… well… Goggy. And unsurprisingly smashed all her races and actually got us some BUCS points! 2 finals, 1 collapsed lung… BUCS? Completed it mate.
  • Moving on to “Big Man Prez” as he calls himself… JJ did some mad swims including an epic pb in the 200IM, he makes it look easy.
  • Frankie also excelled himself and smashed 2 pb’s, although we didn’t manage to congratulate him because he was mainly hanging out with Imperial and sporting matching haircuts with his brother :/
  • Emily proved what happens when you don’t train… (turn up to sessions kids) and after a poor performance is once again claiming she will “start lifting big weights” in Bloomsbury, so keep an eye out.
  • Now onto ‘Legend of the Meet’… that goes to Alan for his performance in the pool and in Sainsbury’s… 6 mince pies!!! Exceptional.
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6 ALL BUTTER MINCE PIES. Christmas is NOW.

  • Dan and George… where do we start? Great swims from the boys but unfortunately their behaviour out of the pool is going to lead to some forfeits at Loop. George has a girlfriend if anyone was still unsure, and Dan… doesn’t (if you know, you know).
  • Finally, congrats to Allan, who, despite years of experience (he started Uni in 2012 when most of us were still trading Pokémon), had some technical problems during his 50Fly when his goggles filled up with water.

Well done to everyone, great weekend, great swims, great chat.

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 good job! #teamUCL

Cambridge Gala 28/10/17

After a questionable (and slightly concerning) coach journey we made it to Cambridge. As we already know, we are the most superior London team (in and out the pool), and our first competition of the year provided concrete evidence to this claim.

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doing a great job as captains!

Exceptional swims all round from the fresh and the old:

Female stand out performance has to go to Becca Lin for smashing the 100IM and then proceeding to ‘take one for the team’ and do the 100Breast in style.

Male stand out goes to our Canadian machine… Will, for his 100IM victory, whose great performance was arguably down to the use of skins (or possibly the fact he swam at the commonwealths?).

Despite intense pressure from the paparazzi to “werk it” and “quickly pose for a relay pic” as we were about to get on the blocks, we claimed SECOND PLACE overall!!! Our best ever finish!!!! Exciting times lads… Bring on BUCS!

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WE CAME IN SECOND! (Imperial was 4th, just saying)

For those who came down to support, you’re not forgotten:

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we are the best cheerleaders, possibly because we’re the only team of supporters

 

Not forgetting our wonderful ALPHABET SOCIALS!

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look at that amount of chinese food we ate

We went as Ali G, Bob the Builder, Electricians, Gladiator, Harry Potter, Joker, Kit Kat, Maid, Oreos… and you get it, we form the alphabet picture book you will give to a baby. Great job everyone for dressing up!

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