Get your team together for the Swimming Team Champs 2023!

**UPDATE: This event is now a one-day event taking place on Saturday 20th May only**

Entry Dates & Costs


20 - 21 May 2023 


Ponds Forge  

Sheaf Street 


S1 2BP 


Sat Qualification - TBC Based on Entries
Sun Finals - 11am Start



13th April 2023


Tuesday 9th May 2023 at 23:59 – Team Entry Deadline (Institution Administrator Deadline to submit a team on BUCS Play)

Thursday 11th May 2023 at 23:59 – Institution Administrator Deadline Team Join Deadline (Student Deadline to enter a team and be approved by a team captain/institution administrator)


£158 per team

Events & Restrictions

Institutions can enter as many teams as they wish. The first team should always be the strongest team available to represent that institution. The programme for each competition shall consist of the following events for men and women, with each competitor restricted to a maximum of three individual events per gala:

4 x 50m Medley Relay
4 x 1 Length Individual Medley
100m Freestyle
100m Butterfly
100m Backstroke
100m Breaststroke
200m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
50m Backstroke
50m Breaststroke
50m Freestyle
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay   

Entry Process

Institution Administrators are responsible for entering a team into team events. Only once the Institution Administrator has entered a team, students should apply for the correct team on BUCS Play. The Institution Administrator must then select competitors to form the ‘Squad’. A student is not able to join a team until their Institution Administrator has entered a team.

Students must be listed in the squad to compete in the team events.

To learn how to enter a team, click here

Any data will be handled in accordance with BUCS Privacy Policy.

By participating in this event you agree to adhere to BUCS General Event Disclaimer.

To check whether you are eligible to compete in BUCS competitions, please see REG 4 of the BUCS General Regulations.

Squad Declarations

Student’s must apply to the correct team for their institution by Thursday 11th May 2023 at 23:59.

Any swimmers not applied for the team by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in the BUCS Swimming Team Championships 2023. No late additions or substitutions will be allowed. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you submit a maximum number of swimmers, including reserves, to allow for injuries etc.

Teams will declare which members of their team are competing in each event on the day using team sheet. A team sheet must be submitted for the qualifying heats and for finals for those who qualify.


If an institution needs to withdraw any teams originally entered, you must notify BUCS ASAP and by Friday 12 May 2023 at the latest.

SWI 10.1 Teams withdrawing two weeks or less before the Championships will be fined £300

SWI 10.2 Any team who does not attend the Championships without prior notice will be fined £500

SWI 10.3 No-shows or unauthorised withdrawals for the Finals event on day two, will be fined £750


The Swimming Team Championships will be a two-day event however day one will be qualification heats and day two will be finals.

Upon joining a team, students will be asked to submit their team freestyle relay time which will be used to allocate each team to a designated lane for all qualifying heats.


The fastest 10 first teams from qualification heats, based on points and positions, will qualify for the Championship. Therefore, should an institution have multiple teams within the fastest 10 positions after the qualifying heats, their first team will be allocated to the Championship and remaining teams to the Trophy & Shield. For clarification on how points will be awarded, please refer to the rules & regulations.

The Trophy and Shield finals on Sunday will consist of 10 teams each based on the team qualifying positions from Saturday. Teams finishing outside of the overall top 30 fastest times after qualification will not advance in the competition.


Results for finals will also be calculated using the points and positions.


All participating teams MUST provide a timekeeper equipped with a stopwatch for BOTH their Qualifying Round and Finals (if they have qualified). Points may be deducted from any teams failing to comply.

Timekeepers should then be declared on the team sheet at the event and must attend the timekeepers briefing. Timekeepers cannot compete as part of the team.

Specific Requirements

If you have any para-swimmers participating in your team who require specific requirements for competing, e.g. Strobe lights, use of ‘tappers’ etc. please advise the event lead of this in advance of the event. Any para-swimmers requiring the use of tapping devices, blackened goggles or starting devices MUST have these signed off by the head official before competition commences.

Rules & Regulations

Please see the rules & regulations for this event here.

BUCS Points

Please see Appendix 1 for the BUCS Points available at this event.


If you are having any problems with the BUCS Play app please contact BUCS app support prior to the entry closing date.