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Impressive results from Swim England Performance Centres

Athletes from the five new Swim England Performance Centres made their presence known at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Long Course Championships last weekend.

Held on 15-17 February at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, 48 universities took part in the annual event.

Athletes from the five Swim England Performance Centres competed in a total of 41 A finals, including seven top three finishers.

There were also two golds for Manchester Metropolitan. Chloe Golding swam 2:13.77 to take the 200m Backstroke gold, while Katie Matts clocked 2:28.87 for the win in the 200m Breaststroke .

Grant Robins, Head of the Swim England Swimming Talent Programme, said: “The Swim England Performance Centres only started operating this academic year, so to have achieved these results so soon is very positive.

“The aim of the Performance Centres is to provide an opportunity for athletes to continue their training while studying at university. For 41 swimmers to make the BUCS finals is impressive.”

The five Swim England Performance Centres are:

  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Surrey
  • Leeds
  • Buckinghamshire New University