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Club History


The 2007-2008 academic year sees the start of a new era for the University of Manchester Swimming Club, having previously been part of a joint Swimming and Water Polo Club.


Following the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester (VUM) in 2004, the swimming and water polo clubs of the two institutions were merged. Within these three years the club achieved a major step change improving membership, training, social and performance. The club won the Athletic Union's Club of the Year award in 2005, and were nominated again in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 the Coach of the Year (Tim Konowalik) and Team of the Year (Women's Swimming) awards came our way, then in 2007 Michael Rock was awarded Fresher of the Year.


With the opening of the Manchester Aquatics Centre prior to the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, aquatic sports within the university community were given a new boost.


Not a lot is known about this period as there's no one around from this era any more! We'd love to hear from you if you can fill in some details. Training used to take place at the McDougall Centre?, and many years prior to that at the Victoria Baths on Hathersage Road?


Read about Ian McCelland's memories of the club in the early 1960's


Read John Band's memories of the club in the early 1950's.


Taken from The Times, Monday, May 12, 1930; pg. 7; Issue 45510; col C
INTER-UNIVERSITIES' CHAMPIONSHIPS Manchester, with a total of 40 points, won the annual Inter-Universities Swimming Championships at Bristol on Saturday, Liverpool being second with 16 points, and Bristol and Sheffield tieing for third place, each with 12.


Club reformed following World War 1

Before 1908

Club name changed to Manchester University Swimming Club


Formation of Owen's College Swimming Club