Chard and District Swimming Club members bag impressive haul of medals
PUBLISHED: 12:21 10 July 2015
More than 25 swimmers from the club travelled to Weston-super-Mare to take part in the Chard & Clevedon Open Meet, with numerous personal best swims over the weekend along with an impressive medal haul, writes Heather Pullinger.
Simon Davis obtained the Top Boy trophy for the 13 years age group, collecting four golds, five silvers and one bronze medal whilst shaving almost a whole minute off his previous best time for the 400m freestyle.
Joss Copeman achieved a staggering seven golds from just eight races but was unable to clinch the Top Boy trophy from Simon, whilst there were also numerous gold medals for Briana Barrand (4), Xanthe Dyer (4), Melissa Hanson (4), Paul Harrison (2), Grace Lambert (2), Henry Taswell (2), and Louis Rood (1).
Along with the 30 gold medals, Chard’s swimmers also achieved 14 silvers and 10 bronzes, as well as nearly thirty more top 6 finishes.
The swimmers also achieved a combined total of 66 personal best times, with nine swimmers taking at least 10 seconds off one or more of their previous personal best times.
There were also County Qualifying Times for Briana Barrand, Harriet Copeman, Joss Copeman, Millie Downes, Xanthe Dyer, Melissa Hanson, Paul Harrison, Esme Huntley, Grace Lambert, Jamie Pullinger and Henry Taswell. This is a massive achievement at such an early stage of the season with nearly nine months to go until these championships.
Other swimmers taking part were Oliver Bright, Freddie Coles, Jevan Hampton-Rumbold, Grace Haskins, Mia Huntley, Megan Lees, Jack Morgan, Samuel Platten, Jamie Porter, Mia Porter, Oliver Rodger, Benjamin Webb and Catherine Webb.
Coach June was very impressed with the performances of all participants and is looking forward to similar success in the near future.
More information from the Club’s website www.chardswimming.org.uk