Tiger Sharks hit pool, preparing for District

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ever since the 2015 season started for the Troy Tiger Sharks at the beginning of the summer, head coach Idral Bowen has been working with his team on many different aspects to get ready for the season. With the season coming to a close the Tiger Sharks have impressed Bowen to the point he believes they will have success at the District Swim Meet.

In the 2015 season The Tiger Sharks participated in four swim meets through the month of June. They opened their season in Eufaula on June 6 and it was followed by a meet on Andalusia on June 9. The Tiger Sharks hosted their home meet at the Sportsplex on June 18.

The team closed out their meet schedule on June 23 when they once again traveled to Andalusia.

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Now, with the regular season at an end, the Tiger Sharks turn their sites to Dothan on Saturday where they will participate in the District Swim Meet.

“We ended our practice really hard last week because we didn’t practice during the holiday,” Bowen said. “We are going to start our two-a-day practices this week.”

The District Swim meet will feature the entire Tiger Shark swim team with all of them having the goal of making times to advance to the State Swim Meet in Birmingham.

The top four finishers in each of the races automatically punch their ticket to the Meet in Birmingham, but the team must rank within the top 16 times from across the district to make the trip to the State Swim Meet.

The two-a-day practice schedule will feature both a morning and evening session; both sessions will offer different training regiments.

“In the mornings we are going to have hard cardio workouts in the pool,” Bowen said.

“In the afternoon we will work a lot more on technique.”

The Tiger Sharks will shift their focus from getting ready for a regular season meet to preparing for a District Swim meet where everybody will be focusing on reaching the best time they can.

“We will focus more on times now,” Bowen said. “We are going to do the cardio and technique. We will work hard on getting the right pace down for the events. We are going to clock their times and tell them where they need to be.”

The District Swim Meet will take place Saturday in Dothan. For those who qualify, the State Swim Meet will be July 23-25 at the Crossplex in Birmingham.