Arena League Round 1
Nomads competed in the first round of the 2014 Arena League competing against teams from Basingstoke, Kingston Royals, Leatherhead, Littlehampton and newly promoted to Division 1, City of Guildford C Team. With the exception of Guildford all of the teams finished higher than the Fareham based club in last year’s competition.
It was not until event 10 that the club recorded their first win, this was gained by the Men’s Medley Relay team of John Molyneaux, Jamie O’Donnell, Dan Cameron and Dan Alberts. At this stage of the gala the Fareham swimmers were in 4th place.
Throughout the evening there were many stand-out performances, many improvements in personal best times. However it was Jamie O’Donnell that excited the Fareham supporters the most with the 24 year old recording his best ever 100m Freestyle in 52.25. He had earlier easily won the 100m Breastroke recording an impressive 1.07.56. Throughout the 50 event gala Jamie was very ably supported by Dan Alberts, Dan Cameron, John Molyneaux, Chris Finch and Clive Marquis. Between them they achieved 39 points from a possible 42.
At the halfway point in the evening Fareham Nomads had slipped back to 5th place, this despite wins from Sebastian Williams 15/U Butterfly, Jessica Davies Ladies Open 100m Backstroke and Dan Alberts Mens Open 100m Backstroke. All times were personal best with Alberts just missing out on a sub 60 second 100m Backstroke time – he recorded 1.00.09.
With 10 events remaining the Nomads had fought their way back to 3rd place with 140 points, some 11 points ahead of Littlehampton and 12 ahead of Leatherhead.
A double win was gained by Kaeden Stander in the 11/U 50m Breaststroke and Freestyle to add to the overall points tally.
Going into the final event the Nomads had secured 3rd place so it was up to the Men’s Open 6 x 50m Freestyle Relay team to finish the evening off in some style and they did not disappoint with Clive Marquis, Dan Alberts, Dan Cameron, John Molyneaux, Chris Finch and Jamie O’Donnell all swimming personal best times to finish first
Twelve month ago the club just managed to avoid relegation, this year they are in a far better position, Head Coach Stewart Crowe said of his team that they have come a long way in 12 months, more to be done but he was impressed with the attitude and improved racing skills of the whole team.
Final Points & Positions:
|Basingstoke Bluefins S.C.
|Kingston Royals S.C.
|Fareham Nomads S.C.
|Guildford City S.C. 'C'
Hants Junior Cup
The Club made a return to the Hants Junior Cup for the first time in many years and swam very well against strong teams from Woking and Leatherhead, also competing were Eastleigh Fleming Park, Andover and Wey Valley. From the outset of the gala Woking and Leatherhead dominated the early events with the ‘Nomads’ placed in 3rd position. Winners for the club were a double for Joe Davies in the U/12 50m Backstroke and Breaststroke, Kaeden Stander U/13 50m Breaststroke and Ellen Jewell U/11 50m Freestyle. Additionally, there were many good relay performances from across all the age groups.
Final Points and Positions: Woking 1st 259, Leatherhead 2nd 252, Fareham Nomads 3rd 200, Wey Valley 4th 117, Andover 5th 116 and Eastleigh 6th 100.
James Moreno Open Meet
On Sunday, 22 members of the club competed at the James Moreno Open Meet, hosted by the City of Southampton and held at the Quays.
There were many performances of note, perhaps the best of these coming from the senior swimmers of the club with Jamie O’Donnell returning to the Fareham based club at the age of 24, it was 15 years ago that he first represented the club. He did not disappoint, with excellent swims in the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle, recording times of 1.04.76 and 53.02 respectively to win Gold in both events.
Hot on his heels for the best display from a ‘Nomads’ swimmer was 17 year old Chris Finch, who competed in 7 events, recording 7 personal best times and winning 1 Gold and 1 Silver. The best of these swims were his 200m and 400m Freestyle with times of 1.59.21 and 4.18.95.
Not to be outdone 17 year old Jessica Davies turned in her best ever 100m Backstroke of 1.05.99 and picking up Silver amongst a very competitive field. In the 50m Freestyle however, Jessica struck gold - clinching the top spot in a time of 28.21. She also won another Silver in the 100m Freestyle.
The final medal winners for the club came from Dan Cameron winning Silver in the 100m Butterfly in 60.69, he followed this up with Bronze in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly.
Of the younger Fareham Nomads swimmers competing, 12 year old Daisy Ireland achieved a podium place winning Bronze in the 50m Backstroke.
Very encouraging performances also came from Daisy Ireland and Nicole Ainsworth in the 400m Freestyle in which they recorded times of 5.27.54 and 5.21.74 with another 12 year old Nomad Anna Ross achieving 5.33.58.
Regional Masters Championship
Also on Sunday, 4 of the newly formed Fareham Nomads ‘Masters’ Squad competed at the SE Region Short Course Championships. Not to be outdone by their younger club members, they also impressed and between them won 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Leading the way was Jo Corben who dominated the Backstroke events winning the 50m, 100m and 200m events in times of 34.01, 1.09.68 and 2.26.54. Having just moved up to the 45 – 49 age group and after taking a year out, she has quickly returned to very high standard of swimming.
Noemie Peignon swam an impressive 200m Butterfly to win Gold in a time of 2.49.01 and followed this up with an equally impressive 50m Butterfly in a time of 32.81 to take Silver.
The final medal winner was Toby King winning Bronze in the 200m Freestyle recording a time of 2.33.84.
The other member of the group to compete was Tony Corben who placed 4th in the 50 Fly, 100m Free and 200m Free.