Swimmers’ date with Daley!

PUBLISHED: 16:08 16 May 2012

Abigail Dare, Ben Fowler,  Hannah Pullinger, Lauren Harrison, Luke van den Barselaar, Tessa Down, Jake Hallam) plus our Head Coach Darren Aitchison

Abigail Dare, Ben Fowler, Hannah Pullinger, Lauren Harrison, Luke van den Barselaar, Tessa Down, Jake Hallam) plus our Head Coach Darren Aitchison


Seven 15 and 16 year old Chard and District Club swimmers qualified for the recent ASA South West Regional Youth Championships held at the newly opened 50 metre pool at the Plymouth Life Centre, writes Hannah Pullinger.

To compete at these championships swimmers have to achieve the required qualifying times in each event, which enables them to compete against the top swimmers in the West of England. All the Chard team swam well achieving many personal best times, with most also gaining places in finals.

Hannah Pullinger, 16, swam in six events: 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, and 50m backstroke. Hannah made finals in 100m breaststroke coming fourth and 50m breaststroke coming second and winning a coveted silver medal.

Tessa Down, 15, competed in all eight events she qualified in: 100m and 200m breaststroke, 400m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m and 400m Individual Medley. Tessa made finals in 100m and 200m breaststroke placing eighth in both.

Abi Dare, 15, swam in five events: 50m & 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m and 400m Individual Medley, making the 50m backstroke final and coming ninth.

Lauren Harrison, 15, competed in the 400m Individual Medley gaining a good personal best time.

Luke van den Barselaar, 16, swam in six events: 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 200m freestyle, and 100m butterfly. Luke made finals in 50m backstroke coming fourth, 100m backstroke sixth, and 200m backstroke placing ninth.

Jake Hallam, 16, swam in five events: 100m and 200m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 50m and 200m freestyle. Jake made the finals in 100m (seventh) and 200m (fourth) butterfly and 100m breaststroke (fifth).

Ben Fowler, 16, swam in three events: 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, making finals in the 50m placing seventh, and in the 100m where he was 10th.

Whilst at the championships the swimmers were treated with an unexpected visit to the pool by Olympic GB Team diver Tom Daley who now trains there. They were able to watch him in action in the new diving pool and afterwards the girls all took the chance to meet and be photographed with him - quite a weekend all round!

●If you are interested in competitive swimming Chard and District Swimming Club have sessions for all age groups at Chard, Axminster, and Crewkerne.

Find out more via web-site www.chardswimming.org

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