GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Duncan Scott of Scotland celebrates victory in the Men's 100m Freestyle Final on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Optus Aquatic Centre on April 8, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Swimming Club make a splash in multi-medal winning season

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Credit: Team Scotland/Daniel Walpole

Stirling University Swimming Club retain their status as being one of the best in the country, with the team raking in 452 of the university’s overall 1840 BUCS points.

“The University of Stirling swimming team has been extremely successful this academic season,” says Marty Walton, the president of Stirling Swimming club. “In terms of BUCS performance, both the men and women have seen our highest finishes in both the long course and short course season.”

The swimming season of 2018/19 kicked off with the Short Course BUCS event that took place in November, at which the men’s team placed first and women’s placed third.

Stirling’s frontman and Olympic medalist Scott claimed three medals, alongside his teammate Benson. McLay walked away with two.

For the women’s team, Wild and Upanne were each able to gain two medals, and MacInnes earned one.

Stirling finished second overall — just a few points behind champions Loughborough University.

The swimmers clashed again at the Long Course BUCS event in February, at which Stirling claimed 17 medals.

12 medals were gains by the men’s team which finished second in the competition; three by Benson, two by McLay and McLean, and one each by Bain, Walton, and Aitchison. The men’s team also took gold in both the 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay.

The women’s team gained four medals, two belonging to Wild, one to MacInnes, and one a team effort for the 4x100m freestyle relay. This put the women’s team in third place overall.

The two teams joined in unison for their last medal of the event, as Stirling had a strong showing in the 4x100m mixed medley race. Overall, Stirling swimming squad finished in second place.

The BUCS season finished with the Team Championship which took place at the end of March. Our high-performance squad was able to place second in the Championship Division, and the club swimming squad placed fifth in the Shield Division.

Though the BUCS season is over, the Stirling swimmers are going to do what they know best: just keep swimming. The Eindhoven Swimming Cup and the British Swimming Championships are just around the corner, and Stirling will need to be on top form to continue their current success.

We’re bringing you season summary pieces for sports teams all across the university, so check back at 2PM every day for another edition of Bleed Green Round-Up.

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