Fowler flies to 50m silver speed badge for Chard & District Swimming club

PUBLISHED: 15:08 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:09 26 March 2013

Chard and District Swimming Club Swimmers of the Month; Melissa Hanson 15 and Oliver Bilbie 14

Chard and District Swimming Club Swimmers of the Month; Melissa Hanson 15 and Oliver Bilbie 14

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Chard and District Swimming Club have over 30 county qualifiers this year taking part in the Somerset County Championships being held at Millfield School over four weekends, writes Hannah Pullinger.

The final two weekends saw Chard swimmers making their mark again, with 30 swimmers competing in 20 events, gaining 34 top ten positions with most achieving personal best times.

Eleven-year-old Henry Taswell was the only club member to achieve an overall top eight position in his age group, the 9-14 year old Junior British Age Group Category Awards.

Ten-year-old Jessica Fowler achieved the club’s silver speed badge by swimming 50m freestyle in under 36 seconds for the first time, and 15-year-old Joe Spurway achieved the gold speed badge by swimming 50m freestyle in under 27 seconds.

Medal positions were achieved by: Jake Hallam (17), first in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly, Hannah Pullinger (17), third in the 50m breaststroke, Tessa Down (15), first in the 50 and 100m breaststroke and second in the 200m Individual Medley, Melissa Hanson (15), third in both the 400m Individual Medley and the 200m freestyle and Ben Fowler (17), third in the 50m backstroke.

Two swimmers in particular are to be congratulated in reaching championship finals in their events; Jake Hallam (17), in the 100m Butterfly and 100m freestyle, and Tessa Down (15), in the 100m breaststroke.

Twenty nine regional qualifying or consideration times were also achieved during the second weekend of competition by eleven swimmers.

Luke van den Barselaar (17), 100 & 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke, Ben Fowler (17), 50m backstroke, Jake Hallam (17), 200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, Hannah Pullinger (17), 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, Abi Dare (16), 50m backstroke, Joe Spurway 15, 50m and 200m freestyle, Tessa Down (15), 50m and 100m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley, Melissa Hanson (15), 200m and 400m Individual Medley, 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke, Lauren Harrison (15), 400m Individual Medley, Oliver Bilbie (14), 50m backstroke, Elisha Hawkins (13), 100m breaststroke, 200m and 400m Individual Medley, 200m backstroke.

Club Swimmers of the Month were Oliver Bilbie (14), for achieving a new South West Counties consideration time in the 200m backstroke, and Melissa Hanson (15), for gaining a new South West Counties consideration time in 200m breaststroke.,

The club are always looking for new members interested in competitive swimming particularly age seven upwards; anyone interested in joining the club can get along for a free trial and - contact them via their web-site www.chardswimming.org.uk


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