On Saturday 30th November 2019, Queen Mary Barts London (QMBL) Swimming Team took on our second competition of the season, this being the London League Gala at Imperial College London. It is a friendly competition which takes place over three events during the academic year. QMBL Swim challenge several other teams from across London including, University College London, Kings College London, Imperial, Brunel, Royal Holloway, London School of Economics and London Universities Swimming Team. With a total of eight teams with highly talented swimmers there was no way that we were going down without a fight! We competed in a range of events including 25-, 50- and 100-meter races and relays. Although, only 10 of us competed, we did incredibly well. A huge shoutout must go to the Freshers who came along to support and compete, and another must go to our Study Abroad Students. Both have settled amazingly into our team, and they already feel a part of our family. They have truly made a ‘splash’! We all ended up swimming more events than we had originally planned to do. Yet, we pulled together and did the team proud.
After a successful gala, we ventured to Spoons for a celebratory meal and drink. When the times and scores were calculated the next day, we found out that we were in 5th place, with only 3 points between us and 4th place! Exactly the same as we were in the first London League, and we had about half the number of swimmers. This puts us in a great position for the final London League of the year.
Overall, it was a fabulous evening, and thoroughly enjoyable for everyone that attended. We can’t wait for the next one! We would love for more people to come along and support us at our events. If you would like to find out when our next event is and/or join the swim team please follow our Insta page @qmblswim, we are happy to answer any questions you may have!
To find out more information about swimming please go to www.qmsu.org/groups/swimming/ where you will also find contact details for our Club President if you have anymore questions.
Joshua Lowes and Molly McKenna are QMBL Swim Social Secretaries