Isle of Wight Masters
Two Fareham Nomads masters swimmers made a splash by claiming seven gold, six silver and one bronze medal at the Isle of Wight Masters Open Meet.
Jacqui King was in great form winning 6 Gold in the 50m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m & 25m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle and Silver in the 25m Freestyle.
Paul’s Rowan only Gold came in the 50m Backstroke, his 5 Silver medals came in the 100m Individual Medley, 100m Backstroke, 25m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and 25m Freestyle. His only Bronze was for the 50m Freestyle.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said “Overall a great set of results from the pair of masters swimmers who only train with the club for two sessions per week.
“The Fareham Nomads Masters squad is a fast improving group of swimmers and has room for more to join those that wish to compete, swim for Triathlon events or just to improve their water skills and level of fitness.”
Hampshire County Championships - 30th & 31st January 2016
Fareham Nomads swimmers impressed for a second weekend at the Hampshire County Championships.
Swimmers aged 14 and under from Fareham Nomads took to the pool for the second weekend in a row.
Fareham Nomads, which is sponsored by Metis Homes, had a total of 138 swims and have gained 94 personal best times.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said: “The performance by Fareham Nomads was excelled by any ones standards.
“For the second weekend it was 11-year old Ellen Jewell that led the way for the Fareham swimmers who claimed a further three Gold medals with a clean sweep in the Butterfly events (200m, 100m and 50m). All her times in these three events were personal bests. This Gold success was backed up with 7 Silver medals in the 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle; 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke. Her last medal came in the 200m Individual Medley. Over the two weekends of competition she had a total of 20 races, making her the busiest of the clubs’ swimmers.”
The only other swimmer to win Gold was Oliver Bulpett who by his standards had a below par weekend, but made up for this disappointment by clinching the top spot in the 200m Breaststroke improving his best time to 2.51.87, a three second improvement.
James Baxter continued his good form with Silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and the shorter 50m event. More medal performances came with him winning 4 Bronze medals in the 50m Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly; his final podium place came in the 100m Backstroke.
Stewart added: “Arguably the most improved swimmer in the club, Matthew Sullivan continued to set new figures for all of the events he competed in, most pleasing of this that all his final swims were faster than his heat swims – something that all coaches aim for their charges to achieve.”
He added to his medal haul from weekend 1 with 4 Silver medals and 1 Bronze in the 200m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley respectively. More than the medals it was the margin of improvement that pleased Head Coach Stewart Crowe. In the 200m Freestyle this improvement amounted to 10 Seconds since September; and an equally impressive 8 seconds for the 200m Backstroke.
The final medallist for the Nomads was Alex Finch with improved performances in the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke to claim double Bronze.
Other final appearances were gained by Joe Davies, Hannah Cooper, Daisy Ireland, Ryan Ireland, Francis Moore, Maddie Thompson and Evie Rowsell.
SOUTH EAST REGION MASTERS
Twelve months on from her last visit to the South East Region Masters Championships 45-year old swimmer Jo Corben again displayed her massive talent in setting a new World Record of 2.25.12 in the 200m Backstroke. This is more than 1.5 seconds faster than the British and European Record she set 12 months ago.
Fareham Nomads swimmer Jo, 45, has started 2016 in the same manner she finished 2015, in record breaking form. 2015 was a great year for her setting a total of eight British and four European Records, although being close to the World Record it has eluded her until the 23rd January 2016.
Jo just missed out on breaking her own British record in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1.09.54, which missed the mark by 0.15 sec. In her weakest event, the 50m Backstroke, she also swam to record breaking level with a British record time of 33.32.
Stewart Crowe, Head Coach at Fareham Nomads, said: “The setting of a World Record was the main target for the European Championships which will be held at the London Aquatic Centre in May. She can now prepare for these Championships with even more belief that she can go even faster.”
Jo has recently returned to Fareham Nomads to train with her former coach, Stewart Crowe. Although a Masters Swimmer she trains with the clubs’ Top Squad as well as the newly formed Masters Squad.
Jo said: “I absolutely love being back at Fareham Nomads and truly believe that head coach Stewart Crowe and assistant coach John Molyneaux can coach me to be even faster.
“I have to thank my husband Tony for being so supportive, I couldn’t manage without him. It’s back to hard work now to focus on the Europeans.”
Jo will next compete at the County Championships on the 6th and 7th of February but against swimmers many years younger.
Stewart added: “I would not bet against her breaking her own record, such is her talent and determination.”
As well as Jo, the club also had Paul Rowan, Tony Corben, Noemie Peignon, Laura Molyneaux and Claire Tagg competing at the South East Region Masters Championships.
Team mates Noemie and Laura were also in record breaking form with Noemie setting a SE Regional record in the 200m Butterfly recording 2.41.03 and also collected her second gold of the meet with a time of 29.61 in the 50m Freestyle.
Laura Molyneaux another swimmer recently returned to the sport after a very successful time as an Age Group swimmer won Gold in the 200m Individual Medley in a SE Regional Record time of 2.36.66 and Silver in the 100m Butterfly in 1.12.49.
Claire Tagg also chipped in with a medal winning performance snatching Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley with 3.12.96 and a 4th place in the 200m Breaststroke in 3.22.47.
The final medal from the group of five swimmers came from Tony Corben in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 3.22.36, together with a 5th place in the 400m Freestyle in 5.36.89.
Paul Rowan competed in the 100m Breaststroke, 1.28.71 for 5th place and very credible 50m freestyle in 30.99 for 10th place.
Hampshire County Championships - 23rd & 24th January 2016
Members of Fareham Nomads competed at the 1st of three weekends of the 2016 Championships at the Mountbatten Swimming Pool in Portsmouth.
It was 11-year old Ellen Jewell that led the way for the Fareham swimmers who claimed three Gold medals in arguably the toughest of the swimming events; 400m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle and the 800m Freestyle. All her times were personal best performances. The youngster who only turned 11 on 15 January displayed her potential for the future.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said: “She was the only 11-year old to contest the 400m Individual Medley and her time of 6.07.02 would have placed her third in the 12 year age group. The 800m Freestyle was very close with Ellen just taking the Gold from Jessica Milligan of Southampton by the small margin of 0.03seconds.”
There was no such margin in the shorter 400m Freestyle in which she was the clear winner recording an impressive 5.17.44 some 23 seconds inside her entry time.
Much improved Mathew Sullivan, competing in the 14 years age group also impressed with fine displays in the 400m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle and 1500m Freestyle. Mathew does not turn 14 until later in the year so was also competing against those that could be nearly a year older.
Stewart added: “In his three events he also showed massive improvements and was somewhat unfortunate to only claim one Silver medal for his efforts, this was in the 1500m Freestyle recording a time of 18.54.09. He recorded two forth places in his other events.”
The only other individual medal winner for the club was James Baxter, another to show great improvement winning Silver in the 400m Individual Medley in the 13 years age group.
In the relay events all teams exceeded the expectations of the coaching staff and returned with two medals for their efforts. Both of these were from the 13 year old boys with Gold in the 4x50m Medley team of Matthew Sullivan, Alex Finch, James Baxter and Joe Davies combining to record 2.08.94. In the Freestyle relay Matthew, James and Joe were joined by Oliver Bulpett to win the Bronze medal in a time of 1.55.93.
CITY OF SOUTHAMPTON XMAS OPEN MEET
Thirty members of Fareham Nomads Swimming Club completed a busy autumn of competition by racing at the City of Southampton Open Meet on Sunday 13 December.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said: “Some weary swimmers entered the pool for an 8am warm up after returning from the third and final round of the Arena League at 11.30pm the previous evening.
“The end of year event showed much promise for the future with a medal haul of seven Gold, 10 Silver and nine Bronze.”
Golden swims were achieved by Ellen Jewell in the 200m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke. She also won Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke.
Thirteen-year-old James Baxter again impressed with his potential winning Gold in the 50m and 100m Backstroke events, Silver in the 100m Breaststroke and Freestyle together with Bronze in the 100m Butterfly. However it was the 100m Breaststroke that impressed the most with a five second improvement to record a time of 1.17.25.
John Molyneaux, Assistant Coach at Fareham Nomadsm continued to show his charges how to swim with great technical displays in the 50m and 100m Backstroke, striking Gold on both occasions.
Another of the younger swimmers to impress and continue steady improvement was 12-year-old Joe Davies winning Silver Medals in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m Breaststroke and Butterfly.
Fifteen-year-old Alice Moyse also continues her recent improvement in the Breaststroke and freestyle events, claiming Silver spots for the 50m and 100m Breaststroke together with the 50m Freestyle and a Bronze in the 200m Freestyle, 100m and 50m Freestyle.
Other medallists were Clive Marquis Silver 100m Freestyle with new figures of 56.06 with Bronze in the 200m distance.
There were also good swims from Lucy Moyse who achieved Silver in the 50m Freestyle, Oliver Burton who gained Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley, Michael Andrews who got Bronze in the 100m Backstroke and Aiden Phillips who placed in Bronze position in the 50m Butterfly
Stewart added: “The swimmers now look forward to a short break during the festive period but need to continue training hard in preparation for the County Championships in January of 2016.”
ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 3
Fareham Nomads Swimming Club have made superb progress to come sixth in the National Arena Swimming League Division One West final round.
The Club, which is sponsored by Metis Homes, travelled to Maidenhead to compete in the top six gala of the league against teams from Amersham, Reading, Maxwell, Maidenhead and Mid Sussex Marlins on Saturday 12 December.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said: “The team has made great progress from two years ago when in the final round they were racing to avoid relegation to Division 2.
“The aim for the team was to finish higher than sixth, a very difficult target for all involved.”
At the halfway stage of the gala the Club only had one victory from 25-year old Jamie O’Donnell in the 100m Butterfly recording a time of 57.56. Such was the competition and although not achieving winning spots the Club were only two points behind Mid Sussex Marlins.
Two further victories, one from Jamie O’Donnell who set a personal best in the 100m Breaststroke recording figures of 1.03.21. Thirteen-year-old James Baxter displayed his potential with second places in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle events.
Other second places were secured by Mathew Sullivan who improved his 100m Backstroke time to a very respectable 1.07.74. Assistant Coach John Molyneaux also gained a second place in the Men’s Open 100m Backstroke with figures of 59.97.
The only other swimmers to achieve second places were Daisy Ireland in the 100m Butterfly and Alice Moyse with a much improved 100m Breaststroke of 1.21.65.
Stewart added: “Although the final result of being placed sixth was somewhat disappointing, the team have improved tremendously from the position they were in two years ago.”
Final Points & Positions:
Amersham S.C. 216.00 1st
Reading S.C. 196.00 2nd
Maxwell S.C. 179.00 3rd
Maidenhead Marlins S.C. 167.00 4th
Mid Sussex Marlins S.C. 154.00 5th
Fareham Nomads S.C. 138.00 6th
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