Tigersharks joined forces with Wroughton and Swindon ASC to host a development meet on Sunday 17 April under the SX3 Swim squad banner. The aim of this open meet is to give the swimmers both old and young an opportunity to improve their competitive skills or take their first steps into competitive swimming in a warm and friendly environment. Taking place over one day the programme consisted of 50m of each stroke plus the 100IM giving the swimmers taste of what to expect if they continue in the sport.
As hoped for, team Tigersharks put on a great performance with multiple best times and medals for the young swimmers. In the 8 year old age group Ryan Sheehan and Jayden Adams dominated the swimming ensuring that one of them picked up the gold medal in every event. Ryan finished with 4 golds and a silver and Jayden 1 gold, 3 silvers and a bronze.
In the girls 8 years age group Rebekkah Mawer swam strongly to record 5 PB’s and take 5 silver medals as she battled it out with Isabella Stenson from Cirencester. In the 9 years girls Tigersharks were in great form with medals in every event with Isabell Thomson leading the way with 4 gold medals. Jessica Smith and Lena Nejkic also won 2 silver medals. Developing talents Maddison Gottfried and Ffion Mathias also caught the coaches’ eyes with their first taste of competitive swimming.
In the 13 year old boys age group Sam Hockin took 4 golds and a silver as his hard work in training continues to pay off.
Overall this was great meet for Tigersharks as the swimmers produced a host of best times and the new comers to the sport really showed off their potential. We look forward to seeing their development over the coming years.
A week later Tigersharks took a small group of swimmers to Millfield School to take part in the Taunton and Millfield super series level 1 long course meet. Events opened up on the Friday with the long distance events and Tigersharks had representation in both the 800m and the 1500m. Lauren Curtis smashed her previous life time best with a great swim to open proceedings with a regional consideration time. Leia Griffiths recorded a long course PB dipping under 11 minutes and getting her regional qualifying time in the process.
In the boys 1500m event Marshall Fitchett put in a strong swim to better his long course best performance and James Andrew was desperately close to breaking 20 minutes as he destroyed his previous best at this event getting his regional qualifying time.
Becky Cook, Dina Nejkic and Gabriella Doughty were at the meet to get rankings places for qualification for the Nationals. Dina was up first in the 100m breast stroke where she equalled her life time best and then went on to set new best times with some strong swims in the 50m and 200m events, sailing under 3 minutes long course for the first time.
Becky Cook boosted her chances of National qualification as she set a season’s best performance in the 200m breaststroke and then recorded her long course best time in the 50m breaststroke with a great display of sprinting.
Gabriella Doughty waited until the final day to compete but stormed her heat to set a new lifetime best of the 50m backstroke and at the time of writing sits at number 10 in the UK rankings for her age group.
The performances over the weekend were very encouraging and the swimmers will now turn their attention to the regional competitions where they will test themselves against the best in West of England. We wish them the best of luck and will let you know how they get on.