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Top Brits Take BUCS honours

5th November 2012

Britain’s top swimmers continued their short course preparation this weekend at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Short Course Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, who will compete at the World Short Course Championships next month, took home three gold medals in the 50m (27.94), 100m (59.62) and 200m Breastroke, which he won in a new championship record of 2.06.65.

He also finished third in the 200m Individual Medley behind Loughborough’s Roberto Pavoni with a time of 2.01.82.

Pavoni came out on top with a gold medal winning time of 2.00.42 ahead of Jonathan Hill of Newcastle. He also took the title in the 200m Butterfly in 1.56.68, just 0.13 outside of his short course personal best.

He also won gold in the 400m IM in 4.14.68 and silver in the 1500m Freestyle in 15.27.15 behind training partner Jack Burnell who won gold in 15:24.75.

Robbie Renwick was an unbeatable force in the shorter Freestyle events winning the 100m (49.26), 200m (1.46.83) and 400m (3:48.64) finals.

Bath’s Anne Bochmann also showed good form early in the season with her hattrick of gold medals. Touching just ahead of Aimee Willmott, Bochmann took the victory in the 200m Freestyle 1.57.64 – 0.32 outside her lifetime best.

She also dominated the 400m Freestyle winning the gold in 4.09.50 and the 800m Free in 8.32.96.

Willmott went on to take victory in the 200m Backstroke in 2.09.61.

Fellow Backstroker Georgia Davies swam to a new BUCS record in the 100m Backstroke to win in 58.22. She also took the gold in 50m Back in 27.35

Sprint specialist Emma Wilkins got a golden hattrick, taking the top spot in the 50m (25.22) and 100m (54.93) Freestyle finals and joint first in the 50m Fly in 27.11.

Stirling’s Ryan Bennett was top dog in the men’s backstroke, winning all three events. He swam to a new BUCS record in the 100m in 51.51 – a personal best which puts him second on the British all-timers list behind Liam Tancock.

He also swam to victory in the 50m in 25.22 and the 200m in 1.56.30.

Great Britain will be sending a team of 18 swimmers to the European Short Course Championships in Chartres on 15-18th November and 19 to the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul in December.

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