Golden Weekend at BUCS Nationals

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Edinburgh University dominated the Scottish field at the BUCS National Championships earning over 38 medals in total, including 18 in the Swimming Pool.


It was a perfect evening for Ajda Remskar who topped the podium in Women’s Climbing with a clear fifty point lead. Remskar’s win was particularly sweet as she had finished third and second in her previous two BUCS Nationals, before finally claiming Gold with a flawless run – The Women’s team achieved Team Gold with all 5 in the top 20 and 3 in the top 10 out of a field of 170 overall.


In the women’s foil, Chloe Dickson swept aside Durham University’s Desree Ortega-Furgeson 15-5 to complete a fine afternoon in Sheffield. The University of Edinburgh student beat the highest ranked player Heulwen Hill in the semi-final before ousting the Ortega-Furgeson, who was ranked third.


Maria Shepherd, Sarah Hill took Silver in Womens individuals – 70kg and Nur Naja secured Bronze on the -57kg helping secure Team Silver.


Two golds, two silvers, and four bronzes followed in the Karate Championships – with Sze Ying crowned champion in Women’s Novice and Denny Gombalova securing gold in the Kata Women’s Senior. Silver also for Cameron Duff in -84 Senior, Lina Rietuma in +63 Women’s Novice Kumite. Individual Bronze for Lina Rietuma again, in Kata Women’s Novice and Hiro Onishi in -70kg Novice Kumite. These results helping secure Bronze Team medals for both men’s and women’s teams.


Edinburgh University Swimming dominated the pool, bringing home an outstanding 18 medals, with tough competition from Loughborough and Stirling in particular, the challenge for the swimmers was stiff. But nobody could stop Kathryn Greenslade taking joint honours, standing atop the podium in both the 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle, stopping the clock in under two minutes in the latter. Scotland, and Edinburgh, were to dominate the much sought-after relays however, as Edinburgh defended their women’s title while the men took the Bronze in both freestyle and medley.


With a secured team silver medal, the individual events were just as successful for Edinburgh University Rifle Club. In the Men's Individual, Tom Diggle took 2nd place and in the Novice event, Ritwik Sarkar took home Edinburgh's first ever BUCS Novice medal with an excellent 1st place.


Declan Gall ran a fantastic 400m to secure the Silver Medal in a fantastic 48.48 seconds. Joined on the athletics podium by Long Jumper Che Richards who brought home Bronze for Edinburgh despite injury.


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