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Chippenham ASC results – South West Regional sprints

Chippenham swimming club had 7 swimmers at the South West regional Sprints Championships held in Gloucester on Sunday (6th July).

Every swimmer competed in 5 events (50 metres breast stroke, butterfly, freestyle and back stroke and 100m individual medley.). Overall age group winners are calculated using the FINA points conversion table.

Matthew Hare (16) finished 2nd overall in his age group, finishing 1st in the 100m IM and 50m butterfly, and setting 4 personal bests in his five races.

John Branston (17 and over) got a good third in the 50 m butterfly finishing 16th overall in his age group. Andrew Hare swam 4 pbs, Peter Holden 3pbs and young Matthew Hardick swam well coming back from the injury which disrupted his regional aspirations.

Amy Hall (15) was 4th overall in her age group getting 3rd in both the 50m butterfly and freestyle. Tegan Cairns (13) swam well to record 3 pbs.

At the recent Skills Day at Burnham on Sea there were successes for Chippenham Swimmers

Skill 3 - Jess Smith
Skill 1 - Evie Garrett, Elise Lambern, Serena Jackson, Lillia Barnet

Chippenham ASC Synchro swimmers competed at Cheltenham on Saturday for the Walsall Trophy against six other Clubs from the South West. The novice duet was won by Lillia Barnett and Evie Garrett performing a routine for the first time at this event. Bethany Barnett and Zoe Bird came 3rd in the Skill 1 duet and Abbie Cross and Soraya Chesworth came 1st in the Skill 2 duet. The junior team (Courtney Matthews, Charity Sugg, Madison Lavelle, Amy Gibbons, Zoe Bird, Bethany Barnett, Serena Jackson, Elise Lambern) and the senior team (Jess Smith, Lani Attiwell, Marsha Burgess, Lauren Makepeace, Natalie Dodd, Francesca Graham, Shona Moore, Abbie Cross, Soraya Chesworth, Chloe Makepeace) both took the silver medals.

Points are awarded for the position each routine finishes in, and when the scores were finalized, Chippenham had the most points and took home the Trophy which they had last won in 2008.

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South West Regional Youth Championships – May 2014

6 swimmers from Chippenham Swimming club competed in the recent regional championships held in Plymouth (3/4/5 May)

Amy Hall swam in 7 events with a best position of 14th in the 200m butterfly. Chloe May competed in the 200m back stroke finishing 31st.

Matt Hare swam 7 events, appearing in 2 finals, finishing 5th in the 200m butterfly and 9th in the 50m fly. Hare swam 4 personal bests at the championships.

Jon Branston had pbs in all 4 events he swam and Peter Holden a pb in the 400 IM. Jack Cook swam a swift 50m free to finish 26th.

Chippenham Swimmers compete at County Age Group Championships (22/23 March)

17 Chippenham Club swimmers competed at the age group (13 and under) county championships in Swindon at the week end.

Matthew Hardick (11) cemented the age group points table victory by winning gold in all six events he swam and set a county age group best time in the 200 metres
breast stroke of 2mins 53.94 secs. Benjamin Birkett (13) won bronze and was 8th in the age group points table.

Katherine Butcher (9) took 2 bronze and Amy Gibbons (10) another. Butcher was 7th in her age group points table, Gibbons 6th and Ella Parker (10) 13th.

Chippenham competitors at the counties were Hardick, Birkett, Butcher, Gibbons, Parker, Jason Hall, Niamh Irwin, Madison Lavelle, Tegan Cairns, Ethan Garrett, Luke Brown
Leon Perry, Michaela and Katherine Sheppard, Megan Wright, Isabelle Pinguey and Joseph Newman.

Chippenham swim well at age group championships.

Chippenham swimming club had 17 swimmers competing on the first day of the Wilts age group championships on Sunday (9th March).

Matthew Hardick won 5 golds and set the Wilts age group best time in the 50 metre breast stroke. Benjamin Wilson won a bronze.

In the individual overall points competitions, Hardick leads his age group and in other age groups Katherine Butcher (9) is 5th, Amy Gibbons (10) is 6th and Michaela Sheppard (11) is 9th.

Chippenham' s competitors were Hardick, Wilson, Michaela and Katherine Sheppard, Butcher, Gibbons, Tegan Cairns, Harrison Jacomb, Joshua Dreelan, Niamh Irwin, Isabel Meakin,
Megan Wright, Jason Hall, Ben Birkett, Luke Brown, Ella Parker, Madison Lavelle and Joe Newman.

The age group championships conclude on 22/23 March at the link in Swindon.

Chippenham win more medals at Youth County Championships

Chippenham swimming club finished the Wilts Youth Championships on Saturday (8 March) winning another 11 medals.

In all Chippenham youth swimmers brought home 33 medals over the 3 days of competition. (1,2 and 8 March)

On Saturday John Branston took gold in the 50m back stroke and there were silvers for Matt Hare and Jack Cook. Cook swam 55.99 secs to finish 5th in the 100m freestyle open final.
Bronze medals were won by Peter Holden (2), Harrison Jones, Nathan Coupland and Henry Gaunt.

In the girls races Emma Holloway won a silver and Natalie Pidgeon and Amy Hall a bronze each.

In the age 14 BAGCAT points competition Andrew Hare finished 6th overall and Gaunt 8th.

In the girls BAGCAT points competition Pidgeon was 8th, Puruvi Ruparel 11th and Abby Cross 14th.

There were good performances from Cameron Perkins, Ben Holloway, James Tucker and Bryony Cairns.

Chippenham win 22 medals at Youth County Championships

Chippenham swimming club competed at the Wilts Youth Championships at the weekend (1/2 March) winning 22 medals.

Chippenham’s medal winners included Amy Hall who was junior champion at 50 m butterfly and also won a silver and bronze.
Other girls to medal were Emma Holloway (2 silvers and a bronze), and Natalie Pidgeon and Bryony Cairns who both won bronze.

For the boys, John Branston won 3 gold, Matt Hare a gold, 2 silvers and bronze, Owen Wilson gold, and Jack Cook a silver. There were
bronze medals for Peter Holden (2), Andrew Hare, Matt Cruse and Nathan Coupland.

There were good performances from Cameron Perkins, Harrison Jones, Ben Holloway, James Tucker, Puruvi Ruparel, Abby Cross and Chloe May.

The youth championships conclude on 8th March at the Link Centre, Swindon.

Chippenham currently 4th in Wiltshire Winter League with 'A' Final scheduled for The Link Centre on 29th March 2014.

County results available here:

Chippenham Swimming Club Championship 2013 - Results

Chippenham swimming club completed its 2013 Club championships at the weekend (14/15 December).

329 County qualifying times were achieved during the championships, with the highlights being Jack Cook's 50 metre freestyle in 24.95 seconds (539 FINA points) and Amy Hall in the 50m freestyle 29.14 secs. (508 FINA points)

Age group points winners were Louis Harding Smith, Katie Butcher, Joshua Dreelan, Amy Gibbons, Matthew Hardick, Michaela Sheppard, Luke Brown, Tegan Cairns, Benjamin Birkett, Katherine Sheppard, Cameron Perkins, Natalie Pidgeon, Matt Hare, Amy Hall, John Branston and Emma Holloway.

Chippenham's county qualifiers are Joshua Wilson, Isabel Meakin, Niamh Irwin, Louis Harding Smith, Katie Butcher, Leon Perry, Finley Shorland, Maddison Lavelle, Aiki Porter, Amy Gibbons, Ella Parker, Megan Wright, Joshua Dreelan, Harrison Jacomb, Joseph Newman, Benjamin Wilson, Ethan Garrett, Matthew Hardick, Emily Whitham, Michaela Sheppard, Jason Hall, Isabelle Pinguey, Tegan Cairns, Luke Brown, Katherine Sheppard, Benjamin Birkett, Abbie Cross, Amy Hall, Andrew Hare, Ben Holloway, Bryony Cairns, Cameron Perkins, Charity Moore, Chloe May, Ellis Bailey, Emma Holloway, Evgenia Burgess Omelchenko, Harrison Jones, Henry Gaunt, Jack Cook, James Tucker, John Branston, Matt Cruse, Matt Hare, Natalie Pidgeon, Nathan Coupland, Owen Wilson, Peter Holden, and Puruvi Puparel.

Chippenham swimming club held its 200m breast stroke championships on Sunday night (10th Nov) at Corsham pool.

Fastest boy on the night was Cameron Perkins (14) in 2 minutes 48.33 seconds just holding off a fast finishing James Tucker (15) who swam 2.48.64. Matthew Hardick (11) showed great form as he closes in on a national qualifying time by swimming 2.54.02. Age group winners were Joshua Dreelan, Hardick, Perkins, Tucker and Peter Holden

Best girl on the night was Amy Hall (15) in 3.00.73. Age group winners were Amy Gibbons, Tegan Cairns, Natalie Pidgeon, Hall and Emma Holloway.

58 swimmers competed across 15 heats.

Chippenham ASC Represented at the British Gas ASA National County Team Championships in Sheffield

The British Gas ASA National County Team Championships took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield on the 20th October 2013. The event is based around the 33 English Counties from the 8 ASA Regions, the 4 Administrative Districts of Scotland and 2 of Wales making a total of 39 'Counties' competing across two divisions. Individual selection for each County Team is based on National Rankings calculated after the regional competitions held earlier in the summer.

Matt Hare was the only representative from Chippenham on the Wiltshire County Team this year and competed in the Individual 100m Fly and 4x50m Medley Team (performing the 50m Fly component). Matt came 3rd in his 100m Fly heat in a time of 1min 1.09s finishing 12th in the division and 26th fastest in Great Britain for his age group on the day. His medley team finished 8th in the division in a time of 1min 55.15s and 26th fastest in Great Britain.

The event was hosted by Ross Davenport, who competed for Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and undertaken in front of over 2,000 spectators including over 1,000 of the UK's best swimmers. Selection for the 2014 Championships will take place next summer based on National Rankings at that time. Chippenham ASC looks forward to supporting the County Team again next year.

12th October - Multi Regional Competitive Competition (Gloucester), this is for swimmers that have achieved the required skill level for their age.
9/10 Age Group – 1st in South West (and 4th in Multi Region) Jess Smith
12 & under – 20th Lauren Makepeace – 26th Natalie Dodd
15/16/17 – 25th Rachael Lawrence

Jess and Rachael were competing in the TEam event for Bristol Central Jess in the 12 and under team won Gold. Rachael in the 15/16/17 team came won Silver.

South West Region Recreational Team Competition held at Plymouth

In the 12 and under section we had two teams:
A team: Lauren Makepeace, Natalie Dodd, Bethany Barnett, Lani Attiwell, Courty Matthews, Charity Sugg, Amy Gibbons, Madison Lavelle and Megan Hunt

This team came 2nd just being pipped once again by Bristol Central

B team: Alice Emerson Pink, Elise Lambern, Daisy Gough, Niamh Irwin, Niamh Pike, Bethany Price, bethany Reed, Maisie Jackman, and Lillia Barnett

This young team had a good swim and finished 5th.

In the 19 and under section we had one team which took silver medal just behind Exeter:
Shona Moore, Isobel Dodd, Marsha Burgess, Ciara Irwin, Abigail Cross, Soraya Chesworth, Francesca Graham, Chloe Makepeace.

Previous Chippenham ASC swimmer Branwen Harris is currently in Australia with the England Life Saving Team for the Commonwealth Championships, this time she is the women's captain. She was really proud to be asked. The competition is in Canberra and we have just heard that the 4x50 "Obs" relay team, of which Branwen is a member, set a British and Commonwealth record when winning gold! Beating the Australians on their home turf must have been really hard. Well done from the whole club Branwen.

Chippenham Swimmers at the South West Region Sprint Championships - 7 July 2013

Chippenham Swimming Club had 9 swimmers competing at the South West Region Sprint Championships on Sunday (7th July) at Gloucester.

Chippenham's age group medalists were Matthew Hardick (11) bronze in the 100 metres Individual Medley in 1 minute 18.09 secs, James Tucker (15) silver in the 50 metres breast stroke in 33.55 secs, and Matt Hare bronze in the 50m butter fly in 29.18 secs. Overall Chippenham's 9 swimmers posted 28 personal bests!

Chippenham sprints squad were: Hardick, Tucker, Hare, Andrew Hare, Cameron Perkins, Peter Holden, John Branston, Joe Bailey and Tegan Cairns.

Warwickshire Open Championships – Walsall 6th July
12 and Under -
4th Figures – Jess Smith
4th Solo      - Jess Smith
4th Duet     - Jess Smith & Rhian Mackintosh
South West Novice Figure Competition - Cheltenham 29th June
No Skill level
9/10 Age Group - 1st Amy Gibbons
9 yrs Age Group - 4th Niamh Irwin
Skill 1
13/14 Age Group - 1st Abbie Cross
Skill 2
13/14 Age Group - 2nd Ciara Irwin
15-19 Age Group - 2nd in 15 yr age group Marsha Burgess Omelchenko
Reading Novice – 8th June
Skill 2
12 and Under – 2nd Jess Smith
13-19 Age Group – 1st Marsha Burgess Omelchenko
Skill 1
13-19 Age Group – 2nd Abigail Cross
No Skill Level 8-10 yrs – 2nd Amy Gibbons
8-10 yrs team – Silver medal – Niamh Irwin, Madison Lavelle, Bethany Reid, Amy Gibbons, Yasmin Kelly, Liliana Barnett, Alice Emerson Pink, Elise Lambern, Daisy Gough, Maisie Jackman, and Reserves Bethany Price, Cara Wilkinson,
9-12 years Team – 4th position – Jess Smith, Rhian Mackintosh, Lauren Makepeace, Lani Attiwell, Bethany Barnett, Courtney Matthews, Charity Sugg, and Natalie Dodd (did not swim).
13-19 years old Team – Silver medal – Shona Moore, Isobel Dodd, Marsha Burgess, Ciara Irwin, Francesca Graham, Chloe Makepeace, Soraya Chesworth and Abigail Cross.

Chippenham Swimming Club results Summer League Rd 3 – June 29th 2013

Chippenham Swimming Club were 3rd in Division 1 of the Summer League on Saturday night (29th June) in Calne

Chippenham broke through the 100 point barrier for the first time this summer taking 6 first places and 12 second places out of 50 events. Chippenham’s winners included Matthew Hardick in U12 50 metres butterfly and breast stroke, Matt Hare in the 100 m butterfly, Jack Cook in the over 18 100m freestyle and the U12 boys squad of Hardick, Josh Dreelan, Ethan Garrett, Harrison Jacomb and Jason Hall in both the freestyle and medley relay.

Team scores were Bradford on Avon 147, Trowbridge 145, , Chippenham 105, Swindon Dolphins 103

Chippenham’s squad were: Matthew Hardick, Harrison Jacomb, Josh Dreelan, Jason Hall, Ethan Garrett, Luke Brown, Andrew Hare, Ben Birkett, Matt Hare, Henry Gaunt, James Tucker, Ellis Bailey, Peter Holden, John Branston, Joe Bailey, Matt Cruse, Jack Cook, Michaela Sheppard, Ella Parker, Isabelle Pinguey, Amy Gibbons, Rachel Hare, Abbie Cross, Leona Lovegrove, Natalie Pidgeon, Tegan Cairns, Katherine Sheppard, Amy Hall, Chloe May, Bryony Cairns, Puruvi Ruparel, Harriet Olgivie and Emma Holloway

Chippenham results from the SW Regional Age Group Championships part 2 (8/9 June June)

Chippenham Swimming Club’s Matthew Hardick (10) won silver and bronze medals at the South West Region Age Group Championships at the weekend (8th & 9th June 2013). Hardick swam personal bests to win silver in the 200 metres breast stroke in 3 minutes 3.39 seconds and bronze in the 200 metres butterfly in 2.54.49. Hardick also came 7th in the 100m butterfly. In all Hardick came away from the 2 weekends of competition with a silver and 3 bronze medals.

Also competing at the weekend was Andrew Hare (13) who came 14th in the 200m butterfly.

Chippenham Swimming Clubs Presentation Night

Lady Mayor Sylvia Gibson presented the awards at Chippenham Swimming Club awards night on Friday (17th Jan).

The event celebrated the Club's success in 2013 and trophies were presented to winners of Club championship races. Some of the trophies date from the 1930's, each new addition adding to Chippenham's long and successful history

Highlight of the night was the presentation of the ASA Volunteer Coach of the Year Award (South West Region) to Nigel Butler.
Butler has been Head Coach for more than 10 years and this award recognised the amount of work Butler puts into ensure the Club continues its success in the pool.

In 2013 the Club once again achieved medal success at County and Regional level, and continued to compete successfully in the Wilts Winter and Summer leagues. At national level Matt Hare competed for Wilts in the National County Championships

In 2013 the Club joined the ASA Young Volunteer scheme to support swimmers in obtaining experience and qualifications to stay in swimming as coaches, teachers or officials. The young volunteers attend courses and work poolside with coaches and teachers, helping younger swimmers continue the clubs success.

The Club also continues to actively support the Wilts Disability Swimming Squad which meets monthly in Devizes.

The Club welcomes new swimmers and volunteers, more information can be found at


Chippenham ASC results at the South West Age Group Championships, Millfield (1st - 2nd June 2013)

Chippenham ASC’s Matthew Hardick won 2 bronze medals at the South West Region Age Group Championships at the weekend (1 – 2 June).

On Saturday Hardick took bronze in the 400 metres individual medley (IM) taking a massive 19 seconds off his personal best to record a time of 5 minutes 50.48 secs. On Sunday Hardick was back to take bronze in the 100m breast stroke in 1.26.45 and was 5th in the 200m IM. Hardick splits his training time between Chippenham ASC and the Aqua Sulis Performance Swimming Club based at Bath University. ASPSC is part of the network club structure supported by the ASA to improve British swimming.

On Sunday Tegan Cairns (12) swam a pb 5.58 in the 400IM and also competed in the 100m backstroke. Cameron Perkins and James Tucker both 14, competed in the 100m breast stroke.

The Age group championships concludes at Milllfield next weekend (8/9 June)


Congratulations to Chippenham Synchro swimmers who competed on the 18th May at Cheltenham for the Walsall Trophy. Seven Clubs from across the South West of England competed in six categories.

This competition is made up of two Team Routines and four Duet routines.

It was a very exciting competition with Chippenham winning both the team routine competitions and coming second in three of the duet sections. This gave us 36 points but Exeter just pipped us with 37.

Congratulations to Rachael Lawrence for passing her Skill 4 at Portsmouth on the 19th May.

Congratulations to Marian Mackintosh and Tamsyn Attiwell for passing their National Scorers exam.