Weekly Report - February 15-22nd22 February 2016
BUCS Nationals dominated the student sport calendar at the weekend but we also had scholars in Scottish and European Championships.
A number of swimmers competed at the BUCS Long Course Championships in Sheffield with our scholars picking up plenty of finals and medals. The University of Edinburgh's women picked up wins in both the 400m Freestyle and 400m Medley team events; a team that included Emily Jones, Kathryn Johnstone, and Raquel Matos. Raquel picked up gold and silver at the 50m and 100m Butterfly, while Kathryn and Emily were runners up in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley, respectively.
Camilla Hattersley (University of Glasgow) won the 200m Freestyle and Euan Inglis (Heriot-Watt University) finished 1st in the 50m Breaststroke, with his HWU teammate Craig McNally taking silver in the 200m Backstroke. There were also appearances in finals for Danielle Joyce (University of Stirling) and Olivia White (University of Edinburgh).
Elsewhere in Sheffield, the BUCS Judo Championships were taking place. Rachel Tytler (University of Stirling) and Abbi Blackie (Queen Margaret University) continued their impressive form in their weight classes. Rachel, competing in the 78kg category, finished second, while Rachel took bronze in the 57kg category. Jack Smith (Heriot-Watt University) reached the quarter final of the 73kg event. To hear Rachel's take on her season so far, click here.
The BUCS Orienteering Championships took place in Bristol where the University of Edinburgh orienteers matched the performance of their swimming compatriots. Alexander Chepelin and Charlotte Watson won the men's and women's events, respectively, with teammates Zoe Harding (2nd), Sarah Jones (5th), Jennifer Ricketts (8th), Daniel Stansfield (9th) all finishing in the top ten to secure the title for Edinburgh. There were top ten performances by Jonathan Crickmore (3rd) and William Rigg (10th) as well, which helped Heriot-Watt University finish fifth in the men's event and ninth overall.
The Go Coco Scottish Curling Championship continued in Perth, where the majority of our curlers were in action. In the men's event, two playoffs were needed to decide which teams would join the 1st and 2nd placed teams in the knockout. Team Mouat - Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie (both Edinburgh Napier University), Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde) - won their tie break but Team Smith - Cameron Smith (SRUC), Kyle Waddell (University of the West of Scotland) - lost to Team Murdoch. Team Mouat were unable to do what Team Smith couldn't and they lost to Team Murdoch in the 3v4 page playoff match. Abigail Brown (Edinburgh Napier University), part of Team Fleming, was the sole Winning Student in the women's knockout stages but had to settle for bronze after losing the 1v2 page playoff to Team Muirhead and the semi final to Team Gray in an extra end.
Grace Reid (University of Edinburgh) is currently competing for Great Britain in the 3m Springboard at the FINA Diving World Cup. Her score of 298.05 secured her place in the semi final and guaranteed GB a berth in the 3m Springboard for Team GB at the Rio Olympics!
Scotland's men's badminton stars were unable to get out a tough group in the European Men's Team Championships in Kazan, Russia. They lost to eventual runners up France before beating Slovakia and losing the winner-takes-all final match with Sweden. Robert Blair (The Open University) won both of his men's doubles matches with Matthew Carder (Glasgow School of Art) winning one and losing two in the men's singles, the same results as Martin Campbell (The Open University) and Patrick MacHugh (University of Strathclyde) in the men's doubles.
Grace Reid goes into Tuesday evening's semi final in the 3m Springboard in Rio, looking to get into the final later in the day.
Jennifer McIntosh (Edinburgh College), who has already been selected for GB's shooting team at the Olympics, is competing at the European 10m Championships.
At the weekend, Robyn Hart-Winks (University of Edinburgh) is in Boston MA, USA competing at the World Indoor Rowing Championship, while several scholars will be competing at the Scottish Cross Country Championships in Falkirk.