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Paralympic medallist Andrew Mullen was in great form at the British University Swimming Championships (BUCS Short Course) in Sheffield from 8-10 November.

Mullen, racing for Glasgow Caledonian University, set personal best times in three of his four events, including two new Para S5 European records. The record-breaking and gold medal winning swims came in the 50m backstroke (36.18) and 50m butterfly (37.95) while he later he added top ten finishes in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) biology student Craig McNally was unable to repeat his triple gold medal haul of last year but did claim bronze in the 100m backstroke as well as 5th and 6th place finishes in the finals of the 50m and 200m backstroke. Camilla Hattersley (University of Glasgow) set personal best times when placing 4th in the 100m freestyle (54.90) and 5th in the 200m backstroke (2:11.84). She also teamed up with Rhiannon Gilkes, Kate Storey, Emily Walsh and Emily Clough to help the University of Glasgow 4x50m freestyle and medley relays to impressive 5th place finishes.

Podiatry student Emily Horne (Glasgow Caledonian University) made a strong impression on her BUCS debut reaching finals of the 100m and 200m freestyle as well as the 50m and 100m butterfly events. Robyn Crawford and Gulsum Onal (both UWS) were also debut finalists with Crawford placing 10th the 50m backstroke while Onal was 10th in the 200m backstroke.

The final team points scores showed UWS in 11th overall on 40 points, GCU 12th on 38 points, University of Glasgow 18th with 30 points and University of Strathclyde 44th on 4 points. Individually, the collective Glasgow contingent won three medals and raced in thirteen finals.

Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the results: “The growing strength of university swimming in Glasgow was evident at these championships with no less than 60 city based swimmers taking part from the various institutions. For many it was still preparatory early season racing but I was obviously delighted with Andrew Mullen’s record-breaking swims and the number of finalists we had throughout the meet. We will now look to improve on these results at the Scottish and English winter national championships next month.”