Uni return home with fantastic haul
SWANSEA University returned from the British University Swimming Championships in Sheffield with their biggest-ever medal haul.
The team's success now means that Swansea secured its best long- course team score and position and sit second overall in the table.
The star of the show for Swansea was Olympian Georgia Davies, who took the top female award.
The weekend started off with a silver and a bronze medal for Chris Suggitt and Megan Gilchrist in their respective 1500m and 800m events, and it meant Swansea led the way after the first day's competition.
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Day two also produced some excellent racing, including the first gold medal of the meet for Alice Tennant (second year law) in the 400 individual medley.
Tennant will look to build on this success later in the year, both domestically and internationally, when she competes at the US Open.
Davies also struck gold by claiming victory in the women's 50m backstroke in a new BUCS record.
That swim was backed up by some other excellent swims from Alys Thomas in the 100m butterfly and Libby Mitchell in the 200m freestyle.
In the male events the first medal on day two went to freshman Adam Rowe in the 200m freestyle.
Adam had a great second half to his swim, having turned 10th at 50m.
Emma Smithurst, in what was her swansong meet, rounded off her swimming career with silver in the women's 200m backstroke. Emma will now focus on her studies and life after swimming.
The first team medal was picked up by the girls' 4x100m freestyle team, who snapped up silver behind Loughborough.
After day two Swansea had held off the challenge of fellow ITC universities Bath and Stirling to hold a strong second place overall.
The final day saw Swansea swimmers go from strength to strength, with more individual and team medals.
Paralympian Gemma Almond picked up the first of her two medals in the presentation for her swim in the MC 100m butterfly, where she won silver.
She added to this with gold in the 50m equivalent.
Alys Thomas and Libby Mitchell also made the podium, taking silver and bronze respectively in the 200m butterfly.
Third-year sports science student Adam Mallett missed gold by the narrowest of margins to bring home silver in the men's 200 fly.
Alice Tennant picked up her second medal of the meet with a silver in the 200 individual medley, while Chris Suggitt held off a strong finish from Loughborough's Adam Harrington to secure another bronze in the 200IM.
The last remaining medal went again to the girls' relay quartet of Davies, Kiritschenko, Thomas and Mitchell, who picked up silver in the 4x100m medley relay in a time that will be tough to break in the years to come by any Swansea quartet.
Stuart McNarry, high performance coach for Swim Wales, said: "This has been the most successful meet since the inception of the links with Swim Wales and British Swimming by the university and it stands the programmes in good stead for an excellent summer of competition, domestically and internationally."
Team scores: 1. Loughborough 393, 2. Swansea 268, 3. Stirling 233, 4. Edinburgh 197, 5. Bath 156.