June saw Tigersharks host their club championships over a number of weekends. The new position for this competition in the calendar has been dictated by the changes to the British swimming competition structure and the way that shifts county qualifying period and championships.
The club champs is often the first step into competition for many swimmers as they seek to gain valuable racing experience in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Tigersharks have always had a good crop of young swimmers and this year was no exception.
Our 7 year old swimmers were out to make a splash and try events for the first time. There were some excellent swims throughout the whole weekend from Jayden Adams, Ryan Sheahan, Neve Porton and Freya Preston as they challenged themselves across an array of events.
Our 8 years were also in fine form with some looking for medals in the 9 years and under category. Charlie Griffiths continues to impress with a great 200m BR amongst other swims. George Reindl, Freddie Logan, Isabella Thomson, Rebekkah Mawer and Megan Penny all made great improvements over the course of the competition across a huge spectrum of events.
By the time the swimmers reach 9 years they can start to participate in a few more competitions so for many of them the club champs gives them their first chance to qualify for the county championships next year. Ethan Nicolaas, Lavinia Morsani Jones and Amelia Pirt were putting themselves in a great position to make the counties next year. Also getting amongst the medals with some great swims were Owen Jackson, Niamh Preston and Harriet Hillman.
It’s really encouraging for the club to see so many young swimmers make such positive first steps in their competitive career. Their development is key to the future success of the club but they have made a great start.
The club champs also provides the older swimmers another go short course swimming after the regionals which are held in the longer 50m pool. There were a huge number of PB’s across a range of events.
A couple of the highlights were Andrew Smith’s 200m Fly where he dominated the filed in a fantastic time that takes him to the top of the UK rankings. His 100m Fly was another very strong performance as he broke 70 seconds for the first time and now sits at number 2 in the UK rankings on this event. Gabriella Doughty also broke 70 seconds for the first time, but in her case it was in the 100m Backstroke and her performance sits at number 5 on the UK rankings this year and number 1 in the South West.
Overall it was another very successful champs, with some great swimming all round, providing further evidence that the club continue to go from strength to strength.