Southampton Open Meet 8th February
A strong squad of swimmers from Fareham Nomads racked up 45 personal times in 90 swims on Sunday at the City of Southampton Open Meet, which was the last chance to qualify for the County Championships next month.
Stewart Crowe, head coach at Fareham Nomads, said: “There was a total of 45 personal best times in 90 swims, which after the recent performances of many of the swimmers was another pleasing statistic for the swimmers and coaching staff.”
The Open Meet attracted some 20 Clubs from across the South East of England so it was expected that were would be a high level of competition for all swimmers.
The final tally for the Nomads swimmers was an impressive 10 Gold, seven Silver and four Bronze.
The medal tally was gained from swimmers across all the age groups from 10-year-old Ellen Jewell to the eldest Jamie O’Donnell.
The elder swimmers led by example with them claiming 16 of the 24 medals won. Of these Jessica Davies won Gold on the 100 Freestyle, 100m Back, 50 Freestyle and 50 Back. She added Silver for the 200 Freestyle and a Bronze in the 50 Butterfly. Jamie O’Donnell was a triple gold medallist with fine swims in the 100 Fly, 50 Freestyle and 200 Individual Medley. Chris Finch doubled in the 100 and 200 metre freestyle events. Of the elder swimmers Dan Cameron won Gold in the 50m Backstroke, Silver for the 50 and 100m Butterfly and Bronze in the 100m Backstroke.
The final gold medals went to Alex Finch with a double in the 50 and 100m Breaststroke events.
Top of the younger swimmers was Ellen Jewell who claimed two Silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke with Bronze in the 100 Freestyle.
Other medal winners for the club were Maddie Thompson Silver 100m Backstroke, Aiden Phillips Silver 100m Backstroke, Beatrice Hollands Bronze 100m Backstroke and Evie Rowsell Bronze 50m Backstroke.
Regional Disability Gala 7th February
At the Disability Swimming Event held at the Quays on Sat 7th February Teenager Arthur Morley continues his recent improvement with good swims in the 50m Breaststroke 42.80, 100m Individual Medley 1.19.00 – PB; 100m Freestyle 1.08.04, 100m Breaststroke 1.33.29 –PB; and 50 m Freestyle 30.77.
Isle of Wight Masters Open Meet
Only one member of the club attended the Isle of Wight Masters meet. Paul Rowan was a one man team representing Fareham Nomads. He competed in the 35- 39 year Age Group, Rowan was successful in all five of his events winning five Gold.
South Zonal Championships – London Aquatics Centre - 31st Jan & 1st Feb:
Only 5 members of the Nomads competed at this event which was held at the London Aquatics centre, home of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Winning medals at this top level event which attracted the best swimmers from throughout the South East of England was going to be a very difficult challenge. The best that Coach Stewart Crowe could hope for was for the small group to swim personal best times in preparation for more important competition that is to come later in the year.
The five swimmers Dan Cameron, Jessica Davies, Chris Finch, Sebastian Williams and Arthur Morley (Multi Disability Events) competed in a total of 18 events and recorded 15 personal best times.
The only finalists were Jessica Davies, Dan Cameron and Chris Finch.
The highest placed competitor from the Fareham Club was Chris Finch who placed 5th in the 200m Backstroke, his heat time of 2.17.45; a personal best which he improved to 2.15.99 in the final. He also recorded best ever times in the 50m Back 29.25, 100m Back 1.03.24 and the 200m Individually Medley of 2.18.60.
Dan Cameron impressed in the his events, making the final of the 100m Backstroke and 50m Backstroke recording times of 1.01.60 and 28.93 respectively. He also swam well in the 50m and 100m Butterfly events with times of 27.07 (pb) and 1.00.92 respectively.
Jess Davies recorded times of 2.26.61 in the Heat of the 200m Backstroke and further improved upon this to swim 2.26.17 to place 7th in the final, both times were lifetime bests. Although not making finals she also recorded best ever times in the 100m Backstroke of 1.07.95 and 31.90 in the 50m event.
Sebastian Williams, only returning to training after breaking his wrist displayed his undoubted potential impressing in the 50m Freestyle recording a personal best of 25.57, this after missing 8 weeks of training.
Arthur Morley made further strides towards his dream of representing the GB Paralympic Squad in 2016 and 2020. Competing in 5 events he posted personal best times in the 100m Freestyle 1.08.37 (2nd), 50m Freestyle 30.81 (3rd), 400m Freestyle 5.15.98 (3rd), 200m Individual Medley 2.54.01 (3rd). Unfortunately in his weakest event (100m Breaststroke) he suffered a technical disqualification.
South East Regional Masters Championships – Crawley 31st Jan & 1st Feb:
Only 2 members of the Nomads newly formed Masters Squad competed at this event, Jo and Tony Corben.
Jo Corben is well used to competing at this level and after her fine 200m Backstroke performance at the recent Nomads Open Meet she was hopeful of impressing at the Regional Championships and returning to the form that she displayed a few years ago.
Only competing in two events, the 100m Backstroke and her more favoured 200m Backstroke she displayed great form in the shorter event setting a British Record in a time of 1.09.39 which is the fastest time the 44 year old has swim since 2012 and set her up well for the 200m event.
Her main aim, apart from winning the 200m Backstroke was to also to set a new British Record, this she did easily, recording a time of 2.27.86; some 9 seconds inside the previous mark. Such was her form she also went inside the European Mark by 3 seconds.
Her next major event will be the British Long Course Championships to be held at Manchester in June. Looking ahead to this she is planning an attack on the 200m Backstroke World Record that stands at 2.26.06. Recently re-united with Coach Stewart Crowe he said that he he would not bet against her achieving this goal, such is her talent and determination. According to the LEN records as at December 2014 she is the only female masters swimmer that holds a Masters Record in one event (200m Backstroke) in 4 consecutive age groups (30-34 years, 35 – 39, 40 – 44 and 45 – 49) an impressive and interesting fact.
Husband Tony who has also recently returned to Fareham Nomads competed in the 50 Butterfly, 200m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly recording times 33.58, 2.36.58 and 1.23.78 respectively.
Fareham Nomads Winter Open Meet 25th January
Fareham Nomads Swimming Club played host to ten other swimming clubs at Waterlooville on Sunday 25th January; this was one of the last opportunities for swimmers to gain qualification for the forthcoming County Championships. Clubs in attendance were Eastleigh, Locks Heath, Alton, Chichester, Southampton Dolphins, Wildern Waves, Romsey & Totton, Winchester and Rushmoor Royals.
Qualifying for the meet was set at a level that would allow the less experienced swimmers from all clubs the chance to compete at an Open Meet.
The hosts had the largest entry and were hopeful that their swimmers would dominate the proceedings; their swimmers did not disappoint amassing a total of 58 Gold, 46 Silver and 37 Bronze medals. As pleasing as the medal haul was, it was also the level of personal best performances that were achieved so early in the swimming year and the spread of medal winners from the youngest Nomads competitors, aged 10 to the oldest aged 44.
Five Gold Medal hauls were achieved by Ellen Jewell (10 years), Aiden Phillips (14 Years), Chris Finch (16 & Over Years). Sam Cooper (15 Years), Matthew Riley (15 Years, Ryan Ireland (10 Years) and much improved Matthew Sullivan (13 Years) all claimed 4 Gold medals each.
Other Nomads to secure Gold medals were Rachel Matthews (2), Maddie Thompson (2), Sophie Hutin (2), Oliver Burton (2), Beatrice Hollands (2), Joe Davies (2) and Laura Molyneaux – a member of the newly formed Masters Squad (2).
Top places were also gained by Emily Blake, Lucy Moyse, Harriet Brocklebank, Edwards Hollands, Cillian Ross, Clive Marquis, George Lambert, Lucy Murdoch, Emma Davis, Hannah Cooper, Xanthe West, Alex Finch and Hillary Vulliamy.
Sophie Hutin, Matthew Sullivan, Clive Marquis, Dan Ross and Joshua Lees all won 3 Silver medals apiece.
Other medallists were Oliver Jones, Evie Rowsell, Alice Moyse, Anna Ross, John Vulliamy, Ben King, Daisy Ireland, Lily Davies, Fiona Murdoch, Eleanor Curran, Olivia Busher, John Molyneaux, Joanna Corben, Arthur Morley, Michael Andrews, Ethan Childs and Jack Williams.
The level of performance was as pleasing as the total number of medals won with 160 personal best times being achieved by the squad of 50. The swimmers will now prepare for the County Championships that will be held over the weekends of 28th Feb/1st March, 7/8th March and 14/15th March.