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
JAMES MORENO OPEN MEET
The final event in which members competed over this period of early season competition was the James Moreno Open Meet, hosted by City of Southampton Swimming Club. The event attracted 20 plus clubs from the South of England.
27 members entered and between them contested in 102 races. Although the level of personal best performances was quite low the squad performed well competing up to the level achieved at the recent club championships.
Medal winners were Chris Finch 4 Gold, 2 Silver; Jess Davies 3 Gold, Ellen Jewell 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze; Joe Davies 1 Bronze.