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Portsmouth Northsea End of Season Open Meet
A small contingent of members from Fareham Nomads competed in the annual PNSC End of Season Open Meet: between them the 12 swimmers won a total of 10 medals (5 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze) and achieved 18 personal best times.
Newcomers to the club, Issy Talbot, Oliver Bulpett and James Baxter, swam well representing their new club for the first time at an open meet.
John Molyneaux led the way with 2 Gold in the 50 and 100m backstroke events. Gold was also achieved by Issy Talbot 200 Backstroke in a time of 2.28.23, James Baxter 200m Backstroke Gold 2.34.97 and Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke 1.25.03. Hannah Cooper gained the top spot in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 40.40.
Much improved Joe Davies won Silver in the 50m Backstroke and Bronze in the 100m Backstroke.
The final medallists were Anna Ross and Oliver Bulpett winning bronze in the 50m Freestyle and 400 Freestyle respectively.
Minor League Round 1
Fareham Nomads A & B Teams competed in the first round of the Hants Minor League on the 11th July at Fareham Leisure Centre when they hosted clubs from Hamble Aquatics and Farnham. The ‘A’ Team led from the very early stages of the gala and of the 53 events won 24 and were placed 2nd in a further 14 events.
Although the club will face sterner opposition in the months to come, particularly during the Autumn when they will compete in the Arena League it was a very pleasing result for the club.
Individual winners for the A Team were Chris Finch (2), Jess Davies (2), Joe Davies (2), Oliver Burton (2), Ellen Jewell (2), Olivia Busher, Ryan Ireland, Alex Finch, Hannah Cooper, Dan Alberts, Daisy Ireland, Francis Moore and John Molyneaux.
For the B Team Anna Ross, and Laura Molyneaux upstaged their A team counterparts by gaining maximum points.
The continued improvement of the swimmers is down to them being more self-disciplined and motivated to achieve, the majority of swimmers now being easier to coach.
The two teams accumulated a total of 56 Personal Best times.
Final Points & Positions:
Fareham Nomads A Team 1st 161
Hamble Aquatics 2nd 151
Farnham 3rd 118
Fareham Nomads B Team 4th 89
Hants Development Meet 2015
Nomads’ swimmers competed in the Hants Development Open Meet over the first two weekends in July. The three days of competition were arranged by age so that swimmers only competed in two of the three days with ages ranging from 9 to 14 years. The number of our swimmers was down on previous years with a total of 21 swimmers taking part. Our swimmers didn’t disappoint however coming home with plenty of personal bests and a total of 17 medals.
Of the 101 swims that our members competed in, 77 of the times achieved were below their entry times, a remarkable result. Some of the times shaved a fraction of a second off the entered times but in many cases the times were shattered with over 20 seconds being knocked off.
Individual medals were gained by our swimmers over a range of age groups winning 5 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze. Gold medals were won by Alex Finch in the 50 fly and 100 IM, Holly Blake in the 50 and 100 backstroke and Shona McGrath in the 50 backstroke. Silver medals won by Alice Rowsell in the 100 breaststroke, Shona McGrath in the 100 backstroke, Olivier Busher in the 50 fly and 100 IM and Holly Blake in the 200 backstroke. Bronze medals were awarded to Nathaniel Foster in the 100 fly, 200 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke, Maddie Thompson in the 200 freestyle, Cillian Ross in the 100m freestyle and Oliva Busher in the 200 backstroke.
This year saw the introduction of relays for the first time with our 13/14 year old 4 x 50m Mixed Medley Relay Team of Maddie Thompson, Alex Finch, Ethan Childs and Shona McGrath winning the bronze medal.
Overall another successful meet with the usual fun and plenty of support from the team. Let’s hope next year we can encourage more swimmers to take part and challenge for the overall team trophy.
Our Combined Open Meet June 13th & 14th 2015
Fifty members of the club participated in the ‘Swim out of Your Skins Open Meet’ over the weekend of 13th/14th June. They did not only participate but competed extremely well over two days of tough competition.
Some started to wane, complained they were tired; but somehow managed to sum up that little bit extra when it came to the ‘skins’ perhaps the financial inducement had something to do with ‘finding that little bit extra.’ So well done to Xanthe West, Beatrice Hollands, Alice Moyse, Rachel Matthews, Michael Andrews, Clive Marquis, Oliver Bulpett, Mathew Sullivan, Alex Finch, Daisy Ireland and Anna Ross.
This type of event not only requires a lot of work prior to the event but also on the day, so it was very encouraging to see so many of our parents involved both before, during and after (results need to be submitted to the ASA). Without this level of support the club would not be able to run these events. More help is always required so if you wish to become more involved with the club please see a committee member.
The magnitude of improvement in terms of pb’s was massive, more importantly from my view was the technical improvement, improved racing skills, pacing and bringing races back fast. The full results will be/are on the website.
271 Swims ; 198 Personal Best Times (73%) ; Did Not Swim - 3 , DQ’s - 4 .
Gold Medals - 33 , Silver - 42 , Bronze - 36 .
In a short report of this type it is not possible to mention individual swims (111 medals would be a very long list), however of those that entered, 38 swimmers won at least one medal, some got greedy and won upwards of 5, so well done to our multi medal winners; Ellen Jewell, Alice Moyse, Oliver Bulpett, Daisy Ireland, Beatrice Hollands and Ryan Ireland.
Rother Premier League June 13th 2015
The club had their busiest weekend of the swimming year with 50 members competing at the joint ‘Swim out of Yours Skins Open Meet’ hosted in conjunction with Havant & Waterlooville and after an exhausting day of competition many of the youngsters turned out in the evening to represent the club at the Rother Premier League Gala.
Even without a day of racing the team faced a difficult challenge competing against Winchester City Penguins, Worthing, Hart and Ringwood Seals.
Individual winners for the team were 10 year old Ellen Jewell in the U/12 50m Backstroke 36.68, she followed this up with a fine display in the U/12 50m Butterfly, 36.65 and Hannah Cooper in the U/13 50m Breaststroke (40.58).
Fine second places were gained by Joe Davies (3), Daisy Ireland (2), Francis Moore, George Lambert, Ellie Sproul, Thomas Dickson, Ryan Ireland, Anna Ross and Ben King.
The mental toughness of so many young swimmers was probably one of the most pleasing aspects of the gala, together with a better display of technical skills from starting, turning and finishing.
Finals Points: Winchester 212, Worthing 159, Fareham Nomads 146, Hart 138, Ringwood 104.
During the past 12 – 18 months a vast amount of improvement has been made by the vast majority of swimmers which is very promising for the future success of the club. This is now being noticed outside the club with swimmers joining from other clubs
National Masters June 12th to 14th 2015
A Nomads team consisting of Jo Corben, Tony Corben, Laura Molyneaux, John Molyneaux, Noemie Peignon and Claire Tagg competed at the 2015 National Masters Championships in Manchester between the 12th – 14th June. For the 1st time in the clubs history a Ladies Medley team represented the club with Jo Corben, Claire Tagg, Noemie Peignon and Laura Molyneaux winning gold in a time of 5.01.74.
Individually they did not disappoint claiming 8 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze, the best ever total gained in the history of the club. Previously the Masters had been represented at this level by Jo and Tony Corben; however with the formation of a dedicated Masters Squad the club have a new star in John Molyneaux the clubs assistant coach. Competing for the first time at this event he claimed Gold in the 50m, 100, and 200m Backstroke posting impressive times of 27.58, 1.00.11 and 2.14.61 respectively. He demonstrated his all-round ability with Gold in the 200m Individual Medley winning this event by a clear 4 seconds in a time of 2.17.96. He also gained Silver in the 400m Individual Medley recording a time of 5.00.43.
Joanna Corben although not swimming to her best was still good enough to win double gold in the 100m and 200m Backstroke with times of 1.09.45 and 2.29.42 respectively.
Gold was also won by Noemie Peignon in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2.46.07, with Laura Molyneaux claiming the Silver in 2.50.40.
Tony Corben recorded his best times for many years winning 2 Bronze Medals in the 100m and 200m Butterfly in times of 1.15.65 and 2.58.49.
NOVICE GALA ‐ SATURDAY 6TH JUNE 2015
On Saturday 6th June FNSC swimmers attended a Novice Gala at Bishops Waltham Pool swimming against The Mitres Swimming Club. Our teams consisted of some very novice swimmers and some very young swimmers swimming up into the higher ages, some 8 and 9 years old swimming against 11/12 years old but they held out and everyone swam their very best in support of the Club. Lot of cheers, praise and support from parents and from fellow swimmers gave the gala a lively atmosphere.
Jess Davies and Chris Finch kindly stepped in to help with the swimmers ensuring they were in the right lanes at the right time which was hard at times since swimmers were switching teams to ensure everyone had as many swims as possible. Lisa and Maddie Thompson also supported swimmers in the backstroke races so they swam with confidence into the finishes. Huge thanks to you all.
The races were scored and the final scoring was very close with Mitres just pipping us in the final squadron relay.
Lot of smiles from everyone at the end of the gala made it a very exciting introduction to galas for our young swimmers.
Thank you to all swimmers attending and to all parents supporting this event.
Julie & Ken
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