Chard swimmers dazzle at Sparkler meet

PUBLISHED: 10:21 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:21 27 November 2013

Chard swimmers 11-year-olds Joss Copeman and Xanthe Dyer.

Chard swimmers 11-year-olds Joss Copeman and Xanthe Dyer.


Chard Swimming Club were well represented at the Tiverton Sparkler Meet recently, writes Hannah Pullinger.

Thirty-five swimmers aged 9-17 took part gaining forty eight top three medal positions, including thirteen first places, nineteen second and sixteen third places, along with an amazing thirty seven County qualifying times and five Regional qualifying times.

Regional times were achieved by Hannah Pullinger, 17, in 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke; Ben Fowler, 17, 200m backstroke; Oliver Bilbie, 15, 100m backstroke and 12-year-old Henry Taswell who achieved his first ever regional time in the 200m butterfly.

Gold medals went to: Hannah Pullinger, 17, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke; Ben Fowler, 17, 200m backstroke, Melissa Hanson; 15, 200m individual medley; Paul Harrison, 14, 50 and 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke; Iain Ross, 14, 100m butterfly; Henry Taswell, 12, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke; Joss Copeman, 11, 50m backstroke and Millie Downes, 9, 200m breaststroke,

Silver went to: Hannah Pullinger 50m freestyle; Melissa Hanson 100m breaststroke; Oliver Bilbie 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle, Mollie Simpson 15, 200m individual medley; Iain Ross 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle; Paul Harrison 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke; Henry Taswell 200m freestyle; Simon Davis, 12, 50m freestyle; Joss Copeman 50m freestyle; Susan Ross, 14, 100 and 50m freestyle; Xanthe Dyer, 11, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley; Holly Dickinson, 11, 200m backstroke; Baylei Callow, 11, 50m freestyle and Briana Barrand, 9, 50m breaststroke.

Bronze was won by: Lauren Harrison, 16, 100m backstroke; Melissa Hanson 200m freestyle; Alex Phillips, 16, 100m breaststroke; Iain Ross 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle; Flo Swan 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly; Megan Herbert, 11, 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke; Xanthe Dyer 100m breaststroke; Cole Dickinson, 9, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke; Mia Huntley, 9, 50m butterfly; Millie Downes 50m backstroke and Briana Barrand 50m freestyle,

Other swimmers taking part and gaining many best times included: Abbie Herbert (9), Ben Webb (10), Niall Beauchamp (9), Harriet Copeman (10), Oliver Bright (11), Eden McDonald (11), Helen Underwood (11) Abi Morgan (12), Jess Fowler (12) and Moli Riley (13).

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

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