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South West Region Competitions

Tigersharks continue their winning trend at South West Region Competitions.

Following on from the superb first weekend of racing at the South West Region Championships Tigersharks swimmers embarked on weekend two and three at Hengrove and Millfield.

The weekend got off to a superb start with Tigersharks hitting a 100% personal best time tally in session 1 at Hengrove. Jessica Smith (13) swam to a superb Bronze medal in the 400m FC and Isabella Thomson swam a superb final to take 7th place.

Session 2 saw the swimmers take on the 1500m FC event for both boys and girls. James Andrew swam to a PB taking a well-deserved 4th place. The girls reigned supreme with 11 year old Neve Porton taking the Bronze in the 11/12 year age group, Jessica Smith a Silver and Isabella Thomson a bronze in the 13’s, Caitlin Gulliver a Gold, Emilie Gulliver a Bronze & Grace Osman a 6th place in the 15 year age Group, Emily Preedy a Silver in the 16’s and Laura Edwards a 5th place in the 17 and Ov. A wonderful display of distance swimming from Tigersharks.

Day two continued in the same vein with the PB’s pouring in and Freddie Logan swimming to a great 8th place in the 50m Breaststroke final and Alfie Smithson producing a fantastic swim and time to take 7th in the 200m Butterfly final.

Millfield saw some mixed results on day one. Jessica Smith swam her way into the 200m FC final and Tigersharks were strongly maintaining a 98% Personal best status. Day two saw us raise the game again back to our 100% PB swims and producing stunning swims. Neve Porton showed her strength again as the only 11-year-old in the 400m IM taking 6th place and Jessica Smith taking 8th place. Freddy Logan swam a stunning 200m Breaststroke to come in in 6th place in the final in a another PB.

Tigersharks have shown themselves to be the most successful Wiltshire club at this year’s Regional competitions all down to the swimmers and coaches tireless effort and work.

Next British Championships, Home Nationals & National Open Water where we are hoping to feature at least 10 swimmers this year.

 

Regional Champs 2019

Regional Championship Round up - Tigersharks on top form.

After winning the Wiltshire Winter League for a second year running and a hugely motivational meeting with Olympic Silver Medallist Jazz Carlin, Tigersharks turned their attentions to the South West Regional Championships in Plymouth over the May bank holiday weekend. Taking our largest team for many years, expectations were high with multiple swimmers looking to be in the mix for finals and medals and those all-important National qualification slots on the rankings.

Tigersharks has always had success across the range of events but their forte has often been the distance freestyle events and so it was again at these championships. Erin Shewchuk and Emily Preedy took 1st and 2nd in the 16 years 800m FC in a close-run race. Emily also narrowly missed out on gold in the 400m FC with another silver medal as Erin just missed the medals in 4th place. In the 15 years age group Caitlin Gulliver secured a bronze medal in the 800m FC and they all teamed up with Gabriella Doughty to take a bronze medal in 4x200m FC relay. The team will have to sit and wait to see if they’re invited to the British Nationals on this event.

Caitlin added another bronze medal in the 200m FC with Emily Preedy also making the 200m FC final. Not to be outdone by her sister, Emilie Gulliver produced some great swimming to take bronze in the 400IM and the 100M breaststroke as well as making the final in the 50m breaststroke.

As well as our medallists the team stepped up the mark time and time again. Poppy Turner produced a determined swim in the 200m Fly final to come 4th and used her underwater skills to great effect in the 50m Fly. Having recorded a strong heat swim, she produced a stunning performance to dip below the magical 30 second barrier for the first time in coming 4th in the final.

Gabriella Doughty produced a big PB and 4th place in the 100m Backstroke. This came after a 6th in the 50m Back and a 9th in the 50m FC, where she qualified having won a swim off by 0.01 seconds. Gaby was joined in the Backstroke final by Sophie Walker who also produced a long course PB to qualify.

Oliver Kocharski excelled in the 200m Fly with a huge PB in coming 6th in the 15 years age group. The finalists were completed by Ed Smith and James Andrew who both made their respective 200m Breaststroke finals with Ed 5th and James 8th.

As well as the older swimmers the younger age groups also ventured down to Plymouth for their 800m FC. Jess Smith, Freddie Logan, Ryan Sheahan, Janes Trevithick and Neve Porton all produced lifetime bests as they mixed it up with the older swimmers.

It was a great weekend of swimming for Tigersharks with lifetime bests across the board and several swimmers putting themselves in position to qualify for the Nationals in the summer, and with every swimmer attending marking multiple personal best times.

Many of our team will be tackling their GCSE’s over the coming weeks and we wish them well in their exams as we now turn our attention to the younger age groups who have their championships in the next 2 weeks – let’s hope they can do as well as the older swimmers.

REGIONAL CHAMPS 19

Phil Millard

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely death of Tigersharks former Head Coach Phil Millard on 7 November 2018 following a short illness.

Phil joined Tigersharks, or Thamesdown, as it was known then when his 2 daughters Ali and Jo started swimming. He quickly became involved completing his ASA Swim Teacher qualification in the early 80's moving on to Assistant Club Coach and finally becoming a fully qualified British Swimming Club Coach and Head Coach of the Club. Tigersharks achieved a 6th place finish in the medal table at the National Age group and Youth Championships and achieved 18 national qualifiers in one year- an amazing achievement for a relatively small club. Phil also coached 2 out of the 4 Olympians produced from the town and he was immensely  proud to watch Grant Turner in London 2012 and Jaz Carlin claim her 2 silver medals in Rio in 2016.

Phil retired as Head Coach of the Club in 2005 and set up a Learn to swim programme with his daughter Jo and then returned to swimming , coaching the triathletes twice weekly.

Phil was involved with swimming for over 30 years and made a huge contribution to the sport and those athletes whom he coached .

We offer our sincere condolences to Carol, Ali, Jo and all the family on your loss

National Bound 2018

National Bound 

National bound

Tigersharks eight National qualifiers end their season on a high in 2018.
Maddison Gottfried (12) National Open Water Festival, Charlie Griffiths (12) National Open Water Festival, Isabella Thomson (12) Scottish Summer Nationals, James Andrew (14) National Open Water Festival, Leia Griffiths (14) National Open Water Festival, Sophie Walker (15) Scottish Summer Nationals, Harvie Greenwood (16) Scottish Summer Nationals & Laura Edwards (17) English Summer Nationals.

Congratulations to all of you.

Bulletin Board

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely death of Tigersharks former Head Coach Phil Millard on 7 November 2018 following a short illness.

Phil joined Tigersharks, or Thamesdown, as it was known then when his 2 daughters Ali and Jo started swimming. He quickly became involved completing his ASA Swim Teacher qualification in the early 80's moving on to Assistant Club Coach and finally becoming a fully qualified British Swimming Club Coach and Head Coach of the Club. Tigersharks achieved a 6th place finish in the medal table at the National Age group and Youth Championships and achieved 18 national qualifiers in one year- an amazing achievement for a relatively small club. Phil also coached 2 out of the 4 Olympians produced from the town and he was immensely  proud to watch Grant Turner in London 2012 and Jaz Carlin claim her 2 silver medals in Rio in 2016.

Phil retired as Head Coach of the Club in 2005 and set up a Learn to swim programme with his daughter Jo and then returned to swimming , coaching the triathletes twice weekly.

Phil was involved with swimming for over 30 years and made a huge contribution to the sport and those athletes whom he coached . We offer our sincere condolences to Carol, Ali, Jo and all the family on your loss.

Contact

Tigersharks are always happy to hear from you.

For all ‘Competitive Training’ enquiries
please contact Lesley Leffers on mobile 07707 470100

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