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Smith strikes gold at Uni Champs

Scotland’s Lewis Smith won gold in the 200m individual medley in 1:59.07 and silver in both the 400m IM (4:13.11) and the 200m Butterfly (1:58.31) at the British Universities’ Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Ireland’s Clare Dawson, another member of the 22-strong Stilring squad, was also in fine form with gold medals in both the 100m Freestyle (55.10) and 200m Freestyle (1:57.58) events, breaking Loughborough University's Caitlin McClatchey's record in the latter by two-hundredths of a second. 

Dawson also earned a silver medal in the 400m Freestyle (4:13.65), her efforts over the weekend recognised with the best female swimmer award.

Ryan Bennett was another gold medal winner, taking the 200m backstroke (1:56.49) just six minutes after a second-placed swim in the 100m butterfly (52.57).

In a remarkable solo showing, Bennett also picked up silver in the 100m backstroke (52.69) and beat World Champion Liam Tancock in his 50m leg of the men's 200m IM relay.

There were silver medals for the Stirling men's team in both the 200m Freestyle (1:31.16) and 200m IM (1:40.86) relays as well as individual honours for: Jonathan Greig (Silver - 800m Freestyle (7:53.69); Bronze - 400m Freestyle (3:49.51)); Josh Walsh (Silver - 400m Freestyle (3:48.01); Bronze - 200m (1:48.07) and 800m Freestyle (8:04.61)); Jamie Ross (Bronze - 200m Breaststroke (2:16.48)); Douglas Scott (Silver - 100m Breaststroke (1:01.86)).

Stirling Performance Squad Coach Ian Wright said: "It was a great team performance. They don't all train together so it was nice to go away together and see everyone gel. We were targeting finishing second in the men's championship, which we did.”



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