Fareham Nomads were on top form to place third in the latest National Arena Swimming League competition.
The team of 35 swimmers raced in the Division One South gala at Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead on Saturday 12 November against Maidenhead Marlins, Alton and District, Kingston Royals, Wycombe District B and Newbury.
Head coach John Molyneaux said: "It was fantastic to see such great team spirit, with swimmers supporting each other and cheering each other on.
"There were 12 individual personal best times and six first place finishes which was fantastic to see.
"To come third is a pleasing result going into the third round on December 10."
The girls 11 years and under 4x50m Freestyle Relay (Madeline Smith, Amelia Boyes, Emily Blake, Ellen Jewell), girls 11 years and under 4x50m Medley Relay (Emily Blake, Madeline Smith, Ellen Jewell, Amelia Boyes), Hannah Cooper, Joe Davies and Ellen Jewell, who won two of her events, raced hard to win their races.
Fareham Nomads finished with 176 points to place third behind Maidenhead Marlins and Wycombe District B.
Nomads astonish at short course nationals
Four Fareham Nomads swimmers pulled out all the stops at the ASA National Masters Championships – claiming three gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals between them.
Jo Corben, Noemie Peignon, Andy Green and Phil Disley took to the water at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, in Sheffield, between October 28–31.
Corben dominated the meet by achieving three gold medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke and 200 IM, as well as a silver medal in the 200 freestyle in the 45–49 years age group. Her time of 2.20.17 in the 200m backstroke set an impressive new British and European record.
Corben said: ‘I am delighted with my 200m backstroke time which broke both the British and European records and is the second fastest time ever for this age group. ‘I am looking forward to the next years training in preparation for the World Masters Championships in Budapest next August.’
Peignon was also on fine form in the 30–34 years age group to achieve two lifetime best times in the 50m butterfly, gaining a silver in 30.16, and a bronze in the 100m butterfly in 1.06.87. She also took to the podium in a bronze medal position after swimming 200m butterfly in 2.35.05, as well as achieving seventh in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1.01.89 at the short course meet.
Peignon said: ‘I am over the moon to have beaten two all time personal best times I achieved 14 years ago. It shows that age doesn’t matter. It’s inspiring to see what my team mates are able to achieve which always gives that extra bit of motivation before a race’.
It was Disley and Green’s first time competing at this level meet and they did not disappoint.
Green, who swam in the 45–49 age group category, set all lifetime best times in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle event.
Disley also achieved top 25 finishes for all his swims while competing in the 50–54 age for 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.
All four swimmers also competed in the mixed medley relay team where they achieved fifth in a time of 2.04.66.
Head coach John Molyneaux said: ‘They are a hardworking bunch so these results are a credit to their passion and determination.
‘With nine months to go until the World Masters Championships there is a lot more hard work and training to come so it’s fantastic to see them swimming so well this early in the season’.
Fareham Nomads swimmers dive in the right direction
Fareham Nomads swimmers were on fine form to achieve 23 best times from 46 events at Rushmoor Royals Autumn Meet.
The team of 11 youngsters travelled to Aldershot for the competition where they won four medals.
John Molyneaux, head coach at the club, said: "It was great to see the team make an improvement so soon in the season.
"It bodes well for the rest of the swimming year, where there will be numerous more opportunities to compete against others in the region.”
James Baxter achieved one silver and one bronze medal, while teammates Clive Marquis accomplished one silver and Aiden Phillips one bronze medal
Fareham Nomads win medal haul at South East Region Masters Championships
Fareham Nomads were masterful at the South East Region Swimming Championships - winning 11 gold, seven silver and six bronze medals.
Members of Fareham Nomads Masters Squad competed at Guildford Spectrum Leisure Complex on Saturday 1 October.
Head coach John Molyneaux said: ‘The squad was masterful at the event on Saturday and performed outstandingly for this early on in the season.
'The team had numerous personal best times and returned with 24 medals in total.
‘It was great to see swimmers competing at their first competition since returning to competitive swimming as an adult, as well as our more experienced competitors. It was a fantastic team atmosphere.'
Noémie Peignon broke the South East Region masters record in the 30–34 age group to claim gold in the 200fly in a time of 2.34.72. Peignon also won gold in the 100IM and 50fly, and silver in the 100fly.
Joanna Corben continued her success to take gold medals in the 200 freestyle, and 100 and 200 backstroke, in the 45–49 age group.
Andy Green, Claire Tagg, Gemma Knipe, Wendy Wyeth, Helen Andrews, Rachel Matthews and Laura Molyneaux also won medals at the event.
Molyneaux added: 'Many of this team will be competing at the National Masters Short Course Championships in Sheffield later this month where they hope to return with silverware.'
Junior Cup lifted by Fareham Nomads again after nine years
Fareham Nomads youngsters were jumping for joy after lifting the Junior Cup for the first time since 2007.
Members of Fareham Nomads A team competed at Fareham Leisure Centre on Saturday 1 October against Winchester City Penguins, Elmbridge Phoenix, Eastleigh and Fareham Nomads B teams.
Head coach John Molyneaux said: ‘It was great to see Fareham Nomads dominating the gala and lifting the trophy again after nine years.
‘Our swimmers had a total of 62 personal best times, with 32 coming from the Fareham Nomads A team and 30 from the Fareham Nomads B team.
‘The atmosphere was electric with both teams competing. It was great for our younger swimmers to step up and race especially as for many it was their first competition.’
Individual race winners included Hannah Cooper, George Lambert, Olivia Busher, Harvey Spoor, Georgia Kennedy, Ryan Ireland, Amelia Boyes, Charlie Holyer, Tom Dickson, Emily Blake and Joe Davies.
Fareham Nomads A team scored 265 points, 19 points ahead of nearest rival Elmbridge Phoenix, while Fareham Nomads B team came fifth with 117 points.
Molyneaux added: ‘This result was a great way to kick off the season and I look forward to seeing what the season ahead brings.’