Pulinger impresses at South West Regional Sprint Meet

PUBLISHED: 09:06 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:06 17 July 2013

Chard SC swimmers Paul Harrison (14)and Lauren van den Barselaar (15) with their awards at the Open Water Championships.

Chard SC swimmers Paul Harrison (14)and Lauren van den Barselaar (15) with their awards at the Open Water Championships.


On one of the hottest days of the year so far eight of Chard and District Swimming Club’s top swimmers headed for Gloucester, for the South West Regional Sprint Meet, writes Hannah Pullinger.

The temperature inside the pool was as hot as that outside, as the swimmers competed in all four strokes over 50m sprints and the 100m individual medley.

To swim at this event competitors have to have achieved at least one Regional qualifying time and swum at the Regional Championships earlier in the season.

All eight swimmers did the club proud and achieved many personal best times. At the end the overall points from all events determined winners in each age group.

All eight swimmers were placed in the top 15 in their respective age groups.

Hannah Pullinger, 17, swimming in the open age group achieved the best overall placing coming fifth with Luke van den Barselaar, also 17, placed seventh in the boy’s open age group.

Other placings were; Melissa Hanson, 15, ninth; Jamie Pullinger, 14, tenth; Joe Spurway, 16, tenth; Dan Andrews, 18, 11th; Ben Fowler, 17, 14th and Oliver Bilbie, 15, 15th.

On an equally hot Sunday last weekend two other Chard and District swimmers braved the open water at the ASA South West Open Water Championships held at Weymouth.

With delays at the start due to fog, and despite the hot weather on land, sea temperatures of only 14.7 degrees - below the recommended temperature for such events- some competitors found it too cold to compete.

Lauren van den Barselaar, 15, swimming in her first open water event was not however deterred, and swam to a splendid third place overall in her age group (girls 15-18 years) in the 1.5km event in a time of 26.40.64 and was also placed first.

Paul Harrison, 14, also swam and achieved first place in the 14 years and under boys age group, in a time of 25.26.82. Both were presented with certificates and medals.

Finally, we would like to apologise to 11-year-old Oliver Rodger for missing his name from the recent report about the Chard and Clevedon Open Meet; Oliver swam very well and achieved top eight medals in his age in both his events, coming fourth

in the boy’s 50m freestyle and eighth in the 200m breaststroke. Well done, Oliver!

The club are always looking for new members of al ages; for more information about Chard and District Swimming Club and competitive swimming visit their web site at www.chardswimming.org

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