Chard & District Swimming Club took part in the recent Somerset Development Meet aimed at young and inexperienced swimmers looking to try to achieve County times for next spring, writes Hannah Pullinger.

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Twenty-four swimmers aged 9 and upwards took part over two days, achieving many personal best times and a total of 21 County qualifying times .

Top three medal positions were achieved by: Jess McAuley 9, 50m freestyle, Henry Taswell 11, 50m butterfly, 100m I/Medley, 200m backstroke and I/M, Abi Bonning 12, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m I/M, Hope Horsfield 13, 200m I/M, Rory Dyer 14, 200m freestyle, Nathan Roberts 15, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, and Wilf Gosden 17, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Swimmers taking part were: Girls: Brooke Mathieson, Holly Dickinson, Jess McAuley, Eden McDonald, Xanthe Dyer, Helen and Sarah Underwood, Jess Patch, Abi Bonning, Hope Horsfield, Flo Swan, Mollie Simpson, Marianna Dyer, Lauren Real.

Boys: Ben Webb, Simon Davis, Henry Taswell, Leo Bonning, Joss Copeman, Michael Moulding, Liam Mathieson, Nathan Roberts, Rory Dyer and Wilf Gosden.

●Club Swimmers of the Month for September were Michael Moulding 11 and Abbie Herbert 8 who achieved the most progress points in the September Club Gala.

●If you want to find out more about Chard Swimming Club or are interested in joining we have sessions for age 5/6 upwards at pools in Chard, Axminster, Crewkerne and long course training at Millfield. Please visit our web-site at www.chardswimming.org

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