Edinburgh University Swimming and Water Polo

Women work hard to earn victory in 1st BUCS Qualifier

The women's 1sts water polo team took firm control of their first BUCS qualifier to defeat Leeds 13-4 last week. In the first of three qualifying matches, the ladies played comfortably, and while it was not an easy win it was still decisively Edinburgh in the driving seat throughout most of the game.

The match began tentatively, with Edinburgh edging a few goals ahead thanks to some good shooting and pit plays in the first quarter. Sophie Piper was on good form, battling well against her pit defender to net some good goals. In the 2nd quarter the team really moved into gear, making some excellent plays combined with powerful shooting which has definitely improved since last year. Kat McIntosh provided plenty of problems for the Leeds defence with her shooting from the left hand side, while at the other end of the pool the Edinburgh defence was solid as they opened the gap to 9-2 by half time.

The 3rd quarter came with a Leeds revival as they pressured Edinburgh back into their own half as they searched for a way back into the game. This worked briefly as they pulled 2 goals back, but for the rest of the period the Edinburgh defence worked brilliantly, reducing the effectiveness of the visitor's onslaught as they struggled to gain any more momentum. The Edinburgh attack was quiet in this quarter, but this can hardly be faulted much considering the defensive effort being put in down the other end.

The final quarter saw Edinburgh respond to put the game to bed, putting any hope of a last gasp comeback from Leeds out of the question. The women can now look forward to their second match with confidence, after a game which they showed excellent progress in both attack and defence. The next round of BUCS qualifiers are in January, leaving plenty of time for coach Derek Docherty to further strengthen the team's attributes and skills.

Performance Swimming 1 year old

This week the UoE Performance Swimming Squad marks its first year since being formed in November 2008.

The squad, mostly formed from existing uni and ex-City of Edinburgh swimmers, first took to the pool on the morning of Monday 3rd November 2008, at the nice unsociable hour of 5.30! 

Since then it has progressed in leaps and bounds, and firmly put itself on the map of elite swimming in Britain. From an original count of about 15, the number of swimmers in the performance programme has nearly doubled and there are now two separate squads in existence as a result of the launch of the specialist Performance Sprint squad back in September.

The first notable competition was the 2009 Scottish SC Nationals, where Edinburgh picked up a number of medals and challenged for one of the top swim teams over the entire meet. Throughout 2009 members of the squad have competed in BUCS LC,  BUCS Teams, World Trials, Scottish LC Nationals, British LC Nationals, British SC Grand Prix and the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

The most notable performances of the last season were those of Louise Pate, Louise Henley, Kris Gilchrist and Iain MacMillan. Louise Henley & Kris Gilchrist both represented Great Britain in the 2009 World Championships in Rome. Louise Pate won the national title at British LC for 100 fly in a time of 59.71, which was a Scottish record and Commonwealth qualifying time. Iain Macmillan did likewise, with a storming victory in the 200 fly.

With the new season under way, the squad hopes to excel even more this year. Obviously everything that has been achieved so far could not have been done without the support of all the coaches, admin staff, gym staff and club members, so a big thank you to everyone involved!



Last Updated ( Friday, 06 November 2009 13:45 )


1sts gain narrow victory in SNL

The men's 1st team narrowly defeated Menzieshill 11-10 in a gritty and challenging SNL encounter last night.

With a team at nearly full strength for the first time this season, Edinburgh played a fairly good game, and showed some spirit to maintain their lead in a very tight final quarter.

The team took their time in the first quarter however, conceding easy goals early on as Menzieshill fired to a 5-2 lead. This all changed in the 2nd, as Edinburgh fired themselves up to score 5 without reply. Harry Sargeant, returning from holiday, worked well in the pit, registering his first goal of the season with a cool shot into the top lefthand corner. Jordan Taylor continued to impress as he scored a beauty on the man-up, rising high to receive Kirk Sandvig's pass and slot it past the keeper.

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Solid start for swimmers in league

The Uni 1st and 2nd teams got off to a perfect start in the Scottish Uni Swimming League last night as they comfortably saw off St Andrews.

From the start, both the men and women's teams immediately showed their depth, with the majority of races being fought out between Edinburgh's 1st and 2nd teams, both full of swimmers keen to be considered for selection to the team for the upcoming BUCS Short Course meet.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 October 2009 12:59 )

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