Tough level commpetition

PUBLISHED: 18:14 13 January 2011

Chard swimmer Abi Dare

Chard swimmer Abi Dare


Elisha Hawkins, 11, Tessa Down 13, Abigail Dare, 13, Daniel Walker 13, Jodie Hake, 14, Jake Hallam, 14, Luke van den Barselaar, 15 and Madeline Ryder 15, represented Somerset Cheetas Swim Squad at the Plymouth Leander Level 1 Long Course Open Meet at Millfield Pool, Street.

Sixty two other swimming clubs throughout England, Wales and the Channel Islands travelled to Millfield under extreme weather conditions of severe snow and ice to compete at this very tough Level 1 competition.

Jake Hallam again improved on the 14 years and under club record in the 50m butterfly to a time of 27.34 which was also a South West Regional Qualifying time.

He came fourth in 13/14 years age group 100m butterfly in a SWRQT of 1.01.92 finishing fifth in the 14 years and under 100m butterfly final. He was fourth in the 13/14 years age group for 200m I/M grabbing silver podium in the 14 years and under 200m I/M final with a SWRQT of 2-20.89. He came sixth in the 13/14 years age group for 100m breaststroke with a SW regional consideration time of 1-16.22 and in the 200m freestyle he secured a SWRCT of 2-07.69.

Luke van den Barselaar achieved a SWRQT in the 100m backstroke 1-06.39 and was seventh in the 200m backstroke for the 15/16 years age group with a SWRCT of 2-26.16 and also in the 50m freestyle (26.61).

Abigail Dare secured a SWRQT of 33.27 in the 50m backstroke and was seventh in the 13 years age group for 200m I/M achieving a SWRCT of 2-41.99.

This was a very successful weekend for all who represented the Somerset Cheetas Swim Squad.

They now look forward to competing at the Exeter Level 1 Meet at Cardiff International Pool on January 22/23, along with many other swimmers from Chard and District Swimming Club who qualify to compete at this level.

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