Ponds Forge 2016The University of Sunderland men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team won their heat in the annual BUCS Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, this evening.

The relay team claimed victory in their heat after their opponents Staffordshire were disqualified.

Sunderland looked to finish third behind Northampton and Staffordshire, however, Northampton pulled out in the third lap before Staffordshire were disqualified despite finishing first ahead of the Wearsiders.

Despite the positive start to the championships, Sunderland could not do enough to make it through to the finals as they recorded a time of 4:29.17.

Edinburgh University had the fastest time in all of the 4x100m freestyle heats, with a time of 3:31.12

The first day included a great standard of swimmers across all distances as two championship records were broken on the opening day.

Aimee Willmott of East London University and a world championship finalist broke the 800m freestyle record with a time of 8:36:00.

Tim Shuttleworth, from Loughborough University, broke the 1500m freestyle championship record with a time of 15:19.57.

There is plenty of Sunderland interest in the pool tomorrow as the morning session includes Ruby Lawrence competing in the 50m backstroke. She will return in the afternoon for the 50m freestyle.

Daniel Crosier and Daniel Scurr will both be competing in the men’s 50m backstroke, while Josh Campbell is taking part in the men’s 50m breaststroke, followed by the 200m breaststroke in the afternoon.

Stephen Mitchinson and Glen Lowes will be in the pool for the afternoon session, as they both take part in the men’s 50m freestyle.

Androniki Mazi will be competing in the women’s 50m freestyle heats in the afternoon session.

After a promising start to the championships, Sunderland will be looking to build on more success during the weekend.



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