Members of Fareham Nomads Swimming Club (FNSC) continued a busy autumn swimming schedule with teams competing at a number of events during the past 10 days.
A relatively young and inexperienced ‘B’ Team competed in the Hants Junior Cup on the November 8 at Gosport and placed second to Winchester City Penguins. Other team to compete were hosts Gosport Dolphins and Romsey and Totton swimming clubs.
There were wins for Francis Moore and Jack Moyse, a string of second places, 17 personal best times and wins in four of the relays - all securing the team the final result of second place.
Hants Minor League Round 2
At the final round of the Hants Minor League the B team competed against the A teams of Winchester, City of Southampton, Hart and Rushmoor Royals. The squad had done extremely well in the first round and therefore competed in the top gala in the league, which was the first time for many years.
Rushmoor Royals and City of Southampton led the way throughout the gala with the Fareham, Hart and Winchester swimmers battling for the minor places. Throughout the 50 events the club gained five wins, these came from both ends of the age range with Ellen Jewell winning in the U/11 50m Freestyle and Joanna Corben easily winning the Ladies Open 100m Backstroke.
Other winners included Sam Cooper 15/U Breaststroke, Daisy Ireland 13/U Backstroke and Chris Finch Men’s Open 100m Backstroke.
Between them the team swam 18 personal best times, perhaps the best of these being the two second improvement of Clive Marquis in the 100m Freestyle, dipping under the 60 second barrier for the first time recording 58.08.
Final Points & Positions:
Rushmoor Royals 1st 221 points
City of Southampton 2nd 191 points
Winchester City Penguins 3rd 135 points
Hart 4th 123 points
Fareham Nomads 5th 120 points
Hampshire Schools Championships
On Sunday November 16 a small group of swimmers competed at the Hampshire Schools Championships. It is likely that the winners of the events will be selected for the next round of competition, which culminates in the National Schools Championships.
Winners from Fareham Nomads Swimming Club were:
Jessica Davies 100m Freestyle 59.19, 200m Backstroke 2.23.45
Dan Alberts 200m Backstroke 2.10.50 (personal best)
Silver medal winners were:
Rachel Matthews 200m Breaststroke 3.13.44
Dan Alberts 100m Backstroke 1.00.29
Bronze medal winners:
Chris Finch 400m Freestyle 4.11.60 (personal best)
Dan Cameron 100m Butterfly 1.02.16
Chris Finch 100m Backstroke 1.00.81 (personal best)
Jessica Davies 400m Freestyle 4.43.65
Jessica Davies 100m Backstroke 1.08.38.
Arena League Round 2
Nomads took part in the 2nd round of the 2014 Arena League on Saturday the 8th of November.They were competing against teams from Winchester, Maidenhead, Mid Sussex, Alton and City of Guildford C Team. The club were hopeful of improving upon last year’s finish in which the club narrowly avoided relegation.
The real strength of the current Nomads team is based around a strong group of 15 year old Boys and the senior men’s team. As in the first round the early events found the club wanting and after 7 events had only secured 12 points from a possible 36.
The first win was an impressive display from 15/Under Freestyle Relay team of Sebastian Williams, Joshua Lees, Sam Cooper and Matthew Riley. This was quickly followed by the Men’s open medley team of John Molyneaux, Jamie O’Donnell, Dan Cameron and Chris Finch. After 10 events the club were in 5th position 1 point behind Guildford and 1 ahead of Alton.
A further 13 events passed before the Fareham swimmers posted another victory from Sebastian Williams in the 15/Under 100m Butterfly, he later followed this up with victory in the 100m Freestyle.
The outstanding performers for the club were Jessica Davies and Jamie O’Donnell both claiming double victories. Jessica recorded lifetime best performances in the 100m Backstroke recording 1.03.94 and become the fastest ever 100m Freestyle swimmer from the club recording a very respectable 57.92. Jamie followed on from his first round performances, again achieving a double in the 100m Breaststroke and Freestyle events recording a lifetime best in the freestyle of 52.06.
With 15 events remaining the club were in 4th place with only 15 points separating the bottom 3 positions.
Two more individual wins for the Nomads from Joshua Lees and Joe Davies could not help to move the club up a position. In the end the club were placed 4th, 3 points behind Mid Sussex Marlins.
Although there were some very encouraging performances Head Coach Stewart Crowe commented that there was still much to do after his first year back with the Club. He believed that there was a lot of underlying talent but getting this to blossom were his and his fellow coaches greatest challenge and would require all the swimmers within the club to work hard to fulfill this potential.