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.