2018/19 Captains roundups
Men’s Water Polo Captain, David Price:
This season has been a very successful one for the University of Leeds Men’s Water Polo First team with the boys starting off the year solidly as always by beating our rivals Leeds Beckett at Varsity ... The winning form then continued throughout the year as we enjoyed being undefeated in the league this year meaning we have been promoted to the North 1A division for the following season. Yet more Silverware was collected by the boys as the team became BUCS cup champions by beating a University of Liverpool side in the final, after overcoming rivals Beckett in the extremely close game finishing with the winning goal coming in the final seconds of the game. The semi final game summed up the boy’s ‘never say die’ attitude to exceed all expectations of them and enjoy a brilliant season. I would like to end with a huge Thank You and Congratulations to all the boys this year and especially to the final years, who have left the club in a better state than when they arrived. Water Polo at the University of Leeds is experiencing exciting times and I wish them all the best of luck in the years to come.
Women’s Water Polo Secretary, Abigail Lence:
Women’s waterpolo has been a strong force this year, especially with so many new players training hard to meet game standard. Last year we suffered a demotion, resulting in this year's league being at a lower standard which meant second-team player got more game practice and set plays could be tested in matches. With a successful year and being moved up a league, we will need to carry on with our strong play and set moves to make a stance in the higher league making sure other teams acknowledge us as a threat. This year would have not been possible without the leadership of Captain Leah West bringing the team together through her coaching and friendliness.
2018/19 Captain roundup (Ella Charisse Mencel):
Overall this year we have seen numerous successes both for the whole team and for individuals within the team. At both BUCS long and short course, the women's, men's and mixed relay teams made it to their respective finals, consistently placing high. At BUCS Teams, Leeds A placed 6th in the Championship Conference A and Leeds B placed 11th in the Trophy Conference A. Additionally, at varsity, Leeds Men’s Team took victory, and Leeds Woman’s narrowly missed out by 3 points. At Duel in the Pool and Christie Cup, Leeds came home victorious. Individually, multiple University records were broken and four of our swimmers collected awards at the sports colours awards.
Water Polo Men's 1s
Leeds Beckett (Varsity): 11 - 5 (W)
Liverpool (BUCS): 11 - 12 (L)
Beckett (BUCS): 18 - 7 (W)
Lancaster (BUCS): 8 - 7 (L)
Newcastle (BUCS): 14 - 12 (W)
Liverpool (BUCS): 9 - 9 (D)
Manchester (BUCS): 12 -9 (W)
Lancaster (friendly): 11 - 4 (W)
Leeds Beckett (BUCS): 14 - 4 (W)
Manchester (BUCS): 10 - 17 (L)
Lancaster (BUCS): 7 - 6 (W)
Water Polo Women's 1s
Leeds Beckett (Varsity): 18 - 9 (W)
Liverpool (BUCS): 3 - 22 (L)
Uni of Sheffield (BUCS): 3 - 33 (L)
Northumbria (BUCS): 7 - 18 (L)
Lancaster (BUCS): 6 - 5 (W)
Liverpool (BUCS): 25 - 2 (L)
Lancaster (BUCS cup): 8 - 5 (L)
Lancaster (friendly): 3 - 2 (W)
Sheffield Hallam (BUCS): 0 - 31 (L)
Lancaster: 6 - 35 (L)
BUCS Short Course 2019
Overall this weekend was a huge success for the team in both individual and relay events.
DAY 1: We arrived on Friday to the first session. We started with the mixed medley relay in which our team placed 13th in the country and smashed a new university record. Next was the heats of the 4x50m freestyle relay in which the men’s team qualified for the A final and the women’s team qualified for the B final.
DAY 2: The success continued on Saturday in the men’s 50m freestyle with one of our swimmers Declan Dahill-Rowan qualified for the A final and finished 9th with a new university record and winter national qualifying time of 22.90. Also in the B final Andrei Belonogoff placed 10th with a time of 23.96. Then came the finals for the 4x50 freestyle relays, qualified for the previous day, the men’s team placed 10th with a time 1:34.01, and the women’s team coming 2nd in the B final with a time of 1:49.79.
DAY 3: It wasn’t over yet as we still had the Sunday session to go, our very own Joe Stott smashing a new university record in the 50m butterfly of 25.19 also qualifying him for winter nationals, this didn’t stand for long as in the B final he managed to go even faster and swim a 25.06 placing 5th. Last but by far not least the women’s 4x50 medley team went and won the B final breaking a new university record 1:59.43.
We have had an amazing weekend and we look forward to the next round of the series in February where we hope to do even better!
Duel in the Pool (friendly vs Lancaster)
A friendly Varsity-style competition against Lancaster for both our Performance and Competition squads saw Leeds come out victorious with the scores as follows:
Leeds Women - 140
Lancaster Women - 105
Leeds Men - 143
Lancaster Men - 108
Leeds - 307
Lancaster - 231
BUCS Long Course 2020
Last weekend saw the second edition of the Speedo-BUCS swim series at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. This event was, just like last time, a huge success for the team, breaking many university records and placing 17thoverall with 33 BUCS points. Two major achievements were made by our Women’s Captain Steph Williams and Declan Dahill-Rowan who both qualified for Olympic trials on their 50m freestyle.
We arrived on Friday and much like the first competition the mixed medley team started us off, qualifying for the final and placing 10th overall with a time of 4:24.46. Also on this evening were the 4x100 freestyle teams for both men’s and women’s, the men’s team qualifying for the B-final and the women’s going on to the A-final.
Saturday brought the excitement of these finals but before that we had the medley relays to compete in, again the Women made the A-final and the men into the B-final on Sunday. Now Saturdays finals, the Women put in a huge effort on the A-final finishing 8th overall with a time of 4:06.52, not quite as fast as the heats 4:05.91 which was a university record.
The men’s 4x100m freestyle team won the B-final that evening with a time of 3:37.06.
Also on Saturday Declan Dahill-Rowan and Steph Williams both competed in the 50m freestyle both making the finals and finishing with times 23.74 and 26.94 respectively, both qualifying for Olympic trials.
Sunday was the final day of the competition, in the finals on these days the women placed 10th with a time of 4:35.03 and the men 6th in the B-final with a time 4:07.19. Another notable swim on Friday was our own Bradley Veitch taking on Olympian Duncan Scott at the 200m butterfly, Bradley put in a valiant effort but Duncan only just beat him to make the final.
Nothern Univeristy Development League (Competition Squad)
Thank you for all those who competed in any of the three galas of Northern University Development League!
I was so proud to take such a big team to the final round in Nottingham finishing 9th overall!
We gained the most points in the first round, closely followed by the third. Unsurprisingly, the second round didn’t go as well but that might have to do with having Christmas dinner being the night before!
Hopefully next year we can take full teams to every round and move up the league table even more.
Feel like a proud mama, well done. Love Amy x (Competition and Development Captain)