BUCS Nationals 2017: Swimming

Posted by Simon Rushworth

BUCS Nationals 2017: Swimming
Rio 2016 Star Taka Suzuki Claimed Double Gold

Northumbria University conquered the Steel City in style as the cream of the North East’s student swimmers starred at the BUCS Nationals in Sheffield.

In the pool Northumbria added to their record 186 points from the BUCS Short Course Championships with another huge medal haul at the Long Course event.

The Swans returned from the Steel City with eight golds and four silvers and coach Louise Graham said: “I couldn’t be prouder of what my team achieved.

“Everyone approached the competition with professionalism and determination and once again all of their hard work paid off.”

Japanese flyer Taka Suzuki touched home in first place in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke with team-mate Lyndon Longhorne runner-up in both races.

Andrew Mullen grabbed gold in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly while Claire Cashmore came home first in the 50m freestyle. Harriet Lee bagged a brace of gold medals, winning both the 100m freestyle and 100m breastroke while Jack Bridge powered home in first place to take the 100m backstroke title.

“The wins are wonderful and of course we celebrate them but the team as a whole was magnificent again in Sheffield,” added Graham. “They are a credit to Northumbria.”

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