By Reginaldo Rosario
University of Sheffield swimmers bought home three medals after the BUCS Nationals weekend at Ponds Forge.
Luke Howdle won a silver medal after finishing second behind the University of Bath’s Matthew Johnson in the 200-meter butterfly final on Sunday afternoon.
It was a close battle; Howdle was in third in the early stages of the final, before finding a burst of energy at the midway point to move ahead of Loughborough University’s Kevin Wallbank. He was unable to close the gap to Johnson in the end, missing out on gold by a second.
Howdle, who also finished fourth in the 100-metre butterfly on Saturday, missing out on a medal by two tenths, was pleased with his overall performance throughout the weekend.
He said: “It’s obviously nice to retain the silver medal I won in the same event last year. I just couldn’t find the power to get past Matthew [Johnson] at the end, but it’s amazing just to be able to compete here and win another medal”.
He continued: “Hopefully I can kick on and win gold [next year], but it certainly won’t be an easy task and I can’t wait for BUCS to roll around again this time in 2017″.
Sheffield’s second two medals were won by the women’s relay team, with of Alice Morgan, Faye Henesy, Amber Keegan and Heather Lawson claiming gold in the 4×100 metre freestyle B final, and Lawson, Morgan, Henesy and Alice Latham winning silver in the 4×100 metre individual medley B final.
Keegan came closest to a medal in the elite categories for the women, finishing fourth in both the 800-metre freestyle and the 400-metre individual medley.
Both events were won by British Olympian Aimee Willmott, swimming for the University of East London.
Speaking after the individual medley on Saturday morning, she said: “Obviously it’s gutting to miss out on a medal in both events. I faded out towards the end, and that’s cost me. But congratulations to the other medalists, and especially Aimee [Willmott] – she’s a class above.”