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Varsity 2012: Trent suffer swimming defeat but avoid whitewash

Nottingham Trent’s swimming team took a heavy defeat in the latest Varsity event as they went down 25 races to 3 at the University of Nottingham pool.

UoN went into the showdown as clear favourites hosting the event on home territory.

It was a much improved performance from last year as NTU failed to win a single race. A banner was present from the UoN side reminding the Trent team of the whitewash from the previous year.

The University of Nottingham now lead the Varsity series 2-1 as the attention turns to the American Football game with the NTU Renegades aiming to pull back the deficit.

UoN took the first race convincingly in the Female 100M individual Medley but a great performance from Trent’s Richard Jagger in the male race pulled NTU level. It was a big relief from the visiting side as they averted the previous year’s whitewash with Jagger’s victory.

After defeat in the Woman’s 50M Butterfly NTU pegged back the opposition once more in the male race, as Lewis Mattin superbly came back from four strokes behind to clinch victory in the last 15 metres.

At this point, Notts Uni side were fairly quiet as Trent unexpectedly took the show to UoN at two races each but the UoN females showed real class in the 100M Backstroke as they blew NTU out of the water finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. quite convincingly.

NTU’s early confidence took a battering as UoN stormed into the lead taking the next eight races. The Men’s 100M Freestyle did get the Trent side going again as a winner couldn’t be called from the crowd. A tense wait for the times to go up on the scoreboard followed which resulted in Trent missing out on a victory by two tenths of a second.

An interval break was called by the main judge at the end of the Men’s 4x50M Medley Relay with Nottingham University leading Nottingham Trent 10-2. The overall points tally at the break was 150-98 to the hosts.

The return from the break didn’t start well for the visiting team as UoN placed 1, 2, and 3 in the Woman’s 50M Butterfly. The hosts we’re now cruising at this stage 11-2 up with plenty of races to go.

Trent did make amends in the next race and lifted the visitor’s spirits. Nick Osman showed determination to come back from third place just before the turn to bring home the third and final victory for the Trent Army.

However the hosts took the next eight races to really put the result to bed as the SKINS Event came next.

The loser of each race would be knocked out until a winner was found. Another rule now came into play which meant that the starting judge would not tell the swimmers when to get ready.

After numerous late starts and one or two belly flops from either side, UoN came out on top which left the Trent having no swimmers left in the final few races. Sarcastic shouts of ‘come on Trent’ came from the visiting side as the hosts raced against each other.

The end saw NTU Swimming President Grant Robe accompanied with three of the Trent side tearing down the infamous UoN ‘whitewash’ banner and jumping in the pool with it. Reminding our neighbours that Trent made them work for every race.

It all finished at the University of Nottingham pool UoN 313-182 NTU. Beeston beating Trent by twenty-five races to three.

NTU Swimming President Grant Robe spoke to Platform after the event.

“Nobody’s happy with defeat, but it was always going to be a massive ask as it’s their pool and they train so much more but from the results overall it was a massive improvement from last year with many more second places in lots of the races that went on.

“We also got three wins which we didn’t get last year, and on the whole the performances were much better, plus as a team we improved from last time out.

“The banner was rubbing it in our faces from last year as we didn’t win a single race. We tore it down just to show that were getting better and stronger, and send a message to Nottingham University that we can compete, we can hold our own and our banter is much better than theirs!”

George Torr

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