Open Water Varsity 2019 Roundup

With no Biannual Channel Swim in 2019, the Cambridge open water season was geared towards our annual varsity race at Henley.

The swim was 2.1km upstream along the Henley regatta rowing course with the race start at 5:40am. This year the varsity swimmers were combined into the “performance wave” of the Henley Classic Swim to add to the competitive feel. All the Cambridge team put in strong swims to be proud of, especially considering how new to open water swimming some of them were. Special mentions go to Naoki Toyomura and Evie Anema as the fastest Cambridge man and woman respectively.

Sadly, our efforts were in vain and Oxford won both Men’s and Women’s Varsity. However, the Women’s Varsity was closely contested with Oxford only narrowly coming out on top. There were no alumni races this year, but Cambridge did win the mob match for the 5th consecutive year. The Cambridge team reflected the strong diversity in open water swimming with pentathletes, triathletes, swimmers and water polo players all involved.

Cambridge results: Naoki Toyomura (32:15), Matthew Chadwick (35:27), Evie Anema (35:30), Eve Hull (35:42), Meghan Mulhern (35:43), Kit Gallagher (36:22) and Abbie Currington (45:24)

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Swim Varsity 2019

Swimming Varsity 2019 Match Report

Following on from 2018’s exhilarating draw, Varsity 2019 did not disappoint. Once again, it was a close, well-fought match that came down to the last few relays.

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First up, in the women’s 200m IM, freshers Ellie O’Keeffe and Eve Hull finished first and fourth respectively, with Ellie smashing her PB to comfortably win. The men’s 200m IM was a similar story with an unbelievable swim from fresher Theo Cannon smashing the uni record in a time of 2:04.73 to get the victory, and Alex Lezard just missing out on third place by an agonising 0.29s.

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Next up was backstroke. In the women’s event, Anna Kirk and Clarra Starrsjo finished second and fourth with Anna Kirk missing out on the win by just 0.32s. In the men’s event a valiant swim by Segev Gonen Cohen saw him just pipped into third. Alex Lezard also swam.

200m freestyle was a good event for Cambridge, with a first and third finish through Katrin Heider and Meghan Mulhern in the women’s event. Once again, Cambridge just lost a close finish as Meghan was beaten to second place by 0.47s. Cambridge’s men had not dropped points in a freestyle events for the last 2 years, and this trend continued as captain Henry Choong and Marcin Chrapek bossed the Oxford swimmers to comfortably get the first light blue one-two of the day.

In the 100m butterfly, Ellie O’Keeffe and Amy Felgate finished second and third, and Hugo Bellamy and Theo Cannon finished first-third to gain more points over Oxford. Hugo in particular deserves credit here as he had been out injured for 4 months and started swimming again just days before Varsity. Heading into the first mini interval, Cambridge were winning by a small 2 points margin.

After some much needed rest in the 10 minute interval, the women got things underway again with 400m freestyle. It was a three-way battle between Meghan Mulhern and the Oxford swimmers all the way, with just 1.11s separating their finishing times. In the end, Meghan secured second place and Kate Lewis finished fourth. A cycling injury to lightning Cambridge fresher Jacques Bonsell hindered Cambridge’s men’s 400m attempts, as Oxford finally gained some freestyle points. Marcin Chrapek came first in another masterfully controlled race by him, and Joe Anderson came a close fourth after going out a bit too hard at the start.

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100m breastoke next. Juliet Merelie and Charlotte Rowlands came second and third, and then Lewis Waters pulled out a huge swim to break announcer Dom Holloway’s university record with a time of 1:03.37. Sadly, Oxford had one of the best breaststrokers in the country so this was only enough for second place. Segev Gonen Cohen again performed well, but finished fourth in a stacked race.

The 100m freestyle finished off the individual racing. The women’s race dominated by Katrin Heider in 58.43 with women’s captain Georgia Crawford close behind in 3rd, also dipping under the 1 minute mark in a 59.84.  The men’s race was the closest race of the afternoon, with men’s captain Henry Choong pulling out a huge swim to win by 0.01 over Oxford, in a university record style of 51.10. Teammate Finn Harman also gave a stellar perfomance to grab 3rd in a blistering 51.23.

With just the four relays to go, worth 7 points for a win and 3 points for coming second, Cambridge were winning by 2 points, and so needed to win two relays to clinch the overall win. The men’s and women’s medley teams both lost but not without valiant battle, including the first appearance of the anchor Georgios Nikolakoudis to bring home the men. Onto the freestyle relays with Cambridge now needing to win them both. In a super close race, the Cambridge women’s quartet just lost to Oxford’s team by 0.5 seconds. Oxford had won overall, but in the last eventthe men’s team of Henry Choong, Finn Harman, Theo Cannon and Marcin Chrapek dominated Oxford by over 6 seconds to take the win, and hand Cambridge the men’s overall win.

Overall, a really exciting day and one of the closest Varsities in recent memory. You can find the full results here: http://www.cocsc.org.uk/varsity2019.

Water polo Varsity

On the 16th of February, we faced off our rivals, Oxf*rd, for an exciting home Varsity at Parkside Pools, Kelsey Kerridge.

The day began with the alumni match, featuring players who have graduated, including old captains. There was a great turnout of players for both teams and it was a fun start to the day, with Cambridge getting the win at 8-9. Amazing to see old faces back in the pool, reunited by the sport they love. IMG_3966IMG_4047 IMG_4156IMG_4271

This was followed by the first ever women’s seconds match, which went off to a flying start to Cambridge, with the score sitting at 6-1 at the end of the third quarter, Oxford tried to bring it back at the end but it finished at 7-4 to Cambridge, making Cambridge the first-ever winners of this match! Amazing job ladies.

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Then came the Men’s Seconds, which was an exciting match with a strong start from us, but sadly ended in Cambridge’s first loss of the day. Despite some valiant effort (great to see our boys putting their all in until the end), the score alas, was 10-4 to Oxford.

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The Women’s Firsts match was a very tightly run competition between the two teams, with no goals at all in the first quarter, and only 2-0 to Cambridge by half time. In the second half of the game, the score levelled out but with only seconds to go, Oxford scored the winner, leaving it 6-5 Oxford. Bad luck, but a great match to watch nonetheless!

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Lastly, we then witnessed some amazing play by the Cambridge Men’s Firsts. It was an incredible match to watch and round up the day with.  After last year’s unlucky loss, they brought home the well-deserved trophy in a game that ended 8-6. Congratulations!

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Overall, Water Polo Varsity 2019 was a memorable day, filled with exciting matches and great gameplay. Despite some losses, they were hard-fought and close matches, and we are incredibly proud of our wins and the improvement we made collectively as a team. Thank you for all the spectators who came out to support us, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. It was a good year for us and hopefully next year we can keep winning more! Thank you to all those who helped out with coaching our teams, managing the stands, refereeing, tabling, and making this year’s Varsity possible.

Go Light Blues!

CUSWPC Varsities

WATER POLO VARSITY – 16 February 2019, Parkside Pools:

13:15 – 14:15 Alumni Match
14:15 – 15:30 Women’s Seconds Match
15:30 – 16:45 Men’s Seconds Match
16:45 – 18:00 Women’s Firsts Match
18:00 – 19:15 Men’s Firsts Match

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SWIMMING VARSITY – 3 March 2019, Parkside Pools:

12:00 – 13:45 Seconds Swimming Varsity
14:00 – 14:15 Alumni Warm Up
14:15 – 14:45 Alumni Swimming Relays
14:45 – 15:05 Blues Swimming Warm Up
15:15 – 15:40 Blues Swimming Parade
15:40 – 18:00 Blues Swimming Varsity

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CUSWPC in the past

We are asking photos  of the club from alumni and were super happy with how many replies we already recieved, there are so many great photos!

This is part of a ‘vitual clubhouse’ we are trying to create so we can have the full history of the club because it would be a shame to lose this information.

If you know the names of anyone in your photo/ any of those that are up then we can label them.

Thanks to Daniel Woolcott, Peter de Groot, James Whidborne, David Cooke, Roger Alderson, Peter Kempe and Bob Harris for giving us the photos below.

If you have any more  photos to send us then please do to cd545|at|cam.ac.ukDolphinsTadpoles 1961CUSWPC1962

CUSWPC 1962

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CUSC& OUSC women 1964

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CUSWPC team 1964

CUSWPC team June 1965

CUSWPC June 1965

CUSWPC team 1967

CUSWPC team 1967

 

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CUSC 1967

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CUSC at Kittens club 1967

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CU Men 2012

CU Men Varsity Dinner 2012 (2011-12)

Back Row (L-R):

Andras Kapuvari, Tom Maxey, ??, Roumteen Keshe, Michael Weeks, David Leigh, Mike Gormally, Sean True, Matija Marijan, Owen Waugh, Christoph Schmidhuber, Josh Hirschowitz, Adam Kuo

Front Row (L-R):

Ultimate TJ, Matt Ingrams, Hamish Crichton, Dan Woolcott, Pete Lucas, Ian Cooper

Varsity Lineup 2013

Varsity Lineup 2013 (2012-13)

Cambridge Front to Back: Hamish Crichton, Bruno Federico (GK), Dan Woolcott, Tom Maxey, Andras Kapuvari, Mike Gormally, Alex Davies, Favio Van Der Zuid, Ina Cooper, Brett Ormrod, Devan Du Plooy, TJ, Josh Hirschowitz

CU Men 2013

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CU Men Trinity 2013

CU Men 2013 (outside Trinity)

CU Men UPolo Finals 2013

CU Men UPolo Finals 2013 (2012-13)

(L-R) Fabio Van der Zuid, Dan Woolcott, Sean True, Hamish Crichton, Alex Davies, Nick Ludford, Brett Ormrod, Devan Du Plooy, TJ

CU Men & Women UPolo Finals 2013

 

CU Men & Women UPolo Finals 2013 2012-13 Season.

Back Row (L-R):

Nick Ludford (Womens Coach), Fran Brandon, Dan Woolcott, Sean True, Alex Kellaway, Fabio Van der Zuid, Becky Hulbert, Devan Du Plooy, Beth Eastwood, Hamish Crichton

Front Row (L-R):

Anna Sutcliffe, Alex Davies, Sophie Clarke, Brett Ormrod, Becky Wetten, TJ

 

 

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Relays Gala 2018

On 20th October 2018, Cambridge University Swimming Club welcomed UCL, KCL, Imperial and Leicester to Parkside Pools for the annual season-opening Relays Gala. Cambridge entered two teams, named Team Alpha and Team Aleph in honour of random alphabets worldwide. With neither team selected to be stronger than the other, the stage (pool) was set for some tight races. Several Cambridge newbies made their debuts in light blue – on the male side Joe Anderson, Jacques Bonsell, Theo Cannon and Segev Gonen Cohen all appeared for the first time whilst Eve Hull, Anna Kirk, Meghan Mulhern, Ellie O’Keeffe, and Elizabeth Perry all made their debuts on the women’s team.

The first half of the event consisted of the individual events – 100m of each of the four strokes and 100m individual medley were contested. Some impressive victories, particularly by Bonsell, Cannon and Kirk in the Men’s 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, and Ladies’ 100m backstroke respectively, saw both Cambridge teams at the top of the leaderboard at halfway. However, having won the Ladies’ 100m individual medley and the Men’s 100m backstroke, UCL were close behind just 5 points down.

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Photo credits: Cassius Clark

The events in the second half were the relays. 4 x 50m relays of each stroke for each gender were raced, and then mixed gender 8 x 50m medley and 8 x 50m freestyle relays concluded the competition. Following on from the strong individual events, Cambridge’s swimmers continued to ooze speed and class as they extended their leads at the top of the points table, winning every relay and getting a 1-2 finish in six out of the ten relays. The highlight of the second half was no doubt the Cambridge breaststrokers squaring off against each other, as Daniel Toy pipped a tiring Finn Harman in the first leg of the breaststroke relay.

The final standings were:

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Cambridge Alpha102
Cambridge Aleph92
University College London77
University of Leicester58
King's College London46
Imperial College45

Thank you to everyone who came to make this memorable event happen, and well done to our winners Team Cambridge!

Meet the 2018-19 Commitee!

We have a new committee for the academic year 2018-19, with some experienced members and plenty of new ones, here are the people hoping to make this year the best yet for CUSWPC!

President: Chantelle Doran

Medic at St John’s, plays women’s water polo since and full of great new ideas!

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Secretary: Jess Payne

Studies Phys Natsci at Magdalene, swims 200m IM, 100m fly and freestyle.

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Harold Beale club/ Sponsorship officer: Seren-Jones Reddy

Bio Natsci at Churchill, plays women’s water polo.

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IT Officer: Mario Cekic

PhD in computer science at Clare Hall, plays men’s water polo.

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Welfare Officer: Kate Read

Engineer at Girton college, plays women’s water polo.

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Publicity secretaries:

Yung Lo

HSPS at Peterhouse, plays women’s water polo.

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Siân Stockton

PhD in Pharmacology at Darwin, plays women’s water polo.

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Tadpoles president and alumni relations officer: Dan Toy

Chemical Engineering at Gonville and Caius, swims backstroke.

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Men’s swimming captain: Henry Choong

Maths at St John’s, swims 100m and 200m freestyle and backstroke.

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Women’s swimming captain: Georgia Crawford

HSPS at Newnham, does the 100m freestyle.

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Swimming secretaries:

Charlotte Rowlands

Medicine at Gonville and Caius, swims 100m breaststroke.

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Alex Lezard

Engineering at Clare, swims 200m IM.

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Marlins Captains:

Karl Romain

Studies medicine at Girton, swims 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.

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Phillippa Chambers

Land economy at Newnham, swims 100m and 200m freestyle.

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Open water swimming captain: Matthew Chadwick

Earth sciences by the British Antartic Survey at Sidney Sussex, plays men’s water polo, as well as swimming open water.

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Men’s Water Polo Captain and Club Vice-President:

Ben Tinkler-Davies

Studies engineering at Clare.

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Men’s Water Polo Secretary: Alex Norcliffe

Studies Phys Natsci at Sidney Sussex.

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Women’s water polo captain: Lara Tritton

Studies Phys Natsci at Jesus.

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Women’s water polo secretary: Beki Mills

Studies Phys Natsci at Newham.

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Water polo college League officer: Henry Stuart-Turner

Studies Medicine at Emmanuel.

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Looking forward to the new upcoming season as the start of the academic term is fast approaching…

Celebrating the Past

Recently, a member of our CUSWPC alumni, Barry James, highlighted an important point: hard-fought victories in the past over our opposition are not displayed as a matter of public record on our website!

Our club has certainly had a rich and successful history, from our fondly remembered Varsity victories in matches against our main rival Oxford, to how we have established a tight community of alumni as part of the Harold Beale club, to our Tadpoles Club social events. It would definitely be a shame to not commemorate the hard work our predecessors have inputted in their respective teams, and to celebrate their improvements, sporting experiences, successes in meets and matches.

The Cambridge University Swim Team of 1989
The Cambridge University Swim Team of 1989

Therefore, we are in the process of organising and uploading some old Varsity programmes (courtesy of Barry James- thank you for digging through and finding these!) to display a public record of past teams and scores. If other alumni members possess any other records from other years, feel free to share them with our publicity officers or Harold Beale Club officer, so we can show them on here.

The Cambridge University Swim Team of 1991-1992
The Cambridge University Swim Team of 1991-1992
The Cambridge University Men's Water Polo Team 1991-1992
The Cambridge University Men’s Water Polo Team 1991-1992
The Cambridge University Swim Team of 1993-1994
The Cambridge University Swim Team of 1993-1994
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Cuppers 2018- Queerwin Victory

Beki (College League Officer):

The first two weekends of Easter Term saw 6 teams consisting of 15 different colleges descend on the Leys Pool for the annual College Water Polo CUPPERS 2018! Every team was keen to beat Queerwin to end their winning streak, and despite some amazing playing unfortunately no one was successful.

Cuppers this year took the form of a round robin tournament, where the 4 highest scoring teams progressed through to semis, then the winners to played off in a 30 minute match in the final! There were a few new rules introduced to even the playing field, and to stop Queerwin’s annoying habit of bringing 30 rower lads to play every match and sub in new people every 30 seconds. These consisted of a max of 15 players per team, consisting of at least 3 girls, and a minimum of one non-university player and one girl in the water at a time.

After some close matches in the round robin, the four teams progressing to the semis were, in point order, Queerwin, Newnemmahouse, Sidney/Jesus/Catz and JChill. Robinson/Girton/Fitz gained no points after conceding all their matches, and Clare/Homerton opted out of the semis as it fell on the legendary C-Sunday, and the captains fancied day drinking a bit more than the suffocating, chlorinated atmosphere of the Leys (and fair enough really). The first semi final was Newnemmahouse vs Sidney/Jesus/Catz, which turned out to be an extremely tense match with a goal difference never greater than 1. The final score was 5-4 to Sidney/Jesus/Catz, unfortunately leaving the Newnemmahouse captain, Henry Stuart-Turner, without the opportunity of wearing a women’s water polo costume (a modern day corset for those that don’t know) in the final, as per a bet made with the Jesus captain. A devastating loss for us all. The next semi final was Queerwin vs JChill, which can only be described as a landslide victory for Queerwin with a score of 9-1. What happened JChill?! This left Queerwin vs Sidney/Jesus/Catz for a nail biting final, which I will leave to be described by Queerwin captain, Noah Milton…….

Noah (Queerwin Captain):

After wiping out the opposition, Sidney/Jesus/Catz proved themselves to Queerwin in a competitive cuppers final. Queerwin took the lead, but Sidney/Jesus/Catz fought hard for the title. A change to a more defensive strategy kept their goals to a minimum, while enabling us to squeeze in the odd goal here and there. The overall result, 6-3 to Queerwin was a (somewhat expected) delight, marking the third consecutive cuppers win for Queerwin.

Over the year, the Queerwin squad has grown massively. Quick-to-learn freshers improved their skills through the the weekly training sessions with the Leys (though the captain’s attendance may have been rare), building upon the already-strong base of university firsts and seconds players . Of course, being joined by an ex-blues player and resident legend, Toberg, always helps. The Michaelmas and Lent tournaments gave the newbies a taste of victory, so that when it was time for Cuppers, the squad had grown to 25 members, including 5 girls, all desperate to play. A victory in itself, but we had our sights on shinier glory. The team’s great teamwork led to some excellent games and victories, when every player was significant and the more experienced players didn’t dominate play.

Perhaps a more hidden side of Queerwin water polo this year have been the cherished socials. The social secretary and captain have been very keen on team bonding through swaps, socials, and their own invention ‘Beerpolo’. We hope to continue these newly established traditions into the years to come.

The triumphant weekend ended a brilliant year for Queerwin, with a promising future as many new players are looking towards joining the university teams come Michaelmas. So who knows, maybe this time next year we’ll be celebrating our fourth year of victory…

Water Polo Cuppers: Last year’s victors on the tournament so far

By Dan Lafferty

After a year of training, cuppers has finally arrived. Every player from Queens’ and Darwin has waited the entire year for this opportunity. Expectations are high after our win last year and no one has any intention of letting our trophy slip form our fingers.

The first weekend did not disappoint as Queerwin breezed through every match leaving the opposition scared, scarred and questioning how one side can be so dominant?

Stash – it’s entirely due to our bomb ass stash. C’mon even the uni water polo teams don’t have robes.

We have a few other advantages too: Queerwin is blessed with many strong uni players but the backbone of the team is a large, committed squad which trains twice a week. Whilst most cuppers teams consist of a couple of strong players and a triathlete with a free weekend, every Queerwin player can be relied upon.

Our games are not epic spectacles so much as a ruthlessly clinical operation. Strong opposition players are neutralised, few attacks make it anywhere near our goal, and every mistake by the other side is exploited – a steal, a pass, a goal. The scores, 6-1, 7-1, 6-2, speak for themselves.

With nothing but desolation left on our side of the competition, we look forward to the prospect of fresh meat this weekend. The weak should fear the strong.