Selby Tiger Sharks continued there winning ways this weekend at the Rotherham Metro Gala held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Teams from as far away from the Isle of Man competed along with the might of Rotherham Metro swimming Club with there vast amount of talented swimmers. As usual The Sharks held their own picking up medals in just about every race they entered, these swimmers know no limits against bigger teams.
The Gala is graded into times against ages which result in either A, B or C grades . The first race saw Gracie Pinder in the 200m Individual Medley coming a close second and gaining a very good B grade time along with a silver medal. Gracie is quickly becoming a very successful competitive swimmer and a valued asset to Selby Tiger Sharks.
Danielle Cartman showed her wide range of strokes in the 200m Individual Medley with a hard fought bronze medal and posting an A grade time too. Distance swimming seems to be Danielle’s forte with a very impressive Gold medal finish in the 200m backstroke and a B grade time . Another bronze medal in the 200m freestyle with an A grade time was followed by a 100m backstroke silver medal finish where only one tenth of a second split the top three finishers. The shorter 50m breastroke saw Danielle come in 4th place where only one second could split the top four places.
Newly appointed Junior Club Captain Alice Moore finished one tenth of a second behind team mate Danielle in the 200IM with a respectable 4th place. Another distance swimmer in the making Alice picked up a bronze medal in the 100 breastroke and B grade times, with bronze again in the 100m butterfly and B grade times. The 50m breastroke saw Alice win gold with a B grade time rounding off a very successful weekend for her.
Olivia Mence kept the flag flying with a silver medal in the 200IM and B grade times, with two bronze medals in the 100m backstroke and 50m backstroke respectively both with A grade times. Olivia Rowan won a gold medal in the 100m breastroke, bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke, a silver medal in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle all with A grade times, another good performance from the Clubs youngest competitive swimmer.
Selby Tiger Sharks 2019 Club Captain Tia Mae Burden won a silver medal in the 200m freestyle with A grade times, a gold medal in the 50m butterfly and 200m breastroke saw her pick up a bronze medal both with B grade finishing times.
Top Gala attendance and Top attendance award at the recently held Tiger Sharks Presentation night went to Grace Gibson along with a silver medal in the 50m butterfly and a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke, both with B grade finishers. You can always rely on Grace to bring medals home from the galas she attends and she goes to a lot of Galas!
The only boy at the competition for Selby was the ever dependable Nile Michael who won a superbly fought gold medal in the 50m freestyle and a B grade time. A fifth place finish in the 100m breaststroke rounded Niles Sunday swim off.
Other swimmers for The Sharks who were just outside the medals table were Bethan Wright, Megan Moore, Grace Bell and Lucy Moore but they all put in excellent performances. Special thanks go to our poolside attendants Janette Moore, Andrew Mence and Louise Gibson who’s jobs are made that bit easier with the impeccable behaviour of all our swimmers.