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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Shark Run!

[24/10/2018]

The infamous shark run is one of the most popular events of the academic year and this year was no different!! Whilst we may be speedy in the water, we’re evidently not so on land, as absolutely NOBODY was safe from this year’s sharks, Emily and Gabi, who showed no mercy when it came to covering everyone head to toe in blue paint and red lipstick.

Being chased from Student Central to numerous Bloomsbury pubs, and finally miraculously making it to Roxy, we hope everyone had an amazing welcome to UCLSC and we can’t wait to see more of you this upcoming year!

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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!!

Give It A Go!

[10/10/2018]

The new academic year has started and with that comes two weeks of fun, free swimming trials for anyone who wants to be involved!

It’s been great seeing so many fresh, new goggles (and faces) at swimming, whether you’ve been participating in the competitive trials or practising a new stroke with our fitness captains! Of course, with UCLSC comes our infamous socials and we’ve already had two amazing events thrown by our new social secs, Annie and Rob!

In GIAG week 1, we had Traffic Light Night, where old got to meet new in a fun, colour-coordinated fashion: Committee members were told to wear red, old members – yellow/orange, and new members – green! In GIAG week 2, inspired by our aquatic members, the theme was Under the Sea! (pls see below for some great/absolutely awful costumes!!)

 

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

We are done with 17/18!

So you think swimming is done and dusted for the academic year in March? NAH. Our tireless committee is still working *through the exams* to bring you activities!

1. Swimathon 2018

Team UCL Swimming took on the olympic stadium once again one month after our glorious victory against Kings. A tradition of our club, we’ve fundraised for this event and took up the challenge of swimming DURING the exam period. Even though our incoming president, Louis, signed us up for the slow lanes, our timings are anything but slow!

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everyone’s a medal winner except Louis (even though he swam the fastest)

shoutout to everyone for turning up this year and we look forward to Swimathon 2019!

2. Swimming Dinner!

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Rob is not impressed. Watch out for his socials next year.

The annual swimming dinner has descended upon us, kindly organised by our dearest Social Secs, Ellen and Georgie! Lovely pub, lovely food, lovely price ££!

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For the uninitiated, this annual summer rendezvous is a chance for us to meet up with each other with more than just a swimming trunk/costume on. It is during the dinner that we dish out awards for what we do when we are almost naked. Yes, swim.

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2017/18 Award Winners!

Female Competitor of the Year – Phyllida Britton (Goggy)
Male Competitor of the Year – Daniel Schindler
Most Improved Swimmer – Ming Hu
Most Dedicated Club Member – Kai Low
Swimmer of the Year – Becca Lin

Congrats to all winners!

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Louis offering his heartiest congratulations whilst Gabi looks on endearingly

THANK YOU ALL for making 17/18 the best year and we look forward to seeing you at tour!

 

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