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2014 A great year for Tigersharks


As 2014 comes to close its worth reflecting on what we as a club have achieved over the last 12 months. It’s very easy to move from event to event looking forward to the next open meet or competition but it’s also worth remembering how well we have done in 2014.

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……….

'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.

TigerSharks Winter 2014 331

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.


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