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BUCS Nationals Long Course Swimming preview 13/02/2017

Swimming is one of the biggest individual sports within BUCS, and with a whole host of Olympians having competed at BUCS Nationals; it continues to be the launch pad for the latest crop of swimming stars.

Liam Tancock, Hannah Miley and Benjamin Proud all hold Championship records, while several Rio 2016 competitors will be in action at this year’s event at Ponds Forge.

It all kicks off on Friday night before continuing over the weekend, and with Olympic silver medallists Jazz Carlin, James Guy and Siobhan O’Connor all guests of honour; it looks set to be a scintillating three days of action at Ponds Forge.

Alumni

Hannah Miley (Robert Gordon University)

The year 2012 saw Hannah Miley set a new 200m IM BUCS record, the same year in which she won World and European short course gold in the 400m equivalent.

Since then, Miley has gone on to win international medals aplenty, including Commonwealth gold in 2014 and European silver, before going on to compete at her third Olympic Games in Rio, finishing just 0.2 seconds short of a bronze medal in the 400m IM.

Liam Tancock (Loughborough University)

The aftermath of the Rio Olympic Games saw Liam Tancock hang up his goggles for the final time, following a glittering career in which he won three World titles and took the 50m long course backstroke world record – a time which still stands.

He also holds the BUCS records for 50m and 100m backstroke, setting his times of 25.01 and 54.42 respectively back in 2010.

Mel Marshall (Loughborough University)

Most recently, Mel Marshall has hit the headlines as the coach of Adam Peaty, who became Great Britain’s first male Olympic champion in 28 years with 100m breaststroke gold in Rio.

But Marshall enjoyed a top career of her own, with the two-time Olympian having won both short and long course European gold as well as two World silvers, and she continues to hold the BUCS record for the 100m freestyle, set in 2004.

Ones to watch

Max Litchfield (Sheffield Hallam University)

Last summer saw Max Litchfield make his Olympic debut, placing fourth in the 400m IM final with a new personal best time.

Litchfield, who set a new BUCS record in the discipline in 2016, is a British record holder, and won World short course silver in the 400m medley in Windsor last year.

Aimee Willmott (University of East London)

Two-time Commonwealth silver medallist Aimee Willmott represented Great Britain at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and is a four-time European medallist across both long and short course.

At last year’s BUCS Nationals, Willmott cruised to 400m individual medley, 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle gold, and set a new Championship record of 8:36.00 minutes in the latter.

Tim Shuttleworth (Loughborough University)

Tim Shuttleworth hit the headlines last April after shattering his 1500m freestyle personal best to book his spot on the plane to the Rio Olympic Games.

That came after he set a new BUCS record in the same discipline at last year’s Nationals, before reaching the 800m freestyle final of the European Championships in London where he finished fifth.

Beth Aitchison (Loughborough University)

With two BUCS Nationals titles to her name from last year, where she won the 200m IM and 50m breaststroke, Beth Aitchison went on to become a double National champion in December.

She will be looking to add further titles to her CV at this year’s Nationals, to follow on from her phenomenal success in 2016.

Jay Lelliott (University of Bath)

European bronze medallist Jay Lelliott will compete in the 200m and 400m freestyle as well as the 200m butterfly in the Steel City this year.

At the 2015 World University Games, Lelliott came home with the 400m freestyle title, in addition to 800m freestyle silver, and is a multiple BUCS champion.

During last year’s BUCS Long Course competition at BUCS Natinoals, Ben Proud (University of St Mark & St John) broke the British 50m freestyle record as he clinched BUCS gold.

At this year’s BUCS Long Course Swimming Championships, we’ll be welcoming 1,158 competitors from 92 member institutions! In addition to these athletes, Olympic champion and holder of two world records, Adam Peaty will be in attendance competing as a guest.

Key Times

The swimming action all gets underway on Friday 17 February, with the first heats of this year’s BUCS Nationals kicking off at 6pm with the women’s 800m freestyle the very first event.

Session four, starting at 6pm on Saturday, will see the start of this year’s finals, with all the action culminating in a grand finale of the men’s 4x100m medley relay on Sunday afternoon.

Follow all the action throughout the largest annual multi-sport event in the UK across social media using the official event hashtag: #BUCSNationals.   

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