The BUCS Gatorade Nationals in Sheffield featured Loughborough University athletes across a range of different sports with fencing, trampoline and judo all on display.
In judo, Loughborough picked up three medals courtesy of Alexander Shepard, Leo Jofe and James Holmes in their individual competitions on Saturday.
Shepard won gold in the men’s (2 Kyu & Below) under 90kg competition defeating London South Bank’s Dominique Bedoya in the final courtesy of a match-winning ippon.
Jofe earned the silver medal in the men’s (1 Kyu & Above) under 81kg competition, losing by a single waza-ari throw against Oxford’s Benjamin Skretting in the final, while Holmes earned the bronze medal in the Men (1 Kyu & Above) Under 100kg competition.
Shepard, Jofe and Holmes then joined up with Loughborough compatriots Stuart McErlain-Naylor and Pete Nash in the team competition on Sunday where they agonisingly lost out to Bath in the bronze medal match.
Reflecting on the weekend, Judo club chair Jofe, told The Epinal:
“I’m very pleased about the performance of the team, given the short preparation period we had and lack of a well diversified sparring partner base. The guys have put in a great effort and showed strong character. BUCS Judo is becoming better with each year with many international and national squad fighters competing, and we’ll have to push even harder to compete on such a level and bring back more medals.”
In the fencing hall, Alex Monyard was Loughborough’s highest placed fencer, finishing 26th out of 138 participants in the men’s epee, while Matt Eplett finished 68th in the same competition. In the women’s equivalent Sophie Townsend placed 30th out of 100 fencers. In the men’s sabre, Richard Hutchinson (46) and Eliot Winter (103) competing fenced for Loughborough, meanwhile Ayesha Lumsden finished 60th in the women’s event.
In the trampoline competition, Loughborough had four athletes competing. Anthony Smith, competing in the men’s BUCS 1s competition finished sixth scoring 85.00 points, a mere 5.2 points off a medal, while in the men’s BUCS 2s competition, Jordan Rush finished seventh with 48.80 points, only 1.1 points short of bronze.