January saw us hosting a very successful open meet where we had numerous swimmers gain qualification for the Regional Championships later in the year. As we moved into March the team achieved a creditable 3rd place in the Winter league.
In March both the senior and junior swimmers attended the county championships with Tigersharks retaining the Doreen Clark trophy. This is particularly significant as it compares the success of the all in clubs in Wiltshire at the BAGCAT county championships to the size of the club. Whilst other may have more winners than we do, relative to our size we are the most successful club in Wiltshire at these championships.
April was the last chance for our swimmers to get their regional times and as well as hosting another great meet we attended the Bristol Open meet with much success. Juliet Durrant scored more points than anyone else and was female swimmer of the meet.
We continued to perform at the Regional championships with Rebecca Cook winning bronze in the 200m Breaststroke, Dina Nejkic took silvers in 100m and 200m Breaststroke, Andrew Smith a silver and Bronze in the 400IM and 400m FC and Marshall Fitchett a sliver in the 400m FC.
In the BAGCAT points we were the only club in Wiltshire to have a swimmer in the top 3 in the West of England as Andrew Smith took second place in the 10/11 years age group.
Our success was not limited to the pool either as Tivvy Durrant and Luke Morgan both made the National Championships in open water swimming following their successes at the regional championships.
The summer also saw the SX3 junior team dominate the opening rounds of the Southern Junior league and finish second overall behind a very strong Bournemouth team.
There was also huge success for Jazz Carlin over the summer. The first Welsh woman in 40 years to win gold in the pool at the Commonwealth games was backed up by two superb victories in the 400m and 800m FC at the European championships. There are very few clubs in the country who have such talent amongst their membership.
Our club championships in October saw many fantastic swims with James Andrew going to 2nd place in the 9 years age group on the UK rankings (age as on day) in his 200m FC. Leia Griffiths smashed it in her 800m FC and at the time was also number 2 on the UK rankings for this event.
We returned to the Bristol open meet in November where we were top club overall and in December we hosted yet another fantastic open meet where we gained 35 regional times, 30 Regional Consideration times and too many county times to count.
As we close the year, we lead the Winter league after the first round and have 2 swimmers ranked in top 10 in the UK on their events. Leia Griffiths sits at number 9 in the 800m FC and Dina Nejkic sits at number 10 in the 100m Breaststroke.
This is a great set of achievements for a club of our size and we should be really proud of all that we have achieved this year.
The success this year is not just about the swimming we have a new website, a re-invigorated social committee who organised a summer BBQ, bike ride and 2 Christmas parties which were thoroughly enjoyed by all those who came.
As with every club across the UK, none of the above is possible without the support of all of our members. From officiating, coaching, squad admins, social committee, marshalling at our open meets or even getting swimmers to training before the sun gets up; we are grateful to everyone who has contributed towards another fantastic year. We are very lucky to have such a great bunch of people to work with.
And that just leave us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year; we look forward to doing it all again in 2015……….