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Dreams really do come true

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Take a five year old from Swindon and place her in the hands of Tigersharks swimming club, there started the dream of Jazz Carlin to become an Olympian.

A long and sometimes tough 20 years later we watch in wonder as she swims her way to 2 Silver medals in the Rio Olympics.

Take a bow Jazz Carlin, you deserve all the applause you are receiving from all over the country.

Swimming is a tough sport and is only for the hardy who seriously want to take it as far as they can. Jazz has had her battles and disappointments but she has never given up and always pushed on.

She is truly an inspiration to all around her and especially the swimmers in Tigersharks who she visits regularly. We congratulate you, from all of us at Tigersharks, we are so proud to call you one of our own and a member of our club.

National Pride

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Tigersharks Andrew Smith and Gabriella Doughty arrived in Sheffield for the ASA Summer Home Nationals with the hope of swimming well. They did not disappoint themselves or their coach.

Andrew Smith had his work cut out as a 13 year old swimming in a 13/14year age group. Entered into the 100m & 50m Butterfly he had worked hard to nail the basic skills particularly in his starts, turn and finishes. His first swim was 100m Butterfly where he produced a super PB time and finished in a creditable 12th place overall. That swim blew out the cobwebs and got rid of the nerves and the 50m Butterfly saw a much more focused and determined swimmer. The heat swim saw him PB and move into the final as the only 13 year old amongst all 14 year old swimmers. In the final Andrew produced another PB and outstanding swim time of 28.11 finishing in 7th place overall and placing himself 2nd in the British rankings for 13 year olds. A great experience and result.

Gaby Doughty is a sprint specialist and works hard to achieve her goals. Swimming in the 50m and 100m Backstroke she was delighted to be competing at her first National competition. In the 50m Backstroke Gaby started very well producing a PB and moving into the final in 4th place. She stepped it up again in the final to lower her PB again to 31.89 and maintain her 4th place finish over all.

Unfortunately the second day saw Gaby feeling unwell which had an adverse effect on her 100m swim. However she was delighted with her swimming over the two days and particularly the outstanding 50m swim.

Tigersharks outstanding at National Age Group Open Water

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Two of three Open Water National qualifiers travelled to Rother Park last weekend to take part in their first National competition. Unfortunately Leia Griffiths had other plans in Florida….. but James Andrew and Ryan Lawrence took to the lake like ducks to water.

Both boys had swum very well at the Regional event to qualify for the National competition but no one envisaged how well both boys would perform at their fist National event.

With 32 swimmers competing in the 12 year Boys age group the boys goal was to swim fast, enjoy the competition…. And not come last!

The boys did a superb job swimming to James, 16th place in a time of 22.13 and Ryan 23rd place in a time of 22.45. These are the highest places out of so many swimmers Tigersharks have every achieved in Open Water, a superb achievement.

Congratulations from everyone at Tigersharks

Tigersharks hit top form at the South West Regionals

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Tigersharks took a team of swimmers to South West Regional championships at Bristol and Millfield over the weekends of 14/15 and 21/22 May where they raced the other top swimmers from 6 counties that make up the South West region.

Competition at this event is fierce and success is highly valued but the team were confident that they could deliver their best performances and grab some final places.

Gold medals at these champs are rare but James Andrew was first to take top honours in the boys 1500m Freestyle with a fine swim as he battled it out with Plymouth Leander’s David O’Loughlin. James was always in front but just couldn’t quite break the Leander swimmer and get away; the two boys kept pushing each other and James, who always looked in control, was able to put in new PB that won him the gold medal. James couldn’t rest there as he was involved in the final of the other boys event that session, the 50m Breaststroke in which he finished 8th as the efforts in the 1500m took their toll. At Millfield he continued his fine form taking bronze in the 400m FC as well as making finals of the 200m FC and the 200m Breaststroke.

Andrew Smith had a relatively light programme in the first weekend as he sought medals and times for National Qualification. Andrew specialises in the Fly and Freestyle events but had tough competition in both events. First up the 100m FC saw a very close race as Andrew was just pipped at the finish but went under the elusive 1 minute barrier long course for the first time. Andrew was then denied in the 100m Fly despite posting another huge PB and his first ever sub 65 second swim on this event. Both of these performances take Andrew into the top 8 in the UK in his age. The second weekend was always going to be a stronger one as Andrew sought to defend many of the title he won last year. A bit of an upset in what was his favoured 200m Fly saw Andrew just outside the medals. However, he learned from that race and in the 200m FC held back a bit to produce a stunning last length where he overhauled his rivals and took the title. Not content with that, 20 minutes later he was back in the water demonstrating how to sprint Fly as he smashed his PB going under 29 seconds for the first time as he took gold.

Gabriella Doughty was also looking to capitalise on some strong early season long course form as she took on her favoured shorter backstroke events. Gaby put in some fantastic performances taking 2 silver medals. On the 50m backstroke she appeared to be ahead but got caught in between 2 strokes at the end and despite finishing well was just touched out. Looking to make amends in the 100m Gaby was again denied having produced another big PB.

Dina Nejkic was rounding into form coming into these championships, despite a lot of time out the water in the Winter, and produced some brave swims on her preferred breaststroke events. Dina’s stroke lends itself to the 200m and she put in a great swim to take the bronze medal in a new PB. Over the 100m event Dina was agonisingly close to repeating this as she was just touched into 4th place by the narrowest of margins. The sprint was always going to be the toughest but again Dina showed her talent with a strong 5th place finish.

Marshall Fitchett swam well over both weekends recording 6 PB’s over both weekends culminating with a great 7th place finish in the 400 IM. Ryan Lawrence just missed out on his first regional final as he was 9th in the 200m backstroke but took great encouragement from his performance as these championships.

Leia Griffiths got her regional campaign off to a strong start with some great swimming in the in the Fc and Breaststroke events taking 5 PB’s in the process. Poppy Turner turned on the after burners in the sprint events and smashed her pre competition best times in both the 50m Fly and Backstroke.

There were also big PB’s from Sophie Walker, Grace Osman, Lauren Curtis, Sam Dubarry, Alex Reeves and Matilda Hart as every swimmer who qualified put in a top performance over the championships.

Overall it was another great effort from the swimmers who gave their all over 2 long weekends. For some, the focus will switch back to the short course event but Andrew and Gaby; they have the summer Nationals to aim for as their swims were among the fastest for their age in the country. Whatever the swimmers are taking on next we wish them well.

Top Notch Swimming in Hengrove

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Over the weekend of 9 & 10 April Tigersharks took a squad of swimmers to the City of Bristol Level 1 Open meet. With qualification open for both the National Championships in August and the Regional Championships in May the ‘older’ members of the squad were looking to put down some good performances as the hone their skills for the long course season whilst the 9 & 10 year olds were trying long course for the first time and trying to win some medals.

Gabriella Doughty rounded up the medal totals with her first sub 70 second clocking in the 100 backstroke as she seeks National qualification for the first time. Her time ranks her 9th in England at the time of this report but more importantly puts her in a great position for National qualification.  Andrew Smith also seeking his National qualification, despite being bottom of the age group, did himself no harm with a superb 100m Fly and just missed out on a medal as he finished 4th.

Charlie Griffiths, in his first long course meet, was the team’s most successful swimmer claiming 6 gold medals in the 9 year old age group in the 200 Back, 50 Br, 50 FC, 200 FC, 200 IM & 200 Br. Team mate Alfie Smithson also added more golds in this age group as he collected the 50 Fly and the 50 back as well as a silver in the 50 Breaststroke. Owen Jackson is developing into a fine young swimmer and showed his turn of speed as he won the 10 years boys 50m backstroke.

Isabella Thomson also had a fine start to her long course career in her favoured breaststroke taking gold in the 200 and 100m as well as a silver medal in the 50m event. Grace Osman likes the tough event and took gold with a strong swim in the 400IM and put in a great performance to take silver in the 200 Fly in the 11 year olds.

Leia Griffiths and James Andrew both showed their versatility as they won medals in the 400m FC events and the 100m Breaststroke; James going on to win more medals the 100m FC, 200m FC and the 50 Br. Lavinia Morsani-jones was also a double medallist with a silver in the 50m Fc and a bronze in the 200 FC.

Ryan Lawrence and Rory Halliday got amongst the medals in the boys 200m Backstroke with a silver for Ryan and bronze for Rory in new personal best times. Ryan also delivered a big PB in his 100m backstroke but just missed out on the medals in 4th.

Perhaps the swim of the meet came from Sam Dubarry as he put in a stunning 100m Breaststroke in a huge PB that gained him his first actual regional qualification time of the campaign.  Sophie Walker also made big improvements on her 200m breaststroke to get her Regional Qualifying time in this event.

There were also PB’s for Becky Cook, Laura Edwards, Matilda Hart, Amy Jackson, Lauren Curtis, Tom Dubarry, Poppy Turner, Alex Reeves, Dina Nejkic & Marshall Fitchett.

Overall it was a very encouraging start to the long course campaign. The team now look forward to Millfield where they will hope to build on their performances ad swim even faster.


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