In early November close to 30 former CUSWPC athletes returned to Cambridge to get back in the pool and compete again. Senior President, Jean Khalfa, started the day with an enlightening tour of the Wren Library before many alumni donned their bathing suits to outdo each other in the pool. Having dried off and changed into more appropriate attire we were welcomed by Andy Rubin and Trinity College in the Old Kitchens for a more relaxed evening. Over a candlelight dinner many alumni caught up with old friends or made new ones reminiscing of the days spent swimming in the cam and enjoying the Newnham Riverbank Club at the annual Taddies Garden Party. CUSWPC were delighted to welcome Jazz Carlin, a Great Britain medallist at Rio 2016 and double European Champion, for a question and answer session with questions flowing more than the wine.
Through speaking with many of you who were there I was delighted at how keen everyone was to come back to Cambridge and reconnect with the club. This led to several alumni making the journey to Oxford to support the Light Blues on a tough Varsity day. Although this is just the start, by reaching out and bringing many alumni back we are hoping to increase the awareness of the high subscription cost faced by students. Already we have had many generous donations and, with the help of the University, have set up a direct debit payment enabling annual donations to be set up. With your help we can ensure rising costs are no longer a barrier to access for students and can continue to push Cambridge to put a spade in the ground for a new pool.
Over Christmas, the Cambridge University Blues Swimming Team went on their annual training camp, returning this year to Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. Our squad of five women and six men completed fourteen 2-hour pool sessions in the hotels outdoor 50m pool, clocking up around 75km. This was as well as pre pool work prior to each session, and two sessions in the gym.
Our aim of the camp is to get a solid aerobic block of work done to have a high fitness level going into Lent term training, allowing us to get race fit for Varsity at the end of February. We had some really impressive sessions from all our team, and everyone pulled together to get through a tough week of training. Captains Lewis, Juliet and Anna were thrilled to see everyone giving their all throughout the week and maintaining high team spirit.
We’re now back in Parkside training harder than ever with our new-found fitness as the Varsity Match gets closer and closer!
Following our creation of the ‘Virtual Clubhouse’ last December, we have received a new team photo to add to the wall. Thanks to alumnus Adam Baumgarten for this photo of the Men’s Water Polo Team taken in 1998. Adam was a member of the team for two years in 1997 and 1998 and was also a medical student at Fitzwilliam College.
Please continue to send in photos such as this one to firstname.lastname@example.org to add to our collection!
With no Biannual Channel Swim in 2019, the Cambridge open water season was geared towards our annual varsity race at Henley.
The swim was 2.1km upstream along the Henley regatta rowing course with the race start at 5:40am. This year the varsity swimmers were combined into the “performance wave” of the Henley Classic Swim to add to the competitive feel. All the Cambridge team put in strong swims to be proud of, especially considering how new to open water swimming some of them were. Special mentions go to Naoki Toyomura and Evie Anema as the fastest Cambridge man and woman respectively.
Sadly, our efforts were in vain and Oxford won both Men’s and Women’s Varsity. However, the Women’s Varsity was closely contested with Oxford only narrowly coming out on top. There were no alumni races this year, but Cambridge did win the mob match for the 5th consecutive year. The Cambridge team reflected the strong diversity in open water swimming with pentathletes, triathletes, swimmers and water polo players all involved.
Cambridge results: Naoki Toyomura (32:15), Matthew Chadwick (35:27), Evie Anema (35:30), Eve Hull (35:42), Meghan Mulhern (35:43), Kit Gallagher (36:22) and Abbie Currington (45:24)
WATER POLO VARSITY – 16 February 2019, Parkside Pools:
13:15 – 14:15 Alumni Match
14:15 – 15:30 Women’s Seconds Match
15:30 – 16:45 Men’s Seconds Match
16:45 – 18:00 Women’s Firsts Match
18:00 – 19:15 Men’s Firsts Match
SWIMMING VARSITY – 3 March 2019, Parkside Pools:
12:00 – 13:45 Seconds Swimming Varsity
14:00 – 14:15 Alumni Warm Up
14:15 – 14:45 Alumni Swimming Relays
14:45 – 15:05 Blues Swimming Warm Up
15:15 – 15:40 Blues Swimming Parade
15:40 – 18:00 Blues Swimming Varsity
This past year the CUSWPC committee did an excellent job, improving relations with the city swim team, organizing an incredible Tadpoles Dinner, Varsity Dinner, and endless other behind the scene tasks which have improved the standing of the club and made it a successful and enjoyable year. They have given so much of their time and energy to this club; it’s only fair we let them get on with doing other things in their lives. On behalf of the entire club, we’re giving them a huge heart-felt thank you, and wish them the best next year. Continue reading
The trials for the men’s and women’s water polo teams for the 2015/16 season will be taking place on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th of October. Any prospective players with questions should send them to Ben Walker (men’s captain) or Frances Turrell (women’s captain); see the Committee page for contact details. Hope to see you there!
Cambridge University Swimming and Water Polo Club would like to invite you to our annual Varsity Match against the Other Place on Saturday 28th February 2015. Head down to Parskside Pools, Cambridge (next to Parker’s Piece) to watch your favourite home teams battle for victory against the dark blues!
Swimming Gala 12-2:30pm
Alumni Water Polo Match 3pm
Men’s 2nds Water Polo 4pm
Women’s Water Polo 5pm
Men’s 1st Water Polo 6:20pm
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Channel Swim team consisting of Erik Sullivan, Katie Davidson, Graeham Douglas, Emma Tarrant, Dan Brackenbury, and Jacqui Gilbert completed the crossing in 9 hours, ahead of the Oxford team (9hr 2min). Unfortunately the time gap was not enough to declare a win for Cambridge; however, after the team had to pull out in 2012, this is a fantastic feat for Cambridge open-water swimming.
The swim team finished 9th in the BUCS championship national finals for the 2013/2014 season. A fantastic feat, finishing behind teams with Olympians and state of the art facilities. Well done team! Due to this incredibly result, next season will see a second team being entered into the BUCS competition.