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Record-breakers and knockout winners: Stirling athletes continue fine form

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From national swimming success to international tennis victories, Stirling athletes continue their fine form at competitions across the world.

Here are the latest sporting headlines.

Curling

MSc Performance Coaching student, Kyle Waddell, was part of a brave effort from the Team GB men’s curling team as they lost out to Switzerland in the tie-breaker match to reach the semi-finals at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Football

The women’s 1st XI secured a place in the quarter finals of the SWPL Cup after beating Central Girls 3-2 in a tightly contested derby. A hat-trick from Rebecca Galbraith and a series of crucial saves from goalkeeper Chloe Logan were enough to see Stirling progress to the next round where they will face Forfar Farmington on Sunday 25 March. It is the second cup success in a week for the team having reached the BUCS Championship quarter-finals for the first time after beating St Mary’s University on penalties.

Chloe Logan

Chloe Logan made some crucial saves for the women's football team.

Elsewhere, the men’s U20 squad enjoyed a convincing win over their Spartans counterparts, defeating the Edinburgh side 3-1.

Swimming

A strong Stirling squad returned from the BUCS Long Course Championships, at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, with thirteen medals in total including BUCS record-breaking performances from Kathleen Dawson in the 50m and 100m backstroke events and Duncan Scott in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

The team now head to the Royal Commonwealth Pool this weekend to compete in the prestigious Edinburgh International Swim Meet which is also incorporating this year’s British Swimming Championships.

Tennis

First-year scholar Jonny O’Mara’s reputation within the doubles game continued its ascent as he and partner, Scott Clayton, won their first ATP Challenger event of the year in Bergamo, Italy, after saving two match points before O’Mara sealed the win with a stunning return and drop-shot combination.

Jonny O Mara and Scott Clayton

Jonny O'Mara (right) won his first ATP Challenger doubles title of the year in Bergamo with Scott Clayton.

Meanwhile, O’Mara’s teammate Scott Duncan, and partner Jonathan Binding, defeated the top seeds en route to the final of the men’s doubles event at the $15K ITF Futures Event in Tunisia where they lost out to French pair Sebastien Boltz and Matteo Martineau.

O’Mara and Duncan’s personal successes were then followed by team victories as both the men’s and women’s squads made it through to the BUCS Championship semi-finals after respective victories over Nottingham and East London.

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