Top effort from Colyton GS pupil Jake

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 23:49 15 June 2010

Colyton Grammar School pupil Jake Hallam

Colyton Grammar School pupil Jake Hallam

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Six local Chard and District swimming club representatives travelled to Gloucester to compete in the 2009 South West Sprint Championship.

Six local Chard and District swimming club representatives travelled to Gloucester to compete in the 2009 South West Sprint Championship.

Jake Hallam, Jack Fish, Jamie and Hannah Pullinger, Luke van den Barselaar and Abigail Dare have previously obtained South West Regional times. To take part in these events, they had to achieve SW Counties Qualifying times and take part in a SW Championship since last November's 2008 Championship.

All swimmers competed in five events: 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and the 100m individual medley.

There was a top performance from Jake Hallam, who attends Colyton Grammar School. He was rewarded with the Top Boy Trophy for the 13 years age group after the five events. He amassed a total of 2582 BAGCAT points which included two wins in the 100m individual medley and 50m butterfly event along with third place 50m breaststroke and seventh in the 50m freestyle.

Jack Fish finished in fourth for the 15 years age group, his achievements including third position 50m butterfly, fourth 50 free, sixth individual medley and 50m backstroke.

Both Jamie Pullinger, 10, and Luke van den Barselaar, 13, obtained enough points to secure sixth place overall in their age groups.

Jamie finished fifth in the individual medley and 50m fly, seventh in the 50m breaststroke and eighth in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, whilst Luke came second in the 50m freestyle, fourth in the 50m backstroke and seventh in the 100m individual medley.

Abigail Dare, 12, totalled 2559 BAGCAT points and came eighth in both the 50m backstroke event and 50m breaststroke and Hannah Pullinger, 13, collected 2646 BAGCAT points in her age group, including an eighth position in the 50m breaststroke.

The club looks forward to seeing more swimmers qualifying over the forthcoming year!

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