The University of Southampton Swimming Club (SUSC) is a multidimensional club, with it's competitive and social aspects shining through. These aspects of the club provide us with the main reasons for our continued success year on year, both within the university and in terms of the U.K. As of last year, we had just over a 100 members and this year our aim is to increase this number to close to 150 members. In the last couple of years, we have worked really hard and achieved a high standard when competing, achieving 7th place in the UK at the BUCs Team Championships finals for the last two years running, competing against future and current Olympians.
This year, as a team, we have really tried to push on with our team and individual progression. We have hired two new coaches, one of which was an understudy to Mitch Falvey (James Magnussen's coach!!!). These changes have really helped us to expand our competitive and recreational squads to almost full capacity during training sessions. This year has also seen the introduction of a squad wide structured Strength and Conditioning plan, which all members were able to follow and attend each week. These changes have really allowed all of our swimmers to achieve their full potential this year, with 16 club records being broken at BUCs events, and several others being smashed at other events.
Our swimmers come from a wide variety of swimming backgrounds and they all come to the club with different personal aims. Most of our swimmers come to the club looking to gain new personal bests and further themselves, whereas others come for the laid back attitude we have, which enables them to socialise in an exciting manner. This year we have been extremely lucky with the standard of swimmers that we have been able to attract. Our top swimmers include:
- Leon Berchie-This year, Leon has made the finals at both the Winter and Summer National Championships, continuing on from his success last year of making the 50 m freestyle final at the World Championships trials.
- Cristian Rotundu-Cristian became the National Senior Romanian Champion in the 100 freestyle last year and has continued his success this year making finals at the British Winter Swimming Championships.
- Mateo Maciuniak-Mateo is currently the quickest swimmer at the club in the 50 and 100 m freestyle, swimming 22.88 and 50.59 respectively. This year he qualified for Spanish Nationals and has been a key member of our team throughout this year.
- Courtney Rowan- Managed to qualify for the South East Regional Championships and has swum at this level for several years before.
- Alan Luckhurst- This year he qualified for the Winter Swimming World Championships, achieving 10th place in the 100 m freestyle. He competes at high level in Open Water as well, coming 20th in the Dart 10K Elite race in 2015.