Racing, Rallying and Records: Another thrilling Varsity Match for the Blues Swimmers

Blues Swimming Varsity 2020 was a closely fought contest, with Oxford winning by 97-83. The men’s teams tied 45-45, despite last minute injury to the Cambridge captain and breaststroke star, Lewis Waters. The men showed excellent team spirit in stepping up to race in last minute changes, with particular credit to Alfie Collins for rising to the challenge and achieving an excellent PB in the 100m breaststroke. There were outstanding swims by both the men’s and women’s Cambridge teams throughout the match, with our strength in depth highlighted by the fact that the swimmers achieved blues times for 22/28 individual swims. Club records were broken by Anna Kirk, Claire Collins, Alex Lezard, Theo Cannon, the women’s 4x50m medley relay team and the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. Carmen Lim raced in the Match’s first ever multi-classification events, winning both by a clear margin and breaking her own South East Asian records. Theo Cannon was the very deserving winner of ‘Swimmer of the Match’ for his record breaking 100m free, 200m IM and anchor leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay.

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In a closely fought Blues Swimming Varsity O*ford prevailed with a narrow win. Although Cambridge suffered late injuries, many club records were broken with several stand out performances. This included the Match’s first ever multi-classification events.

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Captains’ Campaign welcomes CUSWPC alumni back to Cambridge

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.

Ben Tinkler-Davies

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Swimmers beating those January Blues

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!

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Addition to ‘Virtual Clubhouse’

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 cuswpc.president@gmail.com to add to our collection!

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Open Water Varsity 2019 Roundup

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)

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Swim Varsity 2019

Swimming Varsity 2019 Match Report

Following on from 2018’s exhilarating draw, Varsity 2019 did not disappoint. Once again, it was a close, well-fought match that came down to the last few relays.

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First up, in the women’s 200m IM, freshers Ellie O’Keeffe and Eve Hull finished first and fourth respectively, with Ellie smashing her PB to comfortably win. The men’s 200m IM was a similar story with an unbelievable swim from fresher Theo Cannon smashing the uni record in a time of 2:04.73 to get the victory, and Alex Lezard just missing out on third place by an agonising 0.29s.

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Next up was backstroke. In the women’s event, Anna Kirk and Clarra Starrsjo finished second and fourth with Anna Kirk missing out on the win by just 0.32s. In the men’s event a valiant swim by Segev Gonen Cohen saw him just pipped into third. Alex Lezard also swam.

200m freestyle was a good event for Cambridge, with a first and third finish through Katrin Heider and Meghan Mulhern in the women’s event. Once again, Cambridge just lost a close finish as Meghan was beaten to second place by 0.47s. Cambridge’s men had not dropped points in a freestyle events for the last 2 years, and this trend continued as captain Henry Choong and Marcin Chrapek bossed the Oxford swimmers to comfortably get the first light blue one-two of the day.

In the 100m butterfly, Ellie O’Keeffe and Amy Felgate finished second and third, and Hugo Bellamy and Theo Cannon finished first-third to gain more points over Oxford. Hugo in particular deserves credit here as he had been out injured for 4 months and started swimming again just days before Varsity. Heading into the first mini interval, Cambridge were winning by a small 2 points margin.

After some much needed rest in the 10 minute interval, the women got things underway again with 400m freestyle. It was a three-way battle between Meghan Mulhern and the Oxford swimmers all the way, with just 1.11s separating their finishing times. In the end, Meghan secured second place and Kate Lewis finished fourth. A cycling injury to lightning Cambridge fresher Jacques Bonsell hindered Cambridge’s men’s 400m attempts, as Oxford finally gained some freestyle points. Marcin Chrapek came first in another masterfully controlled race by him, and Joe Anderson came a close fourth after going out a bit too hard at the start.

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Photo by James Luis

100m breastoke next. Juliet Merelie and Charlotte Rowlands came second and third, and then Lewis Waters pulled out a huge swim to break announcer Dom Holloway’s university record with a time of 1:03.37. Sadly, Oxford had one of the best breaststrokers in the country so this was only enough for second place. Segev Gonen Cohen again performed well, but finished fourth in a stacked race.

The 100m freestyle finished off the individual racing. The women’s race dominated by Katrin Heider in 58.43 with women’s captain Georgia Crawford close behind in 3rd, also dipping under the 1 minute mark in a 59.84.  The men’s race was the closest race of the afternoon, with men’s captain Henry Choong pulling out a huge swim to win by 0.01 over Oxford, in a university record style of 51.10. Teammate Finn Harman also gave a stellar perfomance to grab 3rd in a blistering 51.23.

With just the four relays to go, worth 7 points for a win and 3 points for coming second, Cambridge were winning by 2 points, and so needed to win two relays to clinch the overall win. The men’s and women’s medley teams both lost but not without valiant battle, including the first appearance of the anchor Georgios Nikolakoudis to bring home the men. Onto the freestyle relays with Cambridge now needing to win them both. In a super close race, the Cambridge women’s quartet just lost to Oxford’s team by 0.5 seconds. Oxford had won overall, but in the last eventthe men’s team of Henry Choong, Finn Harman, Theo Cannon and Marcin Chrapek dominated Oxford by over 6 seconds to take the win, and hand Cambridge the men’s overall win.

Overall, a really exciting day and one of the closest Varsities in recent memory. You can find the full results here: http://www.cocsc.org.uk/varsity2019.

Water polo Varsity

On the 16th of February, we faced off our rivals, Oxf*rd, for an exciting home Varsity at Parkside Pools, Kelsey Kerridge.

The day began with the alumni match, featuring players who have graduated, including old captains. There was a great turnout of players for both teams and it was a fun start to the day, with Cambridge getting the win at 8-9. Amazing to see old faces back in the pool, reunited by the sport they love. IMG_3966IMG_4047 IMG_4156IMG_4271

This was followed by the first ever women’s seconds match, which went off to a flying start to Cambridge, with the score sitting at 6-1 at the end of the third quarter, Oxford tried to bring it back at the end but it finished at 7-4 to Cambridge, making Cambridge the first-ever winners of this match! Amazing job ladies.

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Then came the Men’s Seconds, which was an exciting match with a strong start from us, but sadly ended in Cambridge’s first loss of the day. Despite some valiant effort (great to see our boys putting their all in until the end), the score alas, was 10-4 to Oxford.

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The Women’s Firsts match was a very tightly run competition between the two teams, with no goals at all in the first quarter, and only 2-0 to Cambridge by half time. In the second half of the game, the score levelled out but with only seconds to go, Oxford scored the winner, leaving it 6-5 Oxford. Bad luck, but a great match to watch nonetheless!

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Lastly, we then witnessed some amazing play by the Cambridge Men’s Firsts. It was an incredible match to watch and round up the day with.  After last year’s unlucky loss, they brought home the well-deserved trophy in a game that ended 8-6. Congratulations!

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Overall, Water Polo Varsity 2019 was a memorable day, filled with exciting matches and great gameplay. Despite some losses, they were hard-fought and close matches, and we are incredibly proud of our wins and the improvement we made collectively as a team. Thank you for all the spectators who came out to support us, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. It was a good year for us and hopefully next year we can keep winning more! Thank you to all those who helped out with coaching our teams, managing the stands, refereeing, tabling, and making this year’s Varsity possible.

Go Light Blues!

CUSWPC Varsities

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

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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

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CUSWPC in the past

We are asking photos  of the club from alumni and were super happy with how many replies we already recieved, there are so many great photos!

This is part of a ‘vitual clubhouse’ we are trying to create so we can have the full history of the club because it would be a shame to lose this information.

If you know the names of anyone in your photo/ any of those that are up then we can label them.

Thanks to Daniel Woolcott, Peter de Groot, James Whidborne, David Cooke, Roger Alderson, Peter Kempe and Bob Harris for giving us the photos below.

If you have any more  photos to send us then please do to cd545|at|cam.ac.ukDolphinsTadpoles 1961CUSWPC1962

CUSWPC 1962

CUSC&OUSC Ladies 1964

CUSC& OUSC women 1964

CUSWPC team 1964

CUSWPC team 1964

CUSWPC team June 1965

CUSWPC June 1965

CUSWPC team 1967

CUSWPC team 1967

 

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CUSC 1967

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CUSC at Kittens club 1967

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CU Men 2012

CU Men Varsity Dinner 2012 (2011-12)

Back Row (L-R):

Andras Kapuvari, Tom Maxey, ??, Roumteen Keshe, Michael Weeks, David Leigh, Mike Gormally, Sean True, Matija Marijan, Owen Waugh, Christoph Schmidhuber, Josh Hirschowitz, Adam Kuo

Front Row (L-R):

Ultimate TJ, Matt Ingrams, Hamish Crichton, Dan Woolcott, Pete Lucas, Ian Cooper

Varsity Lineup 2013

Varsity Lineup 2013 (2012-13)

Cambridge Front to Back: Hamish Crichton, Bruno Federico (GK), Dan Woolcott, Tom Maxey, Andras Kapuvari, Mike Gormally, Alex Davies, Favio Van Der Zuid, Ina Cooper, Brett Ormrod, Devan Du Plooy, TJ, Josh Hirschowitz

CU Men 2013

CU men 2013

CU Men Trinity 2013

CU Men 2013 (outside Trinity)

CU Men UPolo Finals 2013

CU Men UPolo Finals 2013 (2012-13)

(L-R) Fabio Van der Zuid, Dan Woolcott, Sean True, Hamish Crichton, Alex Davies, Nick Ludford, Brett Ormrod, Devan Du Plooy, TJ

CU Men & Women UPolo Finals 2013

 

CU Men & Women UPolo Finals 2013 2012-13 Season.

Back Row (L-R):

Nick Ludford (Womens Coach), Fran Brandon, Dan Woolcott, Sean True, Alex Kellaway, Fabio Van der Zuid, Becky Hulbert, Devan Du Plooy, Beth Eastwood, Hamish Crichton

Front Row (L-R):

Anna Sutcliffe, Alex Davies, Sophie Clarke, Brett Ormrod, Becky Wetten, TJ

 

 

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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:

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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!