Varsity Swimming: Uni 313-182 Trent

18th March 2012

Although not with the total domination as seen in previous years, the University Swimming Team were able to cement their 100% Varsity record with a 313-182 points victory at the University Pool. Credit must go to Trent for their best haul yet, particularly to the Men who recorded Trent’s first three clear-cut race wins in the event’s history. However, the strength of the Uni team ultimately shone through to score a convincing victory at the end of proceedings, and put the series score at 2-1.

Uni Women’s dominance shone through from the offset, with wins in the Individual Medley and Backstroke events and Alice Morgan taking first place in the later 50m and 100m Butterfly races. Bethan Davis and Emma Oliver were other notable mentions, picking up Uni victories in the Backstroke, while Jasmin Ballingall took first in the opening 100m Individual Medley with a time of 1:13.

The Men were not quite as convincing in the early stages, with Trent taking the Individual Medley and Butterfly races, issuing a real statement to their adversaries. Asked if they thought complacency could have been a factor in Trent’s initial triumphs against the Uni Men, NuSwim President Naomi Reynolds and General Secretary Natalie Steele were quick to play such an idea down.

Indeed, the Uni Men were able to respond by the end of the first half of proceedings; Matt Smith winning the Uni Men’s first race in the 100m Backstroke with a time of 1:01. After a short interval, Trent were able to pick up their third Varsity race win ever in the 100m Butterfly, proving to be their final success of the day as Uni’s superior fitness shone.

The final event, and indeed, the Varsity crown itself belonged to Uni, who romped home in the “Skins” races in emphatic fashion. Uni dominated the podium in both the Men’s and Women’s events –three competitors from each university competing in knockout races in different strokes until only the winner remains. “Skins” capped off an impressive day for multiple-race winners Alice Morgan and Matt Smith. When asked who they thought were the key performers on the day, Naomi and Natalie were quick to praise several of their teammates, including the two “Skins” winners.

The day ended on a light-hearted note, with a Trent swimmer getting one over on the Uni team by dumping the team’s clothes into the pool, which was fortunately taken in good spirits by the jubilant Uni squad.

The heavy favourites on the day proved triumphant, with Uni getting a convincing victory over their Trent opponents. Ultimately, the Uni team can be very satisfied with a strong team performance, remaining composed after early results went against them in the Men’s races to emerge victorious at the end of the day, and maintain their unbeaten record in this fixture. 2-1 Uni.

University of Nottingham race winners:

Women’s:

Jasmin Ballinghall, Women’s 100m IM
Alice Morgan, Women’s 50m Butterfly (all-Uni podium)
Bethan Davis, Women’s 100m Backstroke (all-Uni podium)
Alex Diamond, Women’s 50m Breaststroke
Maddie Harris, Women’s 50m Freestyle
Emma Oliver, Alex Diamond, Alice Morgan, Maddie Harris, Women’s 4x50m Medley Relay (Uni One-Two)
Alice Morgan, Women’s 100m Butterfly (all-Uni podium)
Emma Oliver, Women’s 50m Backstroke (all-Uni podium)
Alex Diamond, Women’s 100m Breaststroke (all-Uni podium)
Maddie Harris, Women’s 50m Freestyle
Laura Francis, Sophie Collier, Phillipa Hardy, Nicola Yeates, Women’s 4x50m Free Relay (Uni One-Two)

Men’s:

Matt Smith, Men’s 100m Backstroke
Danny Anderson, Men’s 50m Breaststroke
Grant Thompson, Men’s 50m Freestyle
Sam Van de Schootbrugge, Danny Anderson, Tsubasa Nakagawa, Matt Smith, Men’s 4x50m Medley Relay
Matt Smith, Men’s 50m Backstroke
Danny Anderson, Men’s 100m Breaststroke
Grant Thompson, Men’s 50m Freestyle
Matt Wild, Will Rippington, Sam Jackson, Phil Noone, Men’s 4x50m Free Relay

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