Lifesavers Dominate BULSCA Speeds

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Loughborough Students Lifesaving Club (LSLC) won the Speeds Competition and finished third overall in the British Universities Life-Saving Clubs' Association (BULSCA) Championships 2012 over the Easter break.

The middle of March saw both the penultimate and the most anticipated University Life Saving competition of the year. 2012’s BULSCA Championship weekend saw 12 Universities compete at Bath’s 50m pool. An intense two days was in store for the teams waiting for a chance at getting their hands on the title.

Saturday saw a sensational performance by the Loughborough team as they dominated the speeds scene. Loughborough became Speeds Champions once again and took an early lead for the Championship.

Great efforts from the girls came in the form of two podium finishes each, from Louise Simmons and Emma Seddon. Alex Mason also came home with silverware, with two second place finishes. Loughborough continued to show their strength in the relays, with wins in five out of eight events.

Sunday was a challenging day as over thirty teams attempted to show off their rescue and first aid skills. A car had ploughed into innocent bystanders during a riot, causing a bloody scene in the dry Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC).

In the wet SERC, teams were greeted by a panicked sailor, as they were rushed off a sinking yacht towards a life raft, only to find their fellow sailors required recuing.

A relatively new and inexperience Loughborough competed against many veteran teams to achieve a very respectable sixth overall finish for the second day.

Results from both days were combined giving Loughborough a well earned third place for the weekend.

LSLC’s Chair, Nicola Keenan summed up the performance by saying: “I couldn't be prouder of the effort that everyone made, good end to a long yet rewarding term.”

LSLC now have their focuses on the final competition of the year, as the last event in the BULSCA calendar comes to Loughborough, on May 12. 

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