Tigers rub shoulders with cream of British talent

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National records tumbled, with many performance athletes competing.

Le Couilliard improved his 200m medley time and was fractionally behind his ‘fly bests as he placed 10th overall in the 50m and 11th in the 200m.

With top swimmers such as Mark Foster and Steven Parry competing, Le Couilliard can justifiably be pleased with his successful season which has included a new British junior record in the 200m butterfly, selection to the Great Britain team for the Youth Olympics in Paris, where he won a bronze medal, as well as NatWest Island Games gold medals, plus the bonus of a training camp with the GB senior squad.

Le Couilliard now moves to Australia for two years where he will continue with his studies and have the opportunity to further his swimming career.Damien Boucheré finished his season with his best ever performances at senior level, and he finished well within the top 20, with a 12th place in the 400m medley and 18th in the 200m breaststroke, both good results for him.Rosie Barrett just missed a top 20 place when she swam a PB of 31.02 in the 50m backstroke to finish in 21st place.

Her backstroke has proved very successful this season and will be her main focus next season.Tigers coaches Paul du Feu and Matt Magee, at the end of their 50-week non-stop season, had the additional responsibility of being in charge of the ten-strong squad as illness prevented Chris Nesbitt from travelling.

But for both men the experience of working for five days with some of Britain’s best swimmers was excellent.AIB Tigers are supported by ESC through the Advisory Council grants for the swimmers, and Allied Irish Bank whose support, once again, has made the whole Tigers’ programme achievable.

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