Pullinger sets new swim record at Millfield

PUBLISHED: 11:38 01 May 2012


Chard & District Swimming Club took a team of 12 and under swimmers to the first round of the Southern Junior League last weekend, at Weston super Mare. The team achieved a commendable fourth place, against some stiff competition, writes Hannah Pullinger.

Congratulations go to nine-year-old Jess McAuley who achieved the club’s Bronze Speed badge by swimming 25m freestyle in under 20 seconds and securing third place in her event.

Other great swims securing a total of 15 top three positions came from: Elisha Hawkins 12, first in 50m butterfly and second in 50m backstroke, Michael Moulding 9, first in 25m Butterfly and second in 25m breaststroke, Leo Bonning 9, second 25m freestyle, Megan Herbert 10, second 50m breaststroke, Henry Taswell 11, third 50m backstroke, Lewis Pearson 12, third 50m freestyle, Imogen Waterhouse 9, second 25m breaststroke, Eden McDonald 9, second 25m backstroke, Xanthe Dyer 10, third 50m butterfly, Joss Copeman 10, second 50m freestyle, India Woodhams 11, third 50m breastroke, and Leo Kindred 11, third 50m breaststroke.

Relay successes: the 11yr boys’ freestyle and medley teams achieved second positions in both events, the 10 yr girls secured third in both their events, and third places also went to the 10yr boys’ freestyle team and the girls’ 11yr medley team.

The Junior League squad for this gala were:

Boys: Leo Bonning, Ben Webb, Lorimer Bowles-Webb, Michael Moulding, Oscar Rens, Freddie Loder, Joss Copeman, Simon Davis, Oliver Bright, Jacob Billyeald, Oliver Parry-Leyshon, Ryan Adair, Ben Greenslade, Liam Mathieson, Henry Taswell, Leo Kindred, Lewis Pearson, Tom Simpson .

Girls: Eden McDonald, Jess McAuley,Brooke Mathieson, Imogen Waterhouse, Olivia Petrini, Jess Fowler, Megan Herbert, Xanthe Dyer, Holly Dickinson, Jess Patch, Abi Bonning, India Woodhams, Helen Underwood, Somer Horsfield, Tamsin Edge, Elisha Hawkins, Ella Harvey.

Meanwhile some of the club’s youth swimmers were in action at the Taunton Deane Level 1 meet held recently at Millfield.

Competition is tough at these Level 1 meets and this was no exception, but the handful of Chard swimmers who entered had some great swims and came away with good personal best times.

Hannah Pullinger, 16, focused her energies on the 50m breaststroke event hoping to gain a new regional qualifying time, and although she had to wait until the last heat of the last event to swim,she smashed her previous best time to achieve a new regional time in 36.46, the gold medal and meet record for her age group, and also the club open record for the event.

Other medal positions went to Lauren Harrison, 15, who picked up silver in the 800 freestyle, and another silver went to Melissa Hanson in the 100 backstroke. Eleven-year-old Tamsin Edge secured two bronze medals in the 50 and 200 breaststroke events, and Joe Spurway 14 won bronze in the 400 freestyle.

Other swimmers who took part were Billie-Jo Dance 15, Daniella Edge 13, and Elisha Hawkins 12.

For more information about Chard & District Swimming Club visit their web-site chardswimming.org.uk

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