The weekend of the 6th and 7th December saw Tigersharks host their annual Christmas meet once again. This provides swimmers with the opportunity to get much needed county times and early shot at qualifying for the all important regional championships that take place in May and June each year.
Given the time of the year the swimmers are in heavy training so personal best performance are always at a premium but the Tigersharks swimmers smashed their way to record 35 regional times, 30 regional consideration times and more than 100 county times over the course of the weekend.
Newly crowned Girls team captain Becky Cook lead the way with a majestic performance in the 200m Breaststroke in the opening session. Breaststroke is the most technical stroke in swimming and when done right, its looks effortless as the legs and arms work in unison to propel the swimmer forward. Becky put on fantastic display as she carved her way through the water in a time of 2:41, well inside the old National qualifying time.
A great swim like this set the tone for the meet as swimmer after swimmer piled on the PB’s. In the girls 11 years age group Sophie Walker and Poppy Turner both recorded their first regional qualifying times in the 100m BR and Fly respectively.
Dina Nejkic, Gabriella Doughty and Andrew Smith achieved a hatful of regional qualifying times as each one of them continues to go from strength to strength. Sam Dubarry, Ben Walker, Laura Edwards and Marshall Fitchett joined them in qualifying for next years championships.
Swimmer after swimmer came out of the water with a seasons best, personal best, county time or regional time. When the squad performs as well as this, it’s a huge boost for the coaching team who were thrilled with level of performance and commitment from everyone over the weekend.
The competitions for Tigersharks are now over the for the year and we will turn our attention to 2015 and the next of our open meets in January where we hope turn many of those consideration times into actual regional times.