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relays gala 2018

Relays Gala 2018

On 20th October 2018, Cambridge University Swimming Club welcomed UCL, KCL, Imperial and Leicester to Parkside Pools for the annual season-opening Relays Gala. Cambridge entered two teams, named Team Alpha and Team Aleph in honour of random alphabets worldwide. With neither team selected to be stronger than the other, the stage (pool) was set for some tight races. Several Cambridge newbies made their debuts in light blue – on the male side Joe Anderson, Jacques Bonsell, Theo Cannon and Segev Gonen Cohen all appeared for the first time whilst Eve Hull, Anna Kirk, Meghan Mulhern, Ellie O’Keeffe, and Elizabeth Perry all made their debuts on the women’s team.

The first half of the event consisted of the individual events – 100m of each of the four strokes and 100m individual medley were contested. Some impressive victories, particularly by Bonsell, Cannon and Kirk in the Men’s 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, and Ladies’ 100m backstroke respectively, saw both Cambridge teams at the top of the leaderboard at halfway. However, having won the Ladies’ 100m individual medley and the Men’s 100m backstroke, UCL were close behind just 5 points down.

Photo credits: Cassius Clark
Photo credits: Cassius Clark

The events in the second half were the relays. 4 x 50m relays of each stroke for each gender were raced, and then mixed gender 8 x 50m medley and 8 x 50m freestyle relays concluded the competition. Following on from the strong individual events, Cambridge’s swimmers continued to ooze speed and class as they extended their leads at the top of the points table, winning every relay and getting a 1-2 finish in six out of the ten relays. The highlight of the second half was no doubt the Cambridge breaststrokers squaring off against each other, as Daniel Toy pipped a tiring Finn Harman in the first leg of the breaststroke relay.

The final standings were:

UniversityPoints
Cambridge Alpha102
Cambridge Aleph92
University College London77
University of Leicester58
King's College London46
Imperial College45

Thank you to everyone who came to make this memorable event happen, and well done to our winners Team Cambridge!

Meet the 2018-19 Commitee!

We have a new committee for the academic year 2018-19, with some experienced members and plenty of new ones, here are the people hoping to make this year the best yet for CUSWPC!

President: Chantelle Doran

Medic at St John’s, plays women’s water polo since and full of great new ideas!

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Secretary: Jess Payne

Studies Phys Natsci at Magdalene, swims 200m IM, 100m fly and freestyle.

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Harold Beale club/ Sponsorship officer: Seren-Jones Reddy

Bio Natsci at Churchill, plays women’s water polo.

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IT Officer: Mario Cekic

PhD in computer science at Clare Hall, plays men’s water polo.

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Welfare Officer: Kate Read

Engineer at Girton college, plays women’s water polo.

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Publicity secretaries:

Yung Lo

HSPS at Peterhouse, plays women’s water polo.

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Siân Stockton

PhD in Pharmacology at Darwin, plays women’s water polo.

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Tadpoles president and alumni relations officer: Dan Toy

Chemical Engineering at Gonville and Caius, swims backstroke.

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Men’s swimming captain: Henry Choong

Maths at St John’s, swims 100m and 200m freestyle and backstroke.

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Women’s swimming captain: Georgia Crawford

HSPS at Newnham, does the 100m freestyle.

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Swimming secretaries:

Charlotte Rowlands

Medicine at Gonville and Caius, swims 100m breaststroke.

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Alex Lezard

Engineering at Clare, swims 200m IM.

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Marlins Captains:

Karl Romain

Studies medicine at Girton, swims 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.

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Phillippa Chambers

Land economy at Newnham, swims 100m and 200m freestyle.

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Open water swimming captain: Matthew Chadwick

Earth sciences by the British Antartic Survey at Sidney Sussex, plays men’s water polo, as well as swimming open water.

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Men’s water polo captains: 

Ben Tinkler-Davies

Studies engineering at Clare.

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Alex Norcliffe

Studies Phys Natsci at Sidney Sussex.

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Women’s water polo captain: Lara Tritton

Studies Phys Natsci at Jesus.

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Women’s water polo secretary: Beki Mills

Studies Phys Natsci at Newham.

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Water polo college League officer: Henry Stuart-Turner

Studies Medicine at Emmanuel.

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Looking forward to the new upcoming season as the start of the academic term is fast approaching…