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SWIMMING: Chard make flying start to Arena league
12:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
CHARD Swimming Club finished second in round 1 of the Western Division Arena Swimming League in Bristol, writes Hannah Pullinger.
Chard, represented by 33 swimmers, fought a close duel with rivals Torfaen Dolphins, gaining an outstanding 40 top three positions in the 50. Those included no less that 12 wins.
The performance enabled them to finish a clear second, 36 points clear of the rest of the field – an excellent result on their first appearance in Division 2 following promotion.
Individual top three places went to – Open: Luke van den Barselaar 17, 3rd in the Boys 100m Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle; Hannah Pullinger 17, 3rd in the Girls 100m Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle; Jake Hallam 17, 1st in the Boys 100m Butterfly and 2nd 100m Breaststroke; Ben Fowler 17, 2nd in the Boys 100m Backstroke; Tessa Down 16, 1st in the Girls 100m Breaststroke and 3rd in 100m Butterfly; Melissa Hanson 15, 1st in the Girls 100m Backstroke.
15/Under: Florence Swan 14, 2nd 100m Butterfly; Hope Horsfield 2nd Girls 100m Freestyle; Oliver Bilbie 15, 1st in the 100m Backstroke and 2nd 100m Freestyle; Jamie Pullinger 15, 3rd 100m Breaststroke; Iain Ross 14, 3rd 100m Butterfly.
13/Under: Bea Brett 13, 1st 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke; Henry Taswell 12, 1st 50m Backstroke and 2nd 50m Butterfly.
11/Under: Daisy Brett 11, 3rd 50m Backstroke; Xanthe Dyer 11, 1st 50m Breaststroke and 3rd 50m Butterfly; Joss Copeman 11, 2nd 50m Freestyle and 3rd 50m Butterfly; Louis Rood 10, 3rd 50m Backstroke; Baylei Callow 11, 1st 50m Freestyle.
The relay teams also produced some determined swimming with 13 top three positions including two first places going to the Girls Open Medley team of Melissa Hanson, Tessa Down, Lauren Harrison and Hannah Pullinger, and the Girls 11/Under Medley team of Daisy Brett, Megan Herbert, Xanthe Dyer and Baylei Callow.
Full Team: Girls: Hannah Pullinger, Tessa Down, Melissa Hanson, Lauren Harrison, Susan Ross, Hope Horsfield, Flo Swan, Ella Harvey, Jess Fowler, Somer Horsfield, Bea Brett, Grace Haskins, Xanthe Dyer, Megan Herbert, Daisy Brett, Baylei Callow.
Boys: Luke van den Barselaar, Jake Hallam, Ben Fowler, Joe Spurway, Oli Bilbie, Jamie Pullinger, Lewis Pearson, Iain Ross, Ben Greenslade, Henry Taswell, Leo Kindred, Simon Davis, Joss Copeman, Oliver Bright, Michael Moulding, Louis Rood and Jimmy Brett.
Chard are now hoping for another strong performance in the second round next month. To find out more about Chard Swimming Club visit our web-site at www.chardswimming.org.uk The club holds sessions for age 5/6 years upwards at pools in Chard, Axminster, Crewkerne as well as long course training at Millfield School.