Hampshire County Championships – Closing Weekend
Fareham Nomads swimmers excelled at the final weekend of the Hampshire County Championships – finishing the meet with an impressive tally of 91 personal best times in 136 swims.
Arthur Morley competed in the Disability Events and continued his recent good progress winning gold in the 400m Freestyle and five silver medals in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Butterfly and 50 Freestyle. All times with the exception of the 50m Freestyle were personal best times. The best of these being the 400m Freestyle in which he improved his Long Course time by some 11 seconds.
The Open 4x100m Individual Medley men’s team, consisting of John Molyneaux, Jamie O’Donnell, Dan Cameron and Chris Finch, picked up a podium finish by placing third.
Jo Corben, 44, impressed and showed that age is no barrier to success with fine displays in the 100m and 200m Backstroke, her time in the latter being just shy of the World Masters Record by just 0.06 seconds.
Stewart Crowe, head coach at Fareham Nomads Swimming Club, said: “The overall results achieved by this group of swimmers surpassed the expectations of the coaching staff and was a vast improvement upon last year’s Championships.
“Improvement based upon the number of personal best times was impressive with a total of 91 best times from the 136 swims.”
Ladies Fareham Nomads Masters Team, Jo Corben, Claire Tagg, Noemie Peignon and Laura Molyneaux, received a lot of positive comments from many spectators and officials as they place 10th in the 4x100 Medley Relay and 14th in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay. The team’s average age was 36 years.
Top eight finishes were gained by the following swimmers:
Jess Davies 50 Back 4th, 100m Back 4th, 50 F/C 5th, 200 Back 7th
Chris Finch 400 F/C 7th. He also made the finals of the 100 F/C, 100m Back and 200m Back but elected not to swim these.
John Molyneaux 100m and 50m Back 4th
Jo Corben 200m Back 8th, 100m Back 7th
Dan Cameron 50 Fly 5th, 100 Fly 6th
Tom Mills 50m Back 4th, 50m Free 7th
Seb Williams 50m F/C 8th
Bracknell Masters Open Meet: A smashing time for the Corbens
We only had two of our Masters Squad entering this competition that attracted swimmers from all over the country. It was obviously well worth both Jo and Tony Corben entering because they each smashed their entry times in all their events. To cap a great day the times achieved by Jo in her 200m and 100m backstroke races were faster than the European records. Well done Jo.
100 Back 1.07.64 (33.15, 34.49)
200 Back 2.22.80 (34.63, 35.68, 36.26, 36.34)
200 Free 2.30.27 (33.77, 38.43, 39.15, 38.68) 3rd
100 Fly 1.17.91 (34.66, 43.25) 1st
50 Fly 32.88 2nd
Southampton Open Meet 8th February
A strong squad of swimmers from Fareham Nomads racked up 45 personal times in 90 swims on Sunday at the City of Southampton Open Meet, which was the last chance to qualify for the County Championships next month.
Stewart Crowe, head coach at Fareham Nomads, said: “There was a total of 45 personal best times in 90 swims, which after the recent performances of many of the swimmers was another pleasing statistic for the swimmers and coaching staff.”
The Open Meet attracted some 20 Clubs from across the South East of England so it was expected that were would be a high level of competition for all swimmers.
The final tally for the Nomads swimmers was an impressive 10 Gold, seven Silver and four Bronze.
The medal tally was gained from swimmers across all the age groups from 10-year-old Ellen Jewell to the eldest Jamie O’Donnell.
The elder swimmers led by example with them claiming 16 of the 24 medals won. Of these Jessica Davies won Gold on the 100 Freestyle, 100m Back, 50 Freestyle and 50 Back. She added Silver for the 200 Freestyle and a Bronze in the 50 Butterfly. Jamie O’Donnell was a triple gold medallist with fine swims in the 100 Fly, 50 Freestyle and 200 Individual Medley. Chris Finch doubled in the 100 and 200 metre freestyle events. Of the elder swimmers Dan Cameron won Gold in the 50m Backstroke, Silver for the 50 and 100m Butterfly and Bronze in the 100m Backstroke.
The final gold medals went to Alex Finch with a double in the 50 and 100m Breaststroke events.
Top of the younger swimmers was Ellen Jewell who claimed two Silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke with Bronze in the 100 Freestyle.
Other medal winners for the club were Maddie Thompson Silver 100m Backstroke, Aiden Phillips Silver 100m Backstroke, Beatrice Hollands Bronze 100m Backstroke and Evie Rowsell Bronze 50m Backstroke.
Regional Disability Gala 7th February
At the Disability Swimming Event held at the Quays on Sat 7th February Teenager Arthur Morley continues his recent improvement with good swims in the 50m Breaststroke 42.80, 100m Individual Medley 1.19.00 – PB; 100m Freestyle 1.08.04, 100m Breaststroke 1.33.29 –PB; and 50 m Freestyle 30.77.