Durham University Swimming Club

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Durham University Swimming Team
Durham shield.png
Team information
University Durham University
Location Durham, County Durham
Founded 1832 (1832)
Colors

     Palatinate
     White

Home pool Freeman's Quay
Durham School

Swimming at the University of Durham is operated predominantly through Durham University Swimming Club (or DUSC). The club is made up of a wide selection of swimmers throughout the University from the various colleges, though is mainly aimed towards swimmers competing for the University. They compete every year in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships (or BUCS)[1] in both the Short Course and Long Course championships, both held at the international swimming pool Ponds Forge, Sheffield in November and February respectively. The club enjoys a reasonable degree of success at these events, where they often have a significant number of finalists, who compete directly against members of the British Swimming team, such as Liam Tancock (current world record holder),[2] as well as double Olympic Gold Medallist Rebecca Adlington.

The club also competes in the BUCS team championships,[3] where the 1st team compete in the Northern Division 1 and the 2nd team in Northern Division 2, having both winning promotion from Northern Division 2 and 3 respectively in the 2012/13 season.

Club information[edit]

DUSC is associated with Team Durham,[4] and receives funding as well as help in other areas from this organisation. DUSC does not have access to a university owned pool, and instead train predominantly at the Durham County Council owned Freeman's Quay, which opened in 2008, as well as weekly sessions at Durham School. They also have access to gym facilities at the Graham Sports Centre at Maiden Castle. DUSC have recently been able to finance the services of part-time coaches, the first of which was Fred Kirby, who wrote the clubs sessions and appeared on poolside intermittently during the 2008-09 season. He was then replaced by Sunderland ASC coach Paul Hogg, who led weekly sessions on poolside. In November it was announced that Paul was unable to continue his position beyond the end of the month due to a new job offer from the Amateur Swimming Association, and he was replaced by Chris Leighton.[citation needed] The club's gym sessions are also monitored by employees of Team Durham.

The BUCS championships at Sheffield twice a year are the most significant event of the club's competitive calendar. DUSC features prominently in these meets, both in the pool and on poolside. In the pool, the club's levels of performance have improved remarkably over the past two years with the arrival of more pool times at the new Freeman's Quay and professionally written sets from both Fred Kirby and Paul Hogg. This has resulted in a large amount of final placings and the majority of the club's records being broken.[citation needed]

The Inter-Collegiate swimming competition, hosted at Durham School on two separate nights (one for Hill colleges, the other for Durham colleges on the Bailey), is also a regular annual event with the winners receiving the Inter-College Cup.

Executive Committee[edit]

Club Captain Ruth Ewing
Vice-Captain Aaron Waterhouse
Treasurer Jenny "Winston" Fowler
General Secretary Matthew "Ginger" Holroyd
Strength & Conditioning Secretary Adam Lewis
Alumni & Fundraising Secretary Tom Stuart (Ex-Captain Shark)
Social Secretary Gracey Fletcher

History[edit]

The club has a vast and illustrious history that spans many years, tracing its origins back to the formation of the University in 1832.[verification needed] Notable former swimmers include the legendary Marc Hansen (who has since gone on to join Loughborough University swimming team) and Chris Webber, both former captains of the team, who were instrumental in converting the culture and philosophy amongst the club, making it more success-orientated and socially appealing. Their efforts have helped to expand the member base and improve performances at BUCS. The club has also contained international swimmers who have competed in major international multi-sport games. Caroline Saxby competed for England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she reached the final in the Women's 800m & 400m Freestyle, coming 6th and 7th respectively. Adam Jackson also competed for the Isle of Man in the 50m & 100m Breaststroke at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The club also contained international multi-eventers, including former U23 European Duathlon Silver Medalist Matt Gunby, a member of the British Triathlon team, and Nick Zissler, who has represented Great Britain in Modern Pentathlon. The club also has two current British Senior Age Group Swimming Champions, James Benson (three-times British Champion in the 50m,100m & 200m Butterfly), and Alex Smith (200m Backstroke).

2009- present[edit]

The 2009 BUCS Long Course Championships saw the emergence of the legendary Men's relay team[according to whom?] who achieved nationwide renown amongst other University teams for there ability to compete against the Universities operating within the British Swimming Olympic Performance Squads. This team, consisting of Tom Bill, Graham Bruce, Marc Hansen and the controversial James Benson, achieved placings of 5th and 6th in the 4x100m Medley and 4x100m Freestyle teams respectively, and broke the University records in each event by considerable margins (their records still stand today). The great recent history of Men's Relay teams has continued, with Benson and Bill teaming up with Alex Smith and James Norman to achieve an impressive 4th place in the 4x50m Freestyle team at the 2010 Short Course Championships.

2009 also saw the arrival of the Durham B Team amongst the Team Swimming Championships. Starting in Northern Division 3 and captained by Tom Williams, the team finished 4th out of 16 and qualify for the National Team Finals. The original Durham Team, who were relegated from Northern Division 1 in 2008, were renamed Durham A, and came 2nd in Northern Division 2 (with the men gaining 166 out of 180 available points, the most in any league), and also qualified for the National Team Finals. In the first National Team Finals with two Durham teams, both gained promotion, with Durham A coming 4th in the Trophy Final (where they were the highest placed Northern Team), and Durham B finishing 5th in the Shield Final.

Results[edit]

BUCS Results[edit]

Season Championship Top 12 Finishes Top 12 Swimmers
2008-09 Short Course '08
6
Louise Griffiths (x3), James Benson (x2), Julie Wardlow
Long Course '09
18
Tom Bill (x3), Louise Griffiths (x3), Julie Wardlow (x3), James Benson (x2), Vikki Frith (x2), Men's Relay (x2), Graham Bruce, Lucie Edmunds, Marc Hansen
2009-10 Short Course '09
8
James Benson (x2), Vikki Frith (x2), Men's Relay (x2), Tom Bill, Annie Knapman
Long Course '10
14
James Benson (x3), Tom Bill (x3), Graham Bruce (x2), Vikki Frith (x2), Men's Relay (x2), Vicky Bradshaw, Julie Wardlow
2010-11 Short Course '10
11
Annie Knapman (x3), James Benson (x2), Men's Relay (x2), Vicky Bradshaw, Becky Green, Charlotte Lilley, Emma Schofield

Team Championships Results[edit]

Season Team Division Northern Division Points Northern Division Placing National Division Points National Division Placing
2008-09 Durham
1
96
6th (Relegated)
DNQ
DNQ
2009-10 Durham A
2
250
2nd (Qualified)
176
4th (1st North - Promoted)
Durham B
3
232
5th (Qualified)
152
5th (3rd North - Promoted)

Inter-College Championships[edit]

Colleges compete annually for the Inter-College Championships, with the winning College receiving the Inter-College Cup.

Year Winners Runners Up Top Bailey college Top Hill college
2010 Durham - Trevelyan arms.png Trevelyan Durham - George Stephenson arms.png George Stephenson Durham - University College arms.png University Durham - Trevelyan arms.png Trevelyan

Records[edit]

Men (Short Course)[edit]

Event Name Time College Date Location
50m Butterfly James Benson 26.01 Durham - University College arms.png University 15/11/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Butterfly James Benson 56.86 Durham - University College arms.png University 14/11/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Butterfly Chris Dove 2.03.88 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 03/11/12 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Backstroke Tom Bill 26.99 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 13/03/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Backstroke Tom Bill 1.00.01 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 14/11/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Backstroke Matt Holroyd 2.12.43 St Mary's College, Durham.svg St Mary's 04/11/12 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Breaststroke Luke Belton 30.25 Josephine Butler College Crest.png Josephine Butler College 07/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Breaststroke Luke Belton 1.05.37 Josephine Butler College Crest.png Josephine Butler College 08/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Breaststroke Luke Belton 2.20.32 Josephine Butler College Crest.png Josephine Butler College 07/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Freestyle Tom Bill 23.94 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 13/11/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Freestyle Oliver Harris 52.94 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 13/11/11 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Freestyle James Benson 1.55.87 Durham - University College arms.png University 06/12/09 Nottingham University
400m Freestyle Chris Pratt 4.23.37 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 05/12/04 Wear Valley
800m Freestyle Sean Young 9.56.95 Durham - Van Mildert arms.png Van Mildert 12/11/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
1500m Freestyle Mark Simkiss 17.38.56 Durham - St Hild and Bede arms.png Hild Bede 22/11/03 Weston Super Mare
100m Individual Medley Tom Bill 59.48 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 13/03/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Individual Medley Graham Bruce 2.14.25 Durham - Van Mildert arms.png Van Mildert 15/11/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
400m Individual Medley Graham Bruce 4.54.61 Durham - Van Mildert arms.png Van Mildert 14/11/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x50m Medley Relay Tom Bill, Graham Bruce, James Benson, Alex Smith 1.47.91 Durham shield.png Durham University 13/03/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x50m Freestyle Relay Tom Bill, James Norman, James Benson, Alex Smith 1.35.13 Durham shield.png Durham University 13/11/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield

Women (Short Course)[edit]

Event Name Time College Date Location
50m Butterfly Leah Altoft 29.68 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 07/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Butterfly Leah Altoft 1.03.35 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 07/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Butterfly Grace Fletcher 2.41.19 John Snow College, Durham.svg John Snow 08/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Backstroke Vicky Turner 30.66 Durham - St Chad's arms2.png St Chad's 02/11/12 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Backstroke Leah Altoft 1.03.04 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 08/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Backstroke Caroline Saxby 2.23.32 Durham - George Stephenson arms.png George Stephenson 06/12/03 Wear Valley
50m Breaststroke Leah Altoft 34.11 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 08/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Breaststroke Leah Altoft 1.12.95 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 08/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Breaststroke Vicki Beaney 2.37.69 Durham - University College arms.png University 19/11/05 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Freestyle Laura Welford 27.41 Unknown 10/10/04 Groningen, Netherlands
100m Freestyle Laura Welford 59.80 Unknown 09/10/04 Groningen, Netherlands
200m Freestyle Leah Altoft 02.10.54 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 24/11/13 The Edge Leisure Centre, Leeds
400m Freestyle Caroline Saxby 4.23.04 Durham - George Stephenson arms.png George Stephenson 06/12/03 Wear Valley
800m Freestyle Becky Green 10.09.00 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 12/11/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
1500m Freestyle Emma Schofield 19.10.77 Durham - St Hild and Bede arms.png Hild Bede 12/11/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Individual Medley Annie Knapman 1.08.97 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 13/03/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Individual Medley Jenny Fowler 2.27.41 Durham - Trevelyan arms.png Trevelyan 03/11/12 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
400m Individual Medley Jenny Fowler 5.09.87 Durham - Trevelyan arms.png Trevelyan 03/11/12 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x50m Medley Relay Vicky Turner, Leah Altoft, Grace Fletcher, Jenny Fowler 2.03.95 Durham shield.png Durham University 08/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x50m Freestyle Relay Leah Altoft, Megan Hipkiss, Jenny Fowler, Vicky Turner 1.52.70 Durham shield.png Durham University 07/12/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield

Men (Long Course)[edit]

Event Name Time College Date Location
50m Butterfly James Benson 26.75 Durham - University College arms.png University 20/02/10 Sunderland
100m Butterfly James Benson 58.36 Durham - University College arms.png University 21/02/10 Sunderland
200m Butterfly James Benson 2.10.30 Durham - University College arms.png University 20/02/10 Sunderland
50m Backstroke Tom Bill 28.62 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 14/02/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Backstroke Tom Bill 1.01.73 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 15/02/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Backstroke Matt Holroyd 2.21.05 St Mary's College, Durham.svg St Mary's 23/02/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Breaststroke Graham Bruce 31.56 Durham - Van Mildert arms.png Van Mildert 14/02/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Breaststroke Chris Pratt 1.09.04 St Aidan's College.svg St Aidan's 20/02/05 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Breaststroke Chris Butterfield 2.32.58 Durham - Van Mildert arms.png Van Mildert 21/01/04 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Freestyle James Norman 24.91 St Mary's College, Durham.svg St Mary's 23/02/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Freestyle Oliver Harris 53.96 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 12/02/12 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Freestyle James Benson 2.00.19 Durham - University College arms.png University 06/12/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
400m Freestyle James Benson 4.27.60 Durham - University College arms.png University 21/02/09 Sunderland
800m Freestyle James Benson 9.08.58 Durham - University College arms.png University 21/02/09 Sunderland
1500m Freestyle James Benson 17.13.31 Durham - University College arms.png University 21/02/09 Sunderland
200m Individual Medley Tom Bill 2.18.59 Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 15/02/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
400m Individual Medley Adam Jackson 5.27.90 Durham - St Hild and Bede arms.png Hild Bede 16/02/03 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x100m Medley Relay Tom Bill, Graham Bruce, James Benson, Marc Hansen 4.04.88 Durham shield.png Durham University 14/02/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x100m Freestyle Relay Tom Bill, Graham Bruce, James Benson, Marc Hansen 3.38.36 Durham shield.png Durham University 13/02/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield

Women (Long Course)[edit]

Event Name Time College Date Location
50m Butterfly Amber Bonshor 31.47 Durham - St Cuthberts arms.png St Cuth's 14/02/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Butterfly Amber Bonshor 1.11.30 Durham - St Cuthberts arms.png St Cuth's 13/02/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Butterfly Jenny Fowler 2.37.92 Durham - Trevelyan arms.png Trevelyan 24/02/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Backstroke Vicky Turner 31.96 Durham - St Chad's arms2.png St Chad's 23/02/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Backstroke Vicky Turner 1.10.06 Durham - St Chad's arms2.png St Chad's 24/02/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Backstroke Caroline Saxby 2.25.42 Durham - George Stephenson arms.png George Stephenson 21/02/04 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Breaststroke Vicki Beaney 34.75 Durham - University College arms.png University 11/02/06 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Breaststroke Vicki Beaney 1.15.69 Durham - University College arms.png University 12/02/06 Stechford, Birmingham
200m Breaststroke Vicki Beaney 2.41.14 Durham - University College arms.png University 11/02/06 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
50m Freestyle Laura Welford 27.58 Unknown 19/02/05 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
100m Freestyle Laura Welford 1.00.13 Unknown 20/02/05 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Freestyle Caroline Saxby 2.07.27 Durham - George Stephenson arms.png George Stephenson 15/02/03 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
400m Freestyle Caroline Saxby 4.20.66 Durham - George Stephenson arms.png George Stephenson 15/02/03 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
800m Freestyle Caroline Saxby 8.55.00 Durham - George Stephenson arms.png George Stephenson 15/02/03 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
1500m Freestyle Vicky Bradshaw 20.57.94 Durham - University College arms.png University 12/02/10 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200m Individual Medley Ana Walpole 2.46.85 Durham - St Johns arms.png St John's 15/02/09 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
400m Individual Medley Jenny Fowler 5.26.61 Durham - Trevelyan arms.png Trevelyan 23/02/13 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x100m Medley Relay Laura Welford, Vicki Beaney, Becky Lister, Jo Sherwood 4.48.93 Durham shield.png Durham University 19/02/05 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
4x100m Freestyle Relay Laura Welford, Vicki Beaney, Becky Lister, Jo Sherwood 4.14.65 Durham shield.png Durham University 18/02/05 Ponds Forge, Sheffield

Notable Former Swimmers[edit]

Name College Years Information
Lucie Edmunds Durham - University College arms.png University 2007-10 Vice Captain 2009-10
Tom "Spank" Williams Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 2006-10 Durham B Captain 2009-10, Exec Member 2007-10, Half Palatinate
Vikki Frith Durham - Trevelyan arms.png Trevelyan 2007-10 Social Sec 2009-10
Peter "Flash" Foster Durham - Collingwood arms.png Collingwood 2006-10 Multiple Best Team Spirit Award Winner
Marc "Mov" Hansen Durham - Van Mildert arms.png Van Mildert 2006-09 Captain 2007-08, Member of Legendary Men's Relay Team 2008-09, Half Palatinate
Chris Webber Durham - Grey arms.png Grey 2005-09 Captain 2008-09, Half Palatinate
Geraint Evans Durham - Grey arms.png Grey 2009-2013 Multiple Best Team Spirit Award Winner, Head of Strength and Conditioning 2010-2012.
Louise Griffiths Durham - Van Mildert arms.png Van Mildert 2006-09 Vice Captain 2008-09, Multiple BUCS Finalist, Half Palatinate

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