Tigersharks took part in 2 open meets over the weekend of 10/11/12 April as the club hosted another of its popular short course open meets at the Link Centre in Swindon whilst a few swimmers went down to Bristol for some well needed long course practice.
At the Link Centre James Andrew was in top form as he secured 3 additional Regional Qualifying Times (RQT) over the weekend in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and the 200m IM. Joining his team mate was Ryan Lawrence who got his first RQT in the 100m Fly. Both boy’s performances are particularly impressive as they will be in the same age group next year and come as a result of some great work in training. Matilda Hart added to her list of RQT’s in the 50m back with a strong display of sprinting; Matilda now has RQT’s in both the short backstroke events. Amy Jackson got her first Regional Consideration Time (RCT) and only just missed out on her RQT with a superb new PB also in the 50 back and Harvie Greenwood clocked up 2 more RCT’s in the 200IM and 100m Breaststroke.
The younger swimmers cannot qualify for the regional competitions but that didn’t stop them from producing some outstanding swimming. Lavinia Morsani-Jones and Ethan Nicholas both put in some fine performances throughout the weekend showing great talent for 9 year olds as they smashed their PB’s across a multitude of events. They were not the only young swimmers to perform well; Gracie Gardner, Niamh Preston, Milan Thapar, Owen Jackson and Harriet Hillman joined them in swimming really well over the weekend.
The open meets are not just about the established swimmers, they also provide a great opportunity for the youngest and newest swimmers to get their first taste of competition. Sebastiono D’Onofirio, Tannaz Hooshyarabnavi, Chloe Hartnoll, Alex Smith, Emily Preedy and Lauren Curtis all donned their Tigersharks hats for the first time and swam really well in their first competition for the club.
Whilst most of the club were engaged at the Link, a small group of swimmers went to Bristol to swim in their long course meet. Whilst the distances are the same as in the short course pool the pace judgement is slightly different as you have less turns, so less reference points to help you control your swim. With a full event programme available, the meet started on the Friday night with great success for Tigersharks. Andrew Smith put himself at the top of the South West Regional 1500m rankings in his age group with a fine performance. Andrew continued to perform superbly over the weekend putting himself at the top of the South West rankings for a 12 year old in almost every event he entered and winning 5 medals in the process, with only swimmers in the year above for regional competition getting the better of him over the weekend – it really was a dominant display.
Rebecca Cook, continues to improve and produce outstanding Breaststroke performances. Rebecca has posted in particular a superb 5 second PB on her 200m Breast in her quest to secure a place in the National Competition in 2015. The surprise was the 2 second PB on the 100m Breast which is not her favoured distance and PB swims in all her other events.
Gabriella Doughty continued her improvements over the weekend with an outstanding 100m backstroke taking her to 2nd in the rankings for a 12 year old in the South West and swam outstandingly well in her other events beating all her previous PB’s.
Laura Edwards continues to make great improvements and took a bronze medal with a fabulous 400m IM swim and was unlucky with a 4th place in the 200m Breaststroke. Jasmin Poole continued her success at 800m this year with victory in her age group. Jasmin continued to swim very well setting new PB times over every event she swam. Dina Nejkic battled hard to get her regional 100m FC time with a really determined swim after a few weeks out of the water.
Sam Dubarry, Marshall Fitchett, Abigail Cook and Ollie Howitt also put in some solid swims over the weekend taking long course PB’s in their events.
Overall this weekend proved to be very successful for Tigersharks with some top performances both in Bristol and at the Link. The swimmers are really stepping up to the mark as the club continues to improve on what has already been a very good year for Tigersharks. Well done to all those involved and as always a huge thanks to those who helped us run another great open meet.