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)

Alumni Gala – it’s been a good half-decade

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they’ve returned (and they are still pretty fast in the water!)

What a night! UCLSC is half a decade old this year but our swimmers are always looking young (maybe it’s the chlorine).

To celebrate, we’ve brought everyone out to Hackney for a gala:

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it’s not exactly Hackney but we’ve got the entire pool (and 2 very bored lifeguards).

Here are some pictures of how the night went swimmmingly well!

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Our captain *trying* to look optimistic as our founders reunite.

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have they been training????????? they are fast!

And post-gala, we fall back on tradition for a nice BYOB curry. Now, that’s a lot of swimmers in one tiny curry house.

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how many swimmers can you fit in a curry house? 

MAJOR CREDITS to Ellen for organising this event and making sure we all get our curry. Insane feat.

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we just needed more reasons to eat cake 

And HUGE THANKS to Gabi for getting the club our first NON-WEARABLE MERCH – A WATER BOTTLE! We are selling them at £3 in 2 colours and they are stylish af. Ideal for pres if you need it! What are you waiting for???

Merry Christmas!

2017 has been crazy, but we are nearing the end of it!

Lots have been going on and here’s a breakdown of what went on in December:

1. Christmas Dinner 

With 53 of you joining us at the Shakespeare’s Head on Carnaby Street, this is the biggest turn out ever! Thank you Ellen and Georgi, our amazing Social Secs, for organizing such a blast! And if you haven’t heard about the latest ship of the club… cough *janiel* cough

2. Christmas Gala

We don’t have a picture for this but saaaaaaaay whaaaaaaaat. We’ve managed to raised £70 for Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury helping them move from injury to independence.

As our Engagement and Community Officer, Louis have organised this charity gala, throwing in fun races involving questionable Santa hats and socks to end our last swim session of the year on a high note. Congratulations to Team 4 for winning a box of Celebrations (that everyone stole from anyway lol)!

If anyone love to find out more about UCL Swimming’s other volunteering projects (i.e. Starfish Volunteering), do not hesitate to reach out to Louis!

Also, goodbye to our Canadian star, Will Brothers! We hope to see you again at UCL next year!

3. Naked Calendar

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We stripped … like we always do in the changing room lol

UCLSC will probably be on the naughty list this Christmas for posing *naked* but this is all for a good cause!

In support of mental health charity MIND, UCL Swimming has joined forces with other sports team in UCL to go bare for a 2018 calendar shoot! Head down to CSC reception or here to get your family and friends the best christmas gift! (ps im buying this for my mom)

4. Kit!

Our swimming caps are here! With the constant hard work of our Marketing Officer, Kai, Christmas came early with our newly designed swim caps! Do wear it proud when you head home and swim at your local gyms! T-shirts to come next year, and keep a look out for our Under Armour kit rolling out soon. Note: PAY UP TO GET THEM ASAP!

Mega thanks to our Alumni and Sponsorship officer, Gabi, for securing us a huuuuuuuuuuuge sponsorship from George Farha! You will see our sponsor logos on your kit as a form of gratitude. Also, with this sponsorship, we’ve managed to get our competitive team new personalized bullet caps! Wrap up! 

We hope all of you enjoyed your time with us here in UCL Swimming. Merry Christmas and have a great new year!

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.

Happy 5th Birthday to UCL Swimming!

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can you believe how amazing we’ve gotten in JUST 5 YEARS?

We TURNED 5!

As with tradition, UCLSC celebrated our birthday with our famous Curryoke [read: curry-O.K.]. Can you imagine how far we’ve gotten and accomplished in these 5 years? A club award? Check. A sportsperson of the year? Check. A Sportsnite at Loop bar tab…? We’re getting there.

Somebody once told me:

 “If you can row, you can’t sing. If you can swim, you’re Whitney Houston.” – Confucius*

What a way to prove Confucius right, we smashed the stage with our crystal-clear rendition of All Star, Uptown Girl, and Let it Go! Forget Whitney Houston, everyone’s an Idina Menzel!

If you still want to put your vocal talents to good use, come join us at London League Round 1 next Saturday and cheer #teamUCL as we compete against Imperial, Kings, Queen Mary, etc! Watch us as we keep our title as London champs!

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!

If you want to join us for our next event, CHECK US OUT HERE.