Fareham Nomads had a speedy start to the season by placing second in the first round of the National Arena Swimming League gala - by just two points.
A determined team of Fareham Nomads swimmers raced Bracknell and Wokingham A team, Walkers Tigers, Alton and District, Guildford City C team, and Bracknell and Wokingham B team in the Division One West competition on Saturday 8 October at Bracknell Leisure Centre.
Head coach John Molyneaux said: ‘Fareham Nomads raced for every single point, with swimmers fighting for every position. This was reflected by the fact the swimmers produced 39 personal best times at the gala, which is very pleasing.
‘Although we came second behind Bracknell and Wokingham A team, it was the fight against Walker Tigers which was tight, as we finished just ahead of them by two points.
‘I am proud of our team who raced hard. They were supported by swimmers and parents on poolside who cheered the loudest.’
Christopher Finch, Amelia Boyes, Ryan Ireland, Hannah Cooper, Joe Davies, Izzy Talbot, Ellen Jewell, Charlie Hoyler, Jessica Davies and James Baxter all won their individual races to score Fareham Nomads maximum points.
Molyneaux added: ‘We are looking forward to racing again in round two which will be held on November 12.’
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.’