Performance: Cardiff University Swim Team Continue Meteoric Rise
26 November 2012
On a wintery November Sunday morning, the Cardiff University Swimming Team travelled down to the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford for the BUCS Team Championships Southern Region round. In 2010, the team were in Division 3 but after back-to-back promotions in 2010 and 2011, this season the team were competing in the regions Premier division for the first time. Despite missing some key swimmers, the team pulled together and raced out of their skins and didn’t let any of the established top division teams faze them.
The team finished in an amazing 3rd place, only behind a Bath University team with some seasoned international swimmers and Oxford University. There were strong swims from all over the team. Chris Campbell touched home first in the 50m Butterfly but notable performances from freshers Hannah Cuthbert and Sara Williams powered the girl’s teams to lightning fast relay swims. Finishing 3rd has qualified the team for the National Championship Finals to be held on the ‘BUCS Big Wednesday’ at Leeds Metropolitan University in March where the top 8 universities will battle for the crown of the best swimming team in the country.
However, not content with just the one team attending the finals day in Leeds, the Cardiff University ‘B’ Team finished comfortably in 2nd place in Division 3 assuring their spot in the National Shield Finals. Jack Thomas, Jack Middleton and Richie Hill swam multiple events for the team and really kicked on to some great performances. Fresher Diane Anstis powered home to wins in the 50m and 100m Butterfly and combined with Becky Cooke, Susie Bolt, Lauren Roe and Sammy Conroy powered to dominant wins in the relay events.
In just 3 seasons, the Cardiff University Swimming Team have worked all the way to the top and are now one of the major forces of BUCS Swimming and combined with the immense strength in depth shown by the B team, the team is surely one to be feared by all. Cardiff University would like to congratulate the Club and it's committee on the huge developmental strides they have made in recent years.