A quick run down of last week's Swimming and Water Polo Varsity contests
On Wednesday 19th March the University of Bristol Swimming and Water Polo club scored a decisive victory over UWE, winning three out of three of their Varsity contests. All three contests were held at the University Swimming Pool from 2pm. The Men’s Water Polo team kicked off the action winning their match in fairly tightly fought game. Although Bristol lead from the outset, UWE battled hard to avoid an embarrassing defeat maintaining pressure on the Bristol side throughout. Ultimately UWE’s attempts were no match for Bristol’s strength who won the game 8 goals to 4. Next up were the Women’s Water Polo team who maintained the earlier momentum to score the second win of the day. In the absence of their usual goal keepers, the Women’s team defended effectively to reduce UWE’s opportunities to score. Final score: Bristol wins 10 goals to 6. The afternoon culminated in the Swimming competition, which saw both Bristol and UWE entering A and B teams for a tightly fought varsity gala. From the first event, the 4x50m Medley Relay, it was clear that the UWE Men’s swimming team would be a force to be reckoned with. Despite this, the Bristol Men’s side battled hard to make small gains against the strong UWE side with strong performances in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. Coupled with a convincing performance from the Bristol Women’s team and strong performances from all in the mixed relays, Bristol won the match 59 points to 54.
A huge thanks goes out to all those who helped out organising the event and volunteering with tabling and time-keeping on the day. This year's Varsity was a huge success and it couldn't have happened with your help! We'd also like to say thanks to UWE Swimming and Water Polo club for being such fantastic sports on the day (and in the pub later on!). Same time next year?
Rachel Hollington powers forward for another goal
Felicity Hamilton-Cox and Emily Balkwill (lanes 3 and 1) at the start of the Women's 50m Breaststroke
The points were close in the Swimming and the final few relays proved a little tense!