TSC swimmers attended Soundwell Swimming Club's first open meet at GL1 on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November. Competition came from local rivals Gloucester City, Southwold, Soundwell, Cinderford, Severnside Tritons, plus further afield from Swindon and Wolverhampton.
Head Coach Craig Skinner was in attendance to see the results of his and his coaching team's training. Progress is crystal clear for all to see, with a wonderful team spirit coursing through our close-knit squads of happy, confident, determined swimmers. The list of trophies, PBs and speeding tickets is long, and we're rightly proud of the fact, so here are some performance highlights.
Top of the list is probably Oli Osborne, who entered nine events, secured seven first place trophies, two speeding tickets and six PBs. Oli's race rival, Harry Lane, had a great weekend, swimming nine races and achieving a first, two seconds and two third place trophies, as well as three PBs. Harry's sister, Jess Lane, swam in ten events and was rewarded with three first place trophies, four third place trophies, two speeding tickets and three PBs. Eve Heeley entered two events, received speeding tickets in both and recorded PBs in both, one of which was smashed by a massive 22 seconds.
Chris Graffin hit top form too and looked the real deal – with wonderful consistency he entered four races, secured four PBs and picked up four first place trophies. The in-form Hannah Church swam two races, achieving PBs in both, plus a first place trophy and a speeding ticket. Sebastien Barley peaked perfectly – he swam in five events and collected five speeding tickets, four of them warranting PB status. Harry Quiney showed his undoubted potential – he entered five events, raced to two second places and a third place trophy, two speeding tickets and four PBs. Cora Brady will be more than delighted with her weekend's work – she entered eight events, won a first place and four second place trophies, picked up two speeding tickets and seven PBs.
Jordan Barnes is progressing rapidly and he showed this by swimming eight races, each at a new PB time, winning a second place and three third place trophies. Jordan recored the weekend's biggest PB – 34 seconds in the 200 IM. Joe Jollans swam three expert races, all to PB status, collecting a second place and two third place trophies. Archie Davidson underlined his recent improvements by entering nine events, securing seven PBs and two third place trophies. Archie Walsh, a highly promising youngster, especially in breaststroke, swam four races, recorded a PB in each and was rewarded with a second and third place trophy. Harry Willmott had a productive weekend, swimming five events, each a significant PB, with a second place and three third place trophies. The award for entering the most events goes to Tonicha Taylor, who swam a dozen races, ten of which were PBs, three of which were almost 20 second PBs, and won a first and a third place trophy.
Molly Wilson picked up a speeding ticket and two PBs from her three events, Jack Beazer swam ten races and recorded five PBs, Ashleigh Holton swam seven events, six of which were new personal bests, Becky Church made it two PBs from two races, as did Olivia Graffin and Amaya Herold, and our youngest swimmer of the weekend, Lilly Willmott, recorded two excellent PBs out of her four races.
TSC were well represented in official capacities – Dave O'Neill, Claire Willmott, Rich Lane, Steve Beazer, Ken Jollans and trainee Saskia Davidson all donned the whites throughout the weekend.
Our team of highly supportive chaperones were again invaluable in helping the swimmers remain focused and well-prepared, so many thanks to Hayley Brady, Cath Church, Emma Wilson, Ellie Heeley and Saskia Davidson for volunteering your time.
This was undoubtedly a great weekend for our swimmers and our club. Next events on our race schedule are the Tigersharks Open Meet, followed by Round 3 of Arena League and the Four Seasons under-12s gala at GL1.
Come on, TSC!