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'Captain Cook' leads the Way

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.

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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.

Jazmin Carlin takes Double Gold at the European Championships in Berlin


Jazmin Carlin has had a fair share of highs and lows since she came to the attention of talent spotters as a young teenager back in 2004 and got an invitation to a Smart Track programme still paying dividends to this day. And today was a definitive high for the Commonwealth 800m champion as she followed European glory over 800m here in Berlin just three days before with a 4:03.24 triumph over 400m.

The distance double was delivered with the tactical awareness and closing bite that the 23-year-old had shown in the 800m, Carlin’s last lap of 29.40 one of only two sub-30s in the race.

Coached remotely by Bud McAllister, Carlin went through the 100m marks binding her time and knowing that as 800m champion if the pace was hot, she would prosper: on 59.43 at the 100m mark in third, she reached the half-way mark at 2:01.63. The penultimate lap had Carlin piling on the pressure and inching into the lead, from there, it was all about Carlin’s poise and flow of stroke, an occasional look across the lanes, suggested that she was in control and in no way ready to fall shy of claiming double distance gold.

Carlin said: "To end the season on a gold on a best time is just amazing. It's been a really long year for the team but to come away with this amount of medals, we couldn’t have hoped for any more." She added: "For me personally to come away with two gold medals it is a step in the right direction and a confidence boost for next year and for Rio 2016." Asked about tactics, the double champion said: I don’t have the most speed out of all the girls and so it was about trying to work on my strengths, my back-end but to try and push forward and make a move. It was a really strong field out there – I had Federica, Mireia, & Sharon so to come out on top is just an amazing feeling.”

Tivy and Luke outstanding at ASA National Age Group Open Water competition

Octavia (Tivy) Durrant and Luke Morgan (both 12 years) took on the 1.5K open water National Age Group event on Monday with excellent results.

The water was a warm 20 degrees and the wind just a gentle breeze making the lake more like a mill pond. Perfect conditions for an open water swim.

Both Tivy and Luke swam superbly in what was a battle between 28 swimmers all bashing and knocking each other to get ahead.

Luke finished in 9th place and Tivy in 17th. You cannot set PB’s in Open Water (unless you are swimming the same course) as the course is never the same but both swimmers certainly produced outstanding swims.

Both swimmers are off on a well-earned break now but are looking forward to restarting their season in three weeks.

Congratulations to them on their outstanding achievements this year.

Gold in Glasgow for Tigersharks Jazmin Carlin

Congratulations to Jazz Carlin who powered her way to a Commonwealth Gold medal last night in Glasgow. Never has there been a more deserving swimmer, who overcame and never gave up! Tigersharks are so proud of you.


Team Wales @TeamWales She's only gone and won a GOLD! We'll done @JazzCarlin

Jazz Carlin became the first Welsh woman to win Commonwealth Games gold in the pool in 40 years when she eased to victory in the 800m freestyle.

The 23-year-old Tigersharks & Swansea swimmer beat her Games record, clocking eight minutes 18.11 seconds.


Jazz was overcome with emotion as she realised her dream

What just happened?!.. I can't believe it! Thank you all so much for the support it's been amazing!! Commonwealth Gold

I couldn't hold back those tears! It meant so much and the crowd were amazing!! Back up in the 400m free tomorrow.

Tigersharks Summer Sensations

Tigersharks have had lots to celebrate in the last eight weeks. May saw Tigersharks once again crowned winners of the Doreen Clark Trophy for the most outstanding results in the Wiltshire BagCat Competition

Doreen Clark - Despite being one of the smaller clubs in the county Tigersharks produced the most BagCat finalists of any other club and also came out on top on the medal table and Age Group Best times.


ClubNos1st 15pts2nd 9pts3rs 6ptsAGBT 20ptsTotalPercentage (%)Place
Tigersharks 200 450 306 246 40 1042 521.00 1st
Trowbridge 361 525 396 210 20 1131 313.30 2nd
Swindon Dolphin 481 660 279 138 40 1117 231.20 3rd
Bradford on Avon 375 540 180 138   858 228.80 4th
Salisbiry Stingrays 421 240 207 108 40 595 141.40 5th

Regional Competition - Moving on to the Regional Competitions in May and June once again Tigersharks were in outstanding form making numerous finals and producing medal winners and BagCat finalists. Rebecca Cook (15) shone in the 200m Breaststroke to bring home a Bronze medal in an outstanding final swim. Rebecca Maddocks, OliverHowitt, Conor Keye and Elliot Willoughby all swam very well to make Age Group finals. Dina Nejkic was electric in the 100m & 200m Breaststroke events to take silver in both swims, While Andrew Smith cruised to Silver in the 400m IM and bronze in the 400m FC, he was also awarded an outstanding 2nd place overall in the 11 year old BagCat competition. Marshall Fitchett showed his power in the 400m FC to take the Silver Medal and after finishing 4th in four finals Benjamin Walker was finally rewarded with an overall 5th place in the BagCat Competition. Once again Tigersharks were praised for producing such talent at ASA South West level.

Open Water - Meanwhile in the Wiltshire Open Water Competition Tigersharks were topping the rankings once again. Fast improving, Abigail Cook in her first outing in Open Water swimming smashed the age group and the Junior Age Group to take first place in both and was just pushed into 2nd in the Senior competition. Marshall Fitchett took the 11 year old 750m title very closely followed by Sam Dubarry who cruised to Silver. Nathan Kennet who has made huge strides this year took the 14/U title and came 2nd overall in the Junior Championship. A great run of results for Tigersharks



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