TSS Aquatic is the leading age group swimming club in Australia. Operating out of The Southport School, our club comprises of approximately 250 members from both the TSS cohort and wider Gold Coast community.
Recent accomplishments for TSS Aquatic include 1st place at the Australian National Age Championships and Queensland State Championships. Currently, four TSS Aquatic swimmers and a TSS Aquatic Coach have been selected to represent Australia at international competitions in China and Hawaii. A TSS Aquatic swimmer has also been selected to compete for New Zealand. Nationally, 38 TSS Aquatic swimmers are ranked in the top 25 of competitors in 166 separate events, with 9 ranked first. This success confirms the strength and depth of talent that TSS Aquatic has to offer and will continue to nurture in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
TSS Aquatic caters for a wide variety of swimmers, both boys and girls from learn to swim through to an elite level. Our highly trained swimming coaches and superb swimmer to coach ratios allows every swimmer to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
The final day of the 2015 Australian Age Championships was an absolute cracker! TSS Aquatic have had the most memorable of 14 days competition combining our best ever senior championships with our best ever age championships. The back-to-back competition has seen our senior age group athletes shine from one competition to the next and has also motivated the younger athletes to many best times, medals and finals!
After such a successful Australian Age championships in 2014 I specifically remember a conversation with Bill Sweetenham days after the conclusion of the meet. Bill congratulated the TSS Aquatic team, the result showing how far the club has developed in such a short space of time. Bill's next comment was crucial – he said 'the next aim must be to win the (unofficial) gold medal table. It's great to have the depth but as a club you now need to develop the quality – winning more events if you are going to compete with the best at a senior level.' Those comments stuck in all the TSS Aquatic coaches' minds since last year's competition and since last year the quality of the performance from the team has developed immensely. For the first time ever TSS Aquatic has won more individual gold medals than any other club. Eleven individual gold medals finishes just one above the second place team.
For TSS Aquatic is was our best ever gold medal tally as well as our best ever silver medal tally. On top of that this also included an Australian Age Record in the 4x200m freestyle relay. The percentage of personal best times (also a pivotal stat) from the week was 59% which was another massive improvement from last year's competition.
The last night of competition begun with the Swim of the Day - Alice Stuart had an outstanding meet last week at the Australian Championships and she backed up superbly with another Senior Club Record and best time in the 200m butterfly, claiming her first ever national gold medal (2:11.89). Kiah Melverton made it a 'one two' coming home in a big best time (2:15.01). Dom Richardson then followed suit with a win in the boys event in a best time (2:00.94).
Koen Overton backed up his 100m breaststroke win from two days ago with another medal, this time in the 200m breaststroke winning a bronze (2:28.68). In an exciting finish to the 100m Free Jake Kersten collected a Silver medal in a personal best time of 50.50. Kai Edwards then finished the individual races of the night with another great swim in the 1500m Freestyle collecting his second Bronze medal for the meet. (16.04.93)
The meet was concluded with the 17-18 4x100 medley relay. The boys finished in second place, four seconds inside the previous Australian Age Record. Jake Kersten (58.11), Grayson Bell (1:01.82), Dom Richardson (55.11) and Josh Parrish (51.08) made up the medal winning team.
Thanks to all the parents in the stands for all the support. The swimmers have once again swam superbly. Cannot wait for next season!!!
The penultimate night of the 2015 Australian Age Championships saw TSS Aquatic equal our best ever gold medal tally with another two swims finishing on top making it 10 golds all together. From the start of the meet one of the major challenges has been for the athletes that competed at last week's senior championships to carry on their good form into this week (totalling 14 days racing all together!). Kiah Melverton and Josh Parrish have continued to do that day after day this week, both swimmers winning their endurance finals tonight in the 800 and 1500 metre freestyle events (8:35.50 and 15:36.13).
Lachlan Colquhoun had an awesome swim to win the silver in the 1500m freestyle swimming quicker than his time from last week, smashing his personal best time by five seconds (15:40.87).
Swim of the Day goes to Cameron Usher for a superb 100m butterfly. Cameron stuck to his race plan so well this morning to qualify for the final in a best time, ranked 5th overall. His race plan was then 'tweaked' for the final which he applied perfectly again, smashing the last 25 metres of the race, coming home in another best time, finishing 4th overall (55.77).
Lots more to look forward to tomorrow on the last day!
A ground breaking night tonight with TSS Aquatics first ever Australian Age National Record!!! It was still not straight forward picking the Swim of the Day after another outstanding night, but the boys 4x200m relay wins it with a huge performance to finish day four off in style. Jake Kersten (1:52.43), Dom Richardson (1:53.38), Max Statham (1:54.58) and Josh Parrish (1:50.49) made up the team, breaking the record by 0.61.
The 4x200m relays have always been a major target for the club as they really show the true strength of the team. Tonight was a clear indicator of how much TSS Aquatic has moved on with not only the boys win, but the girls team claiming silver, missing out on the gold by a fingernail…! Kiah Melverton (2:00.28), Laura Taylor (2:05.94), Charlotte Mitchell (2:05.77) and Alice Stuart (2:05.09) led the race from the start only losing the lead in the final stroke of the race!
Koen Overton won his first national gold in the 100m breaststroke in the final individual event of the evening. Going into the final lying second Koen stuck to his race plan superbly, swimming over the field in the 2nd length, winning by 0.23 (1:07.73).
Both Cameron Usher and Kiah Melverton also had superb finals in the 200m freestyle and the 200m individual medley. Cameron was ranked 5th going into the final and Kiah was ranked 6th. Both swimmers stepped up massively, Cameron claiming bronze (1:53.45) and Kiah the silver (2:17.86), both in personal best times, Kiah breaking the Senior Club Record by nearly two seconds.
The gold medal tally is now up to eight with two days still to go, just two behind the clubs best ever.
We are now halfway through the 2015 Australian Age Championships and TSS Aquatic continues to perform well. Day three has been TSS Aquatics biggest ever medal haul with six in total!
Grayson Bell has been one of the big stand-out performers over the past two weeks. Grayson swam quicker from heat to semi-final to final at the Australian Championships, finishing 6th in the country in the 100m breaststroke, breaking Senior Club Records and personal best times through each round. He then won gold on Monday night this week in the same event, going quicker than his time from last week.
Tonight Grayson wins Swim of the Day for his 200m breaststroke gold medal, once again swimming quicker from heats to finals, both rounds in personal best times. Grayson has also done something that many of the top ranked athletes avoid in both his heats swims this week – pushing himself extremely hard, challenging his best time in the morning (when a 70% effort would still get him into the final). Putting in the extra effort each time has secured the top spot after the heats. Not only does this put more pressure on him going into the final but it also helps Grayson practice swimming fast in the morning. Any swimmer that wants to take their swimming to a senior international level needs to practice this skill as much as possible – well done Grayson!
Kiah Melverton claimed her third medal of the championships with silver in the 200m freestyle (2:00.96), just shy of her Senior Club Record that was achieved last week. Laura Taylor won her third silver medal in the 400m freestyle with a superb best time (4:20.63). Kai Edwards swam a thrilling 400m individual medley bronze medal effort (4:35.02), finishing just a fingernail behind 2nd place. This was a special moment for Kai as he has not been on the Age Championships podium since 2012 but has put a huge effort in the training pool week in week out since, persevering, and getting back into the top three in 2015!
The night was capped off with two superb relay efforts from the 14's and 16's boys relays. The 16's boys swam an outstanding race claiming silver in the 4x100 freestyle. Well done Cameron Usher (52.79), Mitch Simmons (53.08), Scott Goadby (53.52) and Luke Pearce (53.77). This was their first national medal for Mitch, Scott and Luke.
The 14's medley relay also swam brilliantly winning bronze in the 4x50m race. Kalani Skipps (31.22), Koen Overton (31.31), Sean Arthur (27.46) and Luke Parrish (25.71) finished in 1:55.70. This was Kalani, Sean and Luke's first Age medal. This makes it three medals out of four relays so far in the meet.
After such a massive night last night at the first finals session of the 2015 Australian Age Championships it was always going to be tough to top today. However the team swam well making eleven more finals, winning a further three medals – one gold, one silver and one bronze. With a total of five gold medals already we are halfway towards our best ever gold medal count!
Kiah Melverton won her second gold medal of the meet, swimming a personal best time as well as a Senior Club Record in the 400m individual medley (4:46.57). This final was nearly 2 seconds quicker than her Australian Championship swim, showing that she continues to go from strength to strength!
Swim of the Day goes to an awesome race to finish off the second night of finals with a bronze medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay. Jake Kersten (51.14), Dom Richardson (51.61), Grayson Bell (51.72) and Josh Parrish (51.15) smashed the Senior Club Record finishing just 0.79 behind 1st place (3:25.62).
Laura Taylor claimed her second silver medal of the meet in the 200m butterfly with a personal best time of 2:15.09.
So far TSS Aquatic has had personal best times from 60% of the swims. This is a really solid start for the team. We now enter the middle of the meet so every athlete will need to become even more professional, concentrating better than ever in order to keep the best times coming.
After such an impressive Australian Championships last week from the TSS Aquatic senior swimmers it is now down to the junior athletes to carry the good form on in the age group competition (in Sydney again).
The challenge is not only for the juniors to step-up as the seniors did but also an additional challenge to a small group of swimmers in the 17-18 age categories that will be racing both competitions!
Day one did not disappoint with TSS Aquatic having our most successful night ever at an Age Championships. Four gold medals, one silver and 14 finals (including top 10's) was the total tally. TSS Aquatic has never won four golds in one night and has also never won five medals in one night!
With so much success it leaves a tough call for Swim of the Day… Charlotte Mitchell's 100m butterfly takes the award with an outstanding gold medal (1:02.76). Charlotte put herself under pressure with a very swift personal best time and junior club record in the heats (1:02.82) finishing nearly a second ahead of second place. Charlotte's best placing prior to today was 5th at last year's competition so going into the final ranked 1st would not have been easy. However she dealt with it so well, stepping up and swimming quicker. Well done Charlotte!
Three other gold medals all went to swimmers that are backing up after competing at the senior championships. Grayson Bell swam quicker than last week with an outstanding personal best time and senior club record in the 100m breaststroke (1:01.73). Josh Parrish finished strong once again in the 400m freestyle with a negative split (4:52.87) and Kiah Melverton, the star female athlete from last week, was strong once again to win the 400m freestyle (4:13.26). Laura Taylor won a silver medal in the 800 freestyle (8:54.93).
Tonight will be a tough night to top but I am sure the group will give it our best shot tomorrow!
TSS Aquatic finished the 2015 Australian Championships off the best possible way on day eight - seven swims, all best times, all climbed ranks and all swims qualified to an evening final! It was the endurance finish for all competitors with two A finals and three B finals in the 400m individual medley and two A finals in the 1500 freestyle.
Josh Parrish wins the Swim of the Day with an 11 second best time in the 1500m freestyle, placing 5th overall. Josh has been chipping away at his 1500 for the past few season and as we always say - if you are doing the training and the times stay the same you will get a 'big drop' eventually. Its great to see that 'big drop' happen in a senior national final! Josh's swim is also a new Senior Club Record (15:25.37). Lachlan Colquhoun, the Open Water man, placed 6th in the 1500, swimming best times in the heats and finals (15:45.44).
The stars of the week - David Morgan and Kiah Melverton continued to shine all the way to the end of the meet. After a gruelling eight days of racing both swimmers stepped-up one more time, making the A finals of the 400m individual medley, produced best times in the finals (David in heats and finals), finishing 6th and 7th overall (4:23.80 and 4:48.28). Both swims just missed out on Senior Club Records by a fraction.
Sho Nishimoto (4:25.47), Stuart Murray (4:36.03) and Kai Edwards (4:36.72) all swam the last event of the competition last night in the B final of the 400m individual medley. Stuart was a fraction shy of his heat best time swim (4:35.67) and both Sho and Kai swam faster from heats to finals.
This years competition has by far and away been TSS Aquatics most successful meet to date. The consistent high standard of performances from the team throughout the week has been absolutely outstanding. A huge congratulations has to go to Chris Nesbit. He has been the sole TSS Aquatic coach at the meet for seven out of the eight days. On top of that he has been preparing swimmers for the New Zealand Nationals, which starts on Tuesday, as well as the remainder of his squad that compete at next weeks Australian Age Championships. The months of planning that go into a meet like this as well as combining it with two other meets is ridiculous! Chris' group alone has produced 69% personal best times and 78% of the swims have climbed ranks. To get these stats at the biggest domestic meet of the season is amazing and I am 100% sure it would rival any club competing at the meet!
The team now has two days to re-charge the batteries before the Age Championships commence in Sydney on Monday. Most of the 44 strong team will be heading down over the weekend to prepare for six more days of hopefully more fast swimming!!!
It's hard to say whether last night was TSS Aquatics best night ever. It was a very special moment just a few days ago seeing David Morgan become the clubs first ever Dolphin, making the 2015 Worlds team. However last night was another really major high, not only did David claim his third medal of the meet with a bronze in the 100m butterfly but Kiah Melverton stepped up massively, winning silver in the 800m freestyle (8:31.01)!
Kiah's swim gives her her second Swim of the Day for the meet after an outstanding 400m freestyle on day one (5th place), but this medal is by far and away her greatest result to date. This is the highest achievement by any female for TSS Aquatic. Kiah has been in the TSS program all her career, climbing the ranks from a bronze medal at National Age in 2012 to three gold's in 2013. What makes the result even sweeter is that in 2014 Kiah had a very tough season, plateauing her times after the highs of making the World Junior Team and becoming Age Champion in 2013. Kiah and David Proud (her coach) have worked so hard to turn the result around - well done to you both!
David Morgan's third medal, bronze in the 100m butterfly, was another outstanding swim (52.03). David was ranked 10th going into the event. He has swam best times and Senior Club Records from heats to semi-final to final, taking 1.2 seconds off his previous best in total and finishing just 0.11 behind 1st place. It was another nail biting finish, David smashing his turn once again and mowing down the field in his last lap. One more metre and he would have won...!
Yesterdays heats saw two more solid swims from Josh Parrish and Lachlan Colquhoun, both swimming best times in the 1500m freestyle, placing them 5th and 6th going into tonight's final (15:39.25 and 15:45.94). Hopefully a few more will join them with the last heats session coming up in a few hours. It's the toughest event in the program to finish - the 400m Individual Medley. TSS Aquatic has five swims in this event which includes the stars of the week David Morgan and Kiah Melverton.
Day six was another cracker for TSS Aquatic with more records, finals and Club Records!!!
Josh Tierney wins Swim of the Day with his first ever senior medal, claiming a Bronze in the 200m breaststroke (2:13.66), in a personal best and Senior Club Record time. Josh's swim was another 'fast finishing' swim for a TSS Aquatic swimmer. Josh was a second behind the winner and 0.3 behind the silver with his last lap quicker than both, chasing them down all the way!
We have lots to look forward to tonight after more outstanding preliminary and semi-final swims. Kiah Melverton carried on her good form with a 4 second best time in the heats of the 800m freestyle, placing her 2nd going into tonights final (8:38.20). David Morgan is also in fine form after a bronze in the 50m butterfly and a silver in the 200m event. He is now ranked 4th into tonight 100m butterfly final. David swam best times and Senior Club Records in the heats and semi-finals yesterday (52.56).
Two days to go!
After the highs of day four TSS Aquatic had a quieter night last night. However this still meant one final and two semi-final swims. TSS Aquatic have now placed swimmers in 8 finals which includes 1 silver, 1 bronze and 8 Senior Club Records. 2014 was our best ever Australian Championships, finishing with a bronze and 10 finals in individual events. With three days still to swim hopefully we can smash those stats!
After an outstanding semi-final Alice Stuart swam a fraction slower in the final of the 200m butterfly (2:13.08) finishing 7th overall which ranks as TSS Aquatic's third highest female placing ever. Alice wins Swim of the Day as not only has she made her first ever senior final but the semi-final was a massive Senior Club Record and Alice has also climbed three places, from 10th ranked at the start of the event.
Josh Tierney booked himself into tonight's 200m breaststroke final after a solid semi-final swim (2:14.91), finishing just outside his personal best. Josh is ranked 5th going into the final, climbing 4 rankings from 9th going into the event. Ashleigh Olive climbed from 17th to 14th, going quicker in last nights 200m breaststroke semi-final (2:37.46).
TSS Aquatic is back with another busy morning this morning. We have seven swims of which three are ranked top 10.
What a night for TSS Aquatic last night! Day four at the Australian Swimming Championships is now the clubs best ever day at a swimming meet with David Morgan becoming our first ever Dolphin, qualifying for the 2015 World Championships in Russia! David had not swum a personal best time in the 200m butterfly since 2013. With confidence from a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly earlier in the week and his first ever senior international meet last year at the World Short Course Championships David stepped up massively, producing the Swim of the Day with a 2.8 second best time, finished in second place, 0.01 behind first, booking a his ticket to Russia. David was a second down on the leader with 50 meters to go but his last turn was superb and he picked up his rate to produce a nail-biting finish. David's last lap was 1.3 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Well done David!!!
Finishing fast, upping the rate and challenging yourself off the last turn has been a common topic for every TSS Aquatic swimmer each season. David Moran produced the goods in the 200m butterfly and then 30 minutes later Alice Stuart did the same in the 200m butterfly semi-final. Alice placed 9th going into the semi's but then produced a huge swim to jump to 4th going into tonights final with a 2:12.58 Senior Club Record and a massive best time. Alice's last 50m was the third fastest in the field with a superb last turn and 'head-down finish'.
Lachlan Colquhoun and Sho Nishimoto raced the final of the 800 freestyle also last night. Lachlan placed 5th overall just shy of his personal best time (8:13.99) and Sho swam a best time in the heats and the finals to place 8th overall (8:19.67).
It's going to be hard to top day fours results but with four more days still to go who knows what can happen.
Another cracker of a day for TSS Aquatic on day three of the Australian Swimming Championships. David Morgan and Lachlan Colquhoun have qualified into tonight's finals in the 200m Butterfly and the 800m Freestyle. In addition we had two other semi-finals and two more Senior Club Records!
Adam Mallett produced the Swim on the Day with a superb heats swim in the 200m Butterfly (1:57.08). Adam broke the Senior Club Record as well as his own best time, ranking himself first after the heats. As Adam is a visitor he was unable to swim the next round.
It has always been a major focus for the team to be able to step-up in the morning. Every swimmer will have a race where they need to produce their best early in the day. As swimmers climb the ranks and hopefully move on to international competition this skill becomes even more vital!
Kiah Melverton continued her great form after a 5th place in the 400m Freestyle on Friday she swam a best time and Senior Club Record in the semi-final of the 200m Freestyle (2:00.21). Josh Tierney climbed from 22nd to 15th in the 50m Breaststroke, swimming his second semi-final of the meet so far (29.41).
The impressive start to the Australian Swimming Championships continued last night with two outstandning finals swims. It is so important that swimmers perform quicker from heats to semi-finals to finals. Both David Morgan and Grayson Bell stepped up last night producing best times and Senior Club Records in the 50m Butterfly and the 100m Breaststroke.
David Morgan claimed TSS Aquatic's first medal at this years championship with a Bronze in the 50m Butterfly (23.95). This is the first time David or any TSS Aquatic swimmer has broken the 24 second mark.
Grayson Bell produced the Swim of the Day with and outstanding 100m Breaststroke final. Grayson swam a best time and Senior Club Record in the heats, semi-final and final, finishing 6th overall (1:01.90). Grayson was the youngest in a field by two years!
It was a quiet heats session yesterday with only four swims however we are back today with another hectic morning, 10 swims in total, lots to look forward to!
The Australian Swimming Championships, the biggest domestic meet of the year, commenced yesterday in Sydney. TSS Aquatic started with an outstanding first day with five evening swims (finals, B finals or semi-finals) and a total of 80% best times and 80% of the swims climbed the ranks! It will be a major challenge now to maintain this level of performance for the remaining seven days!
Kiah Melverton wins Swim of the Day with an outstanding Senior Club Record in the Final of the 400m Freestyle (4:10.42). Kiah finished 5th overall which is TSS Aquatic's best ever female result in an Olympic event!
Other highlights from the day included a 9th place finish for Josh Parrish and a Senior Club Record in the 400m Freestyle (3:51.26). Grayson Bell had two outstanding performances from heats to semi-final in the 100m Breaststroke, swimming a Senior Club Record in the semi-final and booking himself into tonight's final as the youngest man in the field (1:01.93)!
David Morgan has also booked himself into a final tonight in the 50m Butterfly. David swam a Senior Club Record in the heats (24.17) and places 7th going into the final.
Josh Tierney swam a best time in the 100m Breaststroke semi-final (1:02.81) finishing 14th overall. Alex Press and Lachlan Colquhoun also swam best times in the evening, Alex finishing 14th in the 50m Butterfly (24.50) and Lachlan 11th in the 400m Freestyle B Final (3:57.33).