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Tigersharks on top form

Tigersharks form continues 


After the junior team had got the club off to a great start at the Wiltshire county championships, the senior swimmers took their turn at aiming for glory.

Leading the way with 5 golds and silver out of 6 swims was Gabriella Doughty who dominated the backstroke events in the 15 year old girl’s age group taking all 3 titles and added the 50 FC and 100 Fly to her collection. Gabriella also took the junior championship in all the backstroke events as well as the Championship title in the 200 back for a clean sweep of medals.

Tigersharks have strength in depth in the 15 year old girls age group and they displayed this to great effect as Sophie Walker also took the clean sweep in the 100 IM winning the 15 years, junior and Championship titles in this event, despite battling illness throughout the competition, and Emily Preedy took her first county title winning gold in the 200 freestyle. Matilda Hart and Poppy Turner also won medals in this age group as Tigersharks packed the finals.

Grace Osman showed her distance pedigree with a superb swim in the girls 400IM as she fought off all competition to win the 14 years age group and take second in the junior and Championship and Laure Edwards, fighting a knee injury, battled her way to bronze in the 17 years 100IM.

For the boys, James Andrew had a great championships with 4 gold medals in the 14 years age group across a multitude of events. His new personal best in the 400 FC was also good enough to take the junior title. Ryan Lawrence had a battle on his hands in the 14 years backstroke event triumphing in the 100 backstroke as he was edged out in the other distances.

Harvie Greenwood took his first county title in the 16 years 400 FC and Marshall Fitchett made it a 1-2 in this event taking the silver medal. Marshall also went on to win 3 further silver medals in his preferred fly events. Sam Dubarry also got on the podium with some strong backstroke swimming and made some big advances in his other events, most notably his first sub 60 100FC.

Not to be out done, Ed Smith showed he is developing into a fine breaststroker with a silver and 2 bronzes in the 15 year old breaststroke events and silver in the 200 breaststroke junior championship.

After a weekend off Tigersharks were back in action with the reverse long distance events. This gives the boys a shot at the 800m FC and the girls take on the longest event in the pool, the 1500m FC.

The boys got things off to a great star with gold medals in every age group from 12-16 years, Alfie Smithson (12), James Andrew (14), Ed Smith (15) and Marshall Fitchett (16) all winning their age groups. When you add that James also won the junior championship, Harvie Greenwood and Sam Dubarry made it a 1-2-3 for Tigersharks in the 16 year old age group and that Tigersharks took 2,3 and 4 in the Championship, it was a very strong set of results.

The girls continued the winning ways with Isabella Thomson winning the 12 years age group and Emily Preedy winning the 15 years age group and to go one better than the boys they took 4 of the top 6 places in the Championship results.

Overall, Tigersharks have hit the ground running in 2018 with a great Wiltshire Championships and the team will look to build on this throughout 2018. 

Tigersharks bring it home at the Wiltshires


Tigersharks turn it on at the Wiltshire’s

January saw the start of the Wiltshire county championships with the youngest swimmers up first to compete is what is the first step is for many on their road to success. Tigersharks have always done well in the younger age groups and this year was no different with a huge number of personal best times, regional consideration and qualifying times.

For many of our swimmers this was their first experience of county championships and the opportunity to test themselves outside of their own club environment. Ryan Sheehan who still has another year in his age group was on fire throughout the championships winning 6 gold medals including an Age Group Best time in the 100m fly as he dominated the fly and backstroke event. Reuben Buckton got the best of the freestyle events with 2 golds and Freddie Logan joined them with a 400 IM victory. This does not tell the full story, however, with Tigersharks providing 5 out of the 6 finalists in both the 100m FC and the 100m Fly as Connor Sherriffs and James Trevithick joined Ryan, Reuben and Freddie in the finals.

The girls 10 & 11year olds were also in great form. Ffion Mathias taking a clean sweep of the breaststroke events and the 400 FC. Neve Porton, who is still only 10, won 3 golds with a determined display of swimming and Jessica Lawniczak (also 10) made the podium in the breaststroke events.

In the older age groups Jessica Smith and Isabella Thomson dominated the 12 year old age group battling it out for supremacy taking the first and second positions in many events. Isabella ending up with 6 golds and Jessica 2 plus both taking numerous other podium positions. Not to be outdone Alfie Smithson showed his aptitude for the longer events taking gold in the 200m FC, Fly and the 400 IM with Owen Jackson also getting on the podium in a number of events.

Other medallists included Maddison Gottfried, Lavinia Morsani Jones, Connor Sherriffs, James Trevithick and Tom Dubarry but there were also numerous personal bests and strong performances from everyone involved.

Overall it was a very strong start to the year for Tigersharks and the youngest swimmers have laid down the challenge to the older swimmer. 2018 is looking good for the club.

Moving onto the Standard Long Distance events (Boys 1500m FC and Girls 800m FC), Tigersharks continued to show their strength and ability over these swims.

Ffion Mathias, Freddy Logan, Isabella Thompson, Laura Edwards, Marshall Fitchett all produced gold medal swims. Grace Osman, Emily Preedy, Alfie Smithson, Owen Jackson & Harvie Greenwood swam to silver medal placings and Maddie Gottfried, Matilda Hart, Tom Dubarry, James Andrew, Edward Smith & Sam Dubarry all swam outstanding races to take Bronze medals in their age groups. Every Tigershark swimmer was on superb form.


Dreams really do come true

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Take a five year old from Swindon and place her in the hands of Tigersharks swimming club, there started the dream of Jazz Carlin to become an Olympian.

A long and sometimes tough 20 years later we watch in wonder as she swims her way to 2 Silver medals in the Rio Olympics.

Take a bow Jazz Carlin, you deserve all the applause you are receiving from all over the country.

Swimming is a tough sport and is only for the hardy who seriously want to take it as far as they can. Jazz has had her battles and disappointments but she has never given up and always pushed on.

She is truly an inspiration to all around her and especially the swimmers in Tigersharks who she visits regularly. We congratulate you, from all of us at Tigersharks, we are so proud to call you one of our own and a member of our club.

National Pride

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Tigersharks Andrew Smith and Gabriella Doughty arrived in Sheffield for the ASA Summer Home Nationals with the hope of swimming well. They did not disappoint themselves or their coach.

Andrew Smith had his work cut out as a 13 year old swimming in a 13/14year age group. Entered into the 100m & 50m Butterfly he had worked hard to nail the basic skills particularly in his starts, turn and finishes. His first swim was 100m Butterfly where he produced a super PB time and finished in a creditable 12th place overall. That swim blew out the cobwebs and got rid of the nerves and the 50m Butterfly saw a much more focused and determined swimmer. The heat swim saw him PB and move into the final as the only 13 year old amongst all 14 year old swimmers. In the final Andrew produced another PB and outstanding swim time of 28.11 finishing in 7th place overall and placing himself 2nd in the British rankings for 13 year olds. A great experience and result.

Gaby Doughty is a sprint specialist and works hard to achieve her goals. Swimming in the 50m and 100m Backstroke she was delighted to be competing at her first National competition. In the 50m Backstroke Gaby started very well producing a PB and moving into the final in 4th place. She stepped it up again in the final to lower her PB again to 31.89 and maintain her 4th place finish over all.

Unfortunately the second day saw Gaby feeling unwell which had an adverse effect on her 100m swim. However she was delighted with her swimming over the two days and particularly the outstanding 50m swim.

Tigersharks outstanding at National Age Group Open Water

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Two of three Open Water National qualifiers travelled to Rother Park last weekend to take part in their first National competition. Unfortunately Leia Griffiths had other plans in Florida….. but James Andrew and Ryan Lawrence took to the lake like ducks to water.

Both boys had swum very well at the Regional event to qualify for the National competition but no one envisaged how well both boys would perform at their fist National event.

With 32 swimmers competing in the 12 year Boys age group the boys goal was to swim fast, enjoy the competition…. And not come last!

The boys did a superb job swimming to James, 16th place in a time of 22.13 and Ryan 23rd place in a time of 22.45. These are the highest places out of so many swimmers Tigersharks have every achieved in Open Water, a superb achievement.

Congratulations from everyone at Tigersharks


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