Tiger Sharks continue to make progress as summer heats up

Published 9:30 pm Monday, June 9, 2014

By Brian Anderson

The Troy Tiger Sharks competed in their second meet of the season Saturday at Andalusia. They faced Dothan, Eufaula and Andalusia for the second time in a row. The Tiger Sharks are much improved from their first meet.

“The majority of our kids all got new personal records,” 9 and 10-year-old coach Olivia Murray said. The techniques we worked on in practice has paid off she said.

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Torrey Battle, coach of the eight-and-under, said the confidence of the team has grown greatly with their new personal best times. The endurance of the team has gotten better over the last week of practice she said. She hopes endurance will continue improve this week.

“We got to see from the last meet what they needed to work on specifically in between the meets,” Battle said. “And we still have things that we need to work on going towards the next meet, specifically our turns in the water.”

After every meet she sees techniques the team can work on and improve moving towards District. Each meet should be a building block or stepping stone to the next one.

“We are real proud of the progress were making anywhere from our six-year-olds all the way up to our senior group who are all showing improvement,” head coach Shane Tatum said. “That’s a good sign for coaching that what we are doing is working.”

He said hopefully the team would build on Saturday’s success and improve even more.

When asked how the team can improve for the next meet he said they would continue to work on technique and conditioning. He said technique is a big part of swimming if a swimmer can get that down then conditioning will improve them in the overall race.

“What we have seen is our kids are getting stronger in the water technique and conditioning wise so our season is looking up for us.” Tatum said. The team has some 13 and 14-year-old boys who are coming into their own in the pool.

Sarah Cathryn Snellgrove won the senior division for the second time in a row. She placed first in four of the five events she competed in.

The Tiger Sharks will have another home meet Saturday against Andalusia and Eufaula.

The meet is set for a 10 a.m. start.