The Edinburgh University Archery Club took part in the BUCS Indoors National Final in Bristol. All Senior Archers seeded in the top 32, which meant they all qualified for the head-to-heads (‘H2H’s).
During the qualifying rounds, compound Sarah Prieels and Hope Greenwood, barebow Jessica Nilsson, and longbow Jessica Nirkko all set BUCS records in their respective categories. Sarah Prieels and Hope Greenwood dominated their category, seeding first and second respectively, whilst also winning gold for the mixed compound team.
The recurve gents team also achieved a well deserved team bronze. Sarah Prieels and Hope Greenwood faced each other in the final, with Sarah Prieels eventually taking the gold. Barebow Jessica Nilsson and longbow Jessica Nirkko both seeded first and won gold in their categories, with longbow Ed Pike gaining a bronze.
The Edinburgh University Orienteering Club managed to beat the University of Sheffield to retain the BUCS Orienteering Championship title for another year. The club participated in races over two days. Saturday featured a long race in Wharncliffe where EUOC finished with some strong results. In the men’s A category, Alexander Cheplin placed fourth, whilst in the men’s B, Michael Stanwix placed fifth.
In the women’s A category, Tessa Strain placed first and Zoe Harding placed third. In the women’s B, Laura Hendrie achieved first place. As well as this, on the Sunday, EUOC dominated throughout with the first men’s and women’s team winning their categories. This led to EUOC winning the overall BUCS competition and retaining the title for another year.
Edinburgh University Sailing club hosted the Scottish Student Sport Yachting Championships. On the first day, Edinburgh did well in the qualifiers to place them top of gold fleet. It was a close few races on the second day, which, in the end, led to Edinburgh finishing in first place. The club also sent a Dinghy team of six over to Galway in Ireland for the Irish University Sailing Association Intervarsities. The team did not quite make the final; however they showcased some impressive sailing during the competition.
Edinburgh University Swimming and Water Polo Club Performance swimmers travelled to Sheffield to compete in both the Shield and Championship divisions of BUCS. The swimmers smashed the Shield races, winning all but two and ending up with a dominating gold medal. The Championship team narrowly missed out on silver, and ended with a bronze medal.
As well as this, after flying through the semi-finals, the women’s Water Polo 1s were down in Bath for the BUCS finals. They breezed through the first round against the University of St Andrews 1s, putting them in the final against Durham University. The final game was very strong, ending 11-15 to Durham, which placed the team in an impressive second place.
In addition, members from EUSWPC were away in Belfast representing Scotland in the annual Celtics Championships. The competition ended with a clean sweep for Scotland across the Mens’ and Womens’ Swimming and Water Polo.
Image courtesy of Edinburgh University Archery Club