Swimming Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
The Swimming Club have had an excellent start to the year, growing from strength to strength. After a large sign up at the Sports Fayre, the club now has over 70 members compared to last year’s 50. The introduction of the Development Squad has played a significant role in accommodating this larger group of swimmers, and provides three sessions a week coached by Eilidh (President), Giselle (Women’s Captain) or Xander (Men’s Captain). The Development Squad has been a huge success with many swimmers showing a great deal of commitment and in return improving their swimming. As a result we hope to hold trials in Semester 2 to offer Development swimmers an opportunity to try out for the competitive team.
The Men’s and Women’s competitive teams have had a strong first semester with a 3-1 win to loss match record, a strong indicator of the programme’s growing depth and strength. In addition to the league matches the team also participated in the Swimming Club’s first ever Varsity match against one of the UK’s top ranked squads from the University of Edinburgh. Although St Andrews lost, it provided an excellent opportunity for new members of the team to gain experience.
The first league match was away against Heriot-watt and proved to be a close encounter, but in the end St Andrews had the upper hand and walked away with a 88-82 win. Next up was a convincing win of 104-64 away to Abertay. A week later was to be the team’s toughest meet of the season against last year’s league winners Dundee. In the end Dundee took the win, but this year’s result was one of the closest margins between the two teams in many years with a result of 89-79 to Dundee. The boys relay team had a standout performance against Dundee winning both the 4x50m medley relay and the 4x50m freestyle relay. This showed the potential and depth of the team against the best team in the league. The final meet of the year was a home match against Glasgow Caledonian, which finished with a convincing 110-58 win to St Andrews to top off the semester. In addition to the 4 league matches we had several swimmers compete in the BUCS Short Course Championships and Stirling sprints, achieving individual best times and making finals.
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