Bret claims university silver

PUBLISHED: 16:19 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

Bret Ferguson

Bret Ferguson

HATFIELD Swimming club member Bret Ferguson won silver in the 800m freestyle at the British Universities Long Course Championships. Ferguson was one of 10 Hatfield club swimmers representing the University of Hertfordshire team that came fifth in the men

John Sargent

HATFIELD Swimming club member Bret Ferguson won silver in the 800m freestyle at the British Universities Long Course Championships.

Ferguson was one of 10 Hatfield club swimmers representing the University of Hertfordshire team that came fifth in the men's competition and ninth overall at the Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield.

The UoH squad, which was one of the smallest at the BUSA meet, collected just the one medal but reached 11 finals.

Nicci Richards recorded the top female swim for the team in the 200m breaststroke.

She claimed fourth spot in a time of 2 minutes 44.9 seconds.

That took five seconds off her personal best and was just 0.1 second off the senior Herts county record.

Team captain John Sargent finished fourth in the 200m backstroke, fifth in the 50m backstroke and seventh in the 100m back.

In addition to his silver medal, Ferguson came seventh in the 200m freestyle and ninth in the 400m.

Paul Smith was also placed seventh in the 1,500m freestyle.

Both men's teams made their finals in the relays.

The medley foursome of John Sargent, Ewan Cameron, John Pook and Ferguson finished in sixth place, while the same four competed in the freestyle relay and were placed eighth.

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