As the competitive element of the LUSWP swimming programme, our Swimming Performance Squad offers a variety of opportunities for swimmers who have competed with their home clubs from county level right up to and including national level. The Performance Squad train every day of the week, across 10.5 hours of pool time and an extended strength & conditioning programme including weight-based sessions and a weekly circuit training session.
Each year the Performance Squad compete at the three core University meets: the BUCS Short Course Championships, the BUCS Long Course Championships and the BUCS Team Championships (Championship Division). All BUCS competitions involve a weekend visit to the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. It is an immense experience to swim at a high-level competition, testing yourself against the nation’s best student swimmers, whilst providing a great opportunity to bond with your teammates and develop friendships in a sporting environment. The BUCS meets are raced alongside the Lancashire County Championships, the North West Swimming Championships, Swim England National Winter/Summer Championships and the British Summer Championships. Performance Squad swimmers also have the opportunity to swim in the annual Manchester International Meet, local open meets and University lead charity galas. Finally there is the Roses Varsity meet against the University of York, one of the most exciting competitions of the year. We have had many recent successes in all of these events, breaking numerous club records and enjoying our own swimmers competing against Olympians in the BUCS finals.
The Performance Squad operates in partnership with Preston Swimming Club. This allows our swimmers the opportunity to compete externally outside of university competitions, keeping them competing more frequently and all year round.
Performance Squad Training Hours: Monday: 19:15 - 21:15pm Tuesday: 18:00 - 20:00pm Wednesday: 07:00 - 09:00am Thursday: 19:15 - 21:15pm Friday: 19:00-21:00pm Saturday (Strength & Conditioning): 15:00 - 16:00pm Sunday: 20:30 - 22:00pm N.B. Training hours do not include the gym and additional strength and conditioning programme