Competition reports

British Schools Biathlon Championships – London Aquatics Centre – 29th March

Fareham Nomads Swimming Club member Chris Finch clinched victory in the Under 19 Age Group of the British Schools Biathlon Championships.

Nomads swimmers Chris Finch, of Barton Peveril College, Cammy McMillan, of Kings School in Winchester, and Olivia Busher, of St Swithuns School, competed in the championships at London Aquatics Centre on March 29.

Stewart Crowe, head coach, said: “The event attracted the cream of biathletes from throughout the country with a number of the athlete’s members of the GB Modern Pentathlon team or members of the MPAGB Development Programme.”

Chris Finch was competing in the Under 19 Age Group and was one of the youngest competitors and faced extremely tough competition from athletes such as Henry Choong, whom competed for GB at the Youth Olympics for Modern Pentathlon and holds the European Pentathlon Swimming Record.

After the 1600m run the Nomads swimmer was in 8th place only 60 points behind the winner of the run, James Rustom – representing Millfield School.

A strong 200m Freestyle swim saw Finch claim 2nd place in a personal best time of 2.00.83, a small margin of 1.11 seconds behind the winner of the swim, Jamie Cunningham of Farnborough 6th Form College.

The points scored in the swim of 1292 combined with the 1094 run points gave a total of 2386 which was good enough to be the Under 19 Champion by the small margin of 12 points from James Rustom of Millfield. A total of 21 athletes participated in this age group.

Cammy McMillan, a recent new member of Fareham Nomads having joined from Winchester City Penguins, also swam a personal best time in the swim of 2.34.13 for the 200m Freestyle. She placed 29th from 31 competitors in the U/16 age group.

Competing in the U11 Girls Category Olivia Busher swam and ran well to achieve 33rd place from 121 competitors.

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.

Full results

Jo Corben
100 Back 1.07.64 (33.15, 34.49)
200 Back 2.22.80 (34.63, 35.68, 36.26, 36.34)

Tony Corben
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

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