ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 2
Fareham Nomads Swimming Club continued their excellent start of the season with one of the best performances from the squad.
The Club, which is sponsored by Metis Homes, competed against teams from Amersham, Tigers of Jersey, Portsmouth Northsea ‘B’ Team, Didcot Barramundi and Alton & District on Saturday 14 November.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said: “Fareham Nomads swam a total of 22 individual personal best times from a total of 34 events.
“This was one of the best performances from the team in a long time and places us in the top six teams in the Arena League Division One West Gala going into the final round on Saturday 12 December.
“It was particularly great to see the Club come together to support those swimming not only from teammates on the poolside but from family and friends in a sea of red on the balcony too - both making a lot of noise to cheer the Nomads on.”
Of the 50 events the Nomads won 14 events, six of these coming from the men’s open age Group of Matthew Riley, Clive Marquis, Chris Finch, John Molyneaux, Michael Andrews and Jamie O’Donnell.
Chris Finch set the squad up with a win in the 200m Individual Medley with a personal best time of 2.09.61. It was not until event 18 that the second individual win was gained, this time by Jamie O’Donnell in the 100m Butterfly in a time of 57.60. He followed this up with a lifetime best in the 100m Breaststroke recording figures of 1.03.42.
Stewart added: “At the halfway stage of the gala Amersham had a commanding lead of 27 points over second place Tigers with Nomads only four points adrift of the Jersey club.
“Another six points came from Assistant Coach John Molyneaux in the 100m Backstroke (58.77) which narrowed the gap. Further wins from the open age group men came in the two relay events.”
On a night when there were many outstanding swims, the more notable came from Daisy Ireland with double success in the 13/Under 100m Butterfly (1.11.61) a massive improvement for her of four seconds. She also gained a personal best in the 100m Freestyle gaining another six points in a time of 1.04.40.
Another double victory was supplied from 18 Year old Jessica Davies who swam up to her best gaining victories in the ladies open 100m Backstroke (1.03.39) and the 100m Freestyle (58.88).
Final top places came from Matthew Sullivan 13/U 100m Backstroke (1.10.34 PB), James Baxter 13/Under 100m Freestyle (1.00.96 PB). Both Matthew and James teamed up with Oliver Bulpett and Joe Davies to secure top places in the Medley and Freestyle relay events.
Valuable second places came from Ellen Jewell (2) 11/U 50m Backstroke and Butterfly, Chris Finch 100m Freestyle 52.67 (Personal Best time).
Final Points & Positions:
Amersham S.C. 235.00 1st
Tigers S.C. 184.00 2nd
Fareham Nomads S.C. 182.00 3rd
Portsmouth Northsea S.C. ‘B’ 155.00 4th
Alton S.C. 150.00 5th
Didcot Barramundi S.C. 139.00 6th
Hants & South Coast Minor League
Fareham Nomads A swimming team dominated the second round of the Minor League on Saturday 8th November.
Fareham Nomads A & B Teams and Winchester City Penguins B Team were the only teams competing as Farnham and Hamble Aquatics could not field teams so did not compete. The A team won 36 events out of the 53 event gala. There were three individual wins for the B Team from Anna Ross U/15 50m Backstroke & Breaststroke, Alex Finch U/15 50m Breaststroke. The B Team also achieved 11 second places behind the A Team and ahead of Winchester City Penguins B Team.
Head coach Stewart Crowe commented: "In a gala such as this, it was probably the performance in terms of times that was more important than the final result. To this end the Nomads Swimmers swam to a total of 68 personal best times."
Regional Short Course Championships
Fareham Nomads swimmers Jessica Davies and Chris Finch competed at the Regional Short Course Championships held at the Mountbatten Centre over the weekend of 7th/8th November.
Between them they contested 15 events over the two days and put in some credible displays at this early stage of the swimming year. Eighteen year old Chris swam in nine events, gaining four personal best times in the 100m Freestyle 53.58, 100m Individual Medley 1.00.59, 200 Freestyle 1.56.14 and 200m Backstroke 2.09.04. In his other five events he swam up to his best times.
Fellow team mate Jess Davies also swam well, her best performance coming in the 200 Freestyle in which she set new figures of 2.08.46 for the 200m Freestyle.
Dan Alberts now at University achieved personal best times in the 200m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke.
Fareham Nomads Masters swimmers Jo Corben, Tony Corben and Claire Tagg competed at the 2015 Short Course Masters Championships at Sheffield over the weekend of 23rd-25th October. The most impressive results were achieved by 45 year old Jo, competing in 6 events her collection of records and times were impressive by any standards.
200 IM 1st 2.35.02 British Record
50m Back 1st 31.99 British Record
100m Ind Med 1st 1.11.99
200m Back 1st 2.23.66
400 IM 1st 5.27.24 British Record
100m Back 1st 1.07.27 British and European Records
Tony Corben also recently returned to swimming with Fareham Nomads also had a good weekend competing in just four events swam the fastest times he has achieved in many years:
200 Free 10th 2.24.71
200 Fly 8th 2.45.83
400 Free 14th 5.19.00
100m Butterfly 12th 1.14.62
Claire Tagg – another ex Age Group swimmer with the club also set good marks for the 100m Ind Med 1.24.65 15th and 200m Breast 3.15.16 6th.
Arena League Round 1
The club had a speedy start to the first round of the 2015 Arena League.
Competing against teams from Maxwell, Alton & District, Newbury, Littlehampton and newly promoted to Division 1 East, Chalfont Otters.
For the first time ever in this league the team were sponsored by Metis Homes of Winchester. Not only were the swimmers keen to improve on last years mid table position of 10th but were also very keen to impress their sponsor, Metis Homes.
Stewart Crowe, head coach at FNSC, said: “Many of the team were competing at this level of competition for the first time; however it was the experience of the senior swimmers that dominated for the Fareham Nomads.
“A clean sweep of seven wins from their events was very impressive and does not occur that often in events of this type. “
Chris Finch and Jamie O’Donnell led the way with a double wins in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle recording times of 2.13.87 and 53.86 respectively.
O’Donnell doubled up in the 100m Butterfly in 56.96 and dominated the 100m Breaststroke recording figures of 1.04.51.
Assistant Coach John Molyneaux chipped in with the final win in the 100m Backstroke in a time of 59.98. They were joined in the relays by Matthew Riley, Clive Marquis and returning to this league since first competing in it some 20 years ago; Will Felgate.
More double success was achieved by 18 year old Jessica Davies winning both the 100m Backstroke and Freestyle events in times of 1.03.05 and 59.33.
Stewart added: “At the halfway point of a very close and exciting gala the Nomads were in second place, 14 points behind Maxwell but only one point ahead of newly promoted Chalfont Otters and a further four points ahead of Newbury.”
The only other individual winner for the Club was Daisy Ireland in the 100m Butterfly. More relay success came from the Ladies Open 6 x 50m freestyle relay squad of Jess Davies, Noemie Peignon, Xanthe West, Laura Molyneaux, Alice Moyse and Isabella Talbot.
Adding to the points tally with second place finishes were Alex Finch, Ellen Jewell, Matthew Sullivan and Edward Hollands.
Round two will be held on the 14th November, preparation should start now; that includes all swimmers maximising attendance at training – don’t forget the early morning sessions!
Final Points & Positions:
Maxwell S.C. 207.00 1st
Fareham Nomads S.C. 200.00 2nd
Chalfont Otters S.C. 192.00 3rd
Newbury S.C. 179.00 4th
Alton S.C. 145.00 5th
Littlehampton S.C. 129.00 6th
The club championships drew a large entry from the members their ages ranging from 7 years to 53 years, competing across all events from 25m Freestyle through to 1500m Freestyle. This competition was held earlier than normal to allow swimmers to gain qualification for the 2016 County championships which will be held in January, a full two months earlier than in previous years.
In many respects this was one of the most successful championships held for many years with swimmers amassing a total of 922 swims gaining 657 personal best times and most importantly achieving 179 qualifying times. This is great credit to the swimmers and the coaching staff at the club, gaining so much so early in the season.
HAMPSHIRE JUNIOR CUP
The younger members showed their winning ways in the Junior Cup which was held on Saturday 3rd of October with the A team competing at Basingstoke against teams for Andover, Winchester, Chichester and Wey Valley. From the start the Nomads dominated the 51 event gala winning 21 of the individual events together with 10 relay wins from 17. Added to this were 5 individual 2nd places and 1 runners up slot in the relay events.
There were double wins from Maddie Thompson, Joe Davies, Ellen Jewell, Daisy Ireland and James Baxter. These were very well supported with single wins from Hannah Cooper, Olivia Busher, Ben King, Emily Blake, George Lambert, Holly Blake, Anna Ross, Oliver Bulpett, Ryan Ireland, Evie Rowsell, Thomas Dickson and Matthew Sullivan.
Between them the swimmers gained 39 personal best times.
Final Points and Places: Fareham Nomads ‘A’ 201 – 1st; Winchester City Penguins ‘B’ Team 183 – 2nd; Chichester S.C 133 – 3rd; Andover S.C 122 – 4th; Wey Valley S.C. 112 – 5th.
A young and largely inexperienced B Team represented the club at Fareham Leisure centre, many of the team were competing in their first ever gala and they did the club proud competing against arguably more experienced swimmers from Eastleigh Fleming Park, Romsey & Totton, Bognor and Gosport Dolphins.
There was a double win for Francis Moore in the U/11 50m Breaststroke and U/12 50m Backstroke. Other individual winners were Ethan Childs U/14 100m Butterfly, Haydn Clinton U/13 50m Backstroke.
The team amassed a total of 72 personal best times from the individual and relay events.
Final Points and Places: Eastleigh Fleming Park ‘A’ 212 – 1st; Fareham Nomads ‘B’ 185 – 2nd; Romsey & Totton ‘A’ 138 – 3rd; Bognor ‘A’ 107 – 4th; Gosport Dolphins ‘A’ 104 – 5th.
REGIONAL MASTERS & SENIOR AGE GROUP SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
These annual championships were held at the Spectrum Centre on Saturday 3rd October and attracted a large entry from throughout the South East of England. Only 4 members from Fareham made the journey to this early season event, but the four did not disappoint returning home with 13 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. This was nicely rounded off with 9 Championship Best Performances and 8 personal best times.
Jess Davies competing in her first Senior Age group (18-24 years) competition led the way with 6 gold medals, 4 best performances and 4 personal best times. She achieved this success from:
50m Backstroke 29.76 1st PB Best Performance
50m Butterfly 30.88 1st PB
100m Backstroke 1.04.22 1st Best Performance
50m Freestyle 27.57 1st PB
200m Backstroke 2.17.57 1st PB Best Performance
100m Freestyle 1.00.20 1st Best Performance
The most be-medalled and experienced member of the club, Joanna Corben (45-49 yrs) did not disappoint with her success coming from:
50m Backstroke 33.78 1st Best Performance
100m IM 1.14.39 1st PB Best Performance
100m Backstroke 1.08.81 1st Best Performance
200m IM 2.38.64 1st Best Performance
200m Backstroke 2.27.21 1st Best Performance
Tony Corben (50-54 yrs) and Claire Tagg (45-49 yrs) also competed, both gaining success from their events, both winning 1 gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals respectively.
Tony achieved the following:
200m Freestyle 2.30.99 3rd
200m Butterfly 2.57.69 1st PB
100m Butterfly 1.19.27 3rd
200m Backstroke 2.56.04 2nd PB
With Claire making the times below:
200m Breaststroke 3.22.67 2nd
100 Ind Med 1.27.73 3rd
50m Breaststroke 44.15 3rd PB
100m Breaststroke 1.35.19 1st
JAMES MORENO OPEN MEET
The final event in which members competed over this period of early season competition was the James Moreno Open Meet, hosted by City of Southampton Swimming Club. The event attracted 20 plus clubs from the South of England.
27 members entered and between them contested in 102 races. Although the level of personal best performances was quite low the squad performed well competing up to the level achieved at the recent club championships.
Medal winners were Chris Finch 4 Gold, 2 Silver; Jess Davies 3 Gold, Ellen Jewell 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze; Joe Davies 1 Bronze.