Local swimmers make waves

PUBLISHED: 11:22 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:04 16 June 2010

Chard & District Swimming Club members from the local area maintained their recent run of good form with a strong performance at the Somerset Age Group & Championships writes Steph Hallam.

Chard & District Swimming Club members from the local area maintained their recent run of good form with a strong performance at the Somerset Age Group & Championships writes Steph Hallam. Once again, South West Region Qualifying times (SWRQT) were obtained by a number of swimmers. There were also a number of club records and personal bests broken over the two days.

Lauren Harrison, 12, in the 400m Individual Medley beat the 12 and under and 14 and under club records in a time of 5:56.80. Once again, Jake Hallam and Luke van den Barselaar were on fine form.

Hallam, 14, bagged two bronze medals, starting with an exceptional swim in the 100m butterfly which was a SWRQT of 1:04.41 beating his own previous 14 years and under club record.

His determination in the 400m individual medley resulted in a superb SWRQT of 5:09.78 which saw him smash the 14 years and under and Open club records. Hallam also improved on his SWRQT in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:43.32.

Meanwhile, Luke van den Barselaar, 14, raced to his first ever SWRQT for the 100m butterfly, clocking 1:08.32 and went on to gain yet another SWRQT of 5:22:92 in the 400m individual medley.

Swimmers who achieved top eight individual positions in their respective age groups were:

9 yrs: Ryan Adair 4th in the 100m Individual Medley. Bea Brett 7th in the 200m Backstroke.


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