Arena League round 3
Fareham Nomads Swimming Club (FNSC) competed in the 3rd and final round of the 2014 Arena League competing against the teams from Reading, Portsmouth, Epsom, Littlehampton and Mid Sussex Marlins.
Twelve months on the Fareham swimmers found themselves in a mid-table position rather than fighting relegation as they were in December 2013. There has been much improvement in the overall performances of the swimmers during the past 12 months, although still much to do it is just reward for all at the club.
All teams were probably weakened due to the various squads suffering from the annual round of winter illness and other reasons for swimmers not being available for selection, so the expectations were not great.
This was another fine all round performance with 27 personal best swims from the 50 event Gala. After 10 events only one win had been notched up, this came from Jamie O’Donnell who easily won the 200m Individual Medley in a time of 2.07.49, some 4 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed swimmer, at this early stage in the gala the Fareham swimmers were in 3rd overall position. One further first place was recorded in the first half of the 50 event gala, this from Joe Davies in the 11/U 50m Backstroke in a personal best time of 36.46.
A run of 4 wins from Sebastian Williams (15/U 100m Butterfly), Jessica Davies (Ladies Open 100m Backstroke), John Molyneaux (Mens Open 100m Backstroke) and Hannah Cooper (Girls 11/U 50m Breaststroke). These fine performances kept the club in 3rd place with 92 points, leaders Reading 96 and Portsmouth Northsea’s B team 94 points. In a very close gala 6th placed club Mid Sussex were only 9 points behind Fareham.
At one stage the club had moved back into 5th place, but with only 8 points separating the 6 clubs, it was still all to swim for.
Only two further wins were gained from Jamie O’Donnell and Joshua Lees (Open and 15/U 100m Breaststroke).
The only individual 2nd place came from much improved youngster Holly Blake, recording a personal best time in the 11/U 50m Backstroke in 39.22.
Most inter-club galas are normally dominated by the achievements of the ‘youngsters’ in the respective squads. One of the many outstanding performances from the Nomads’ squad came from 28 year old Noemie Peignon, standing in for an age group swimmer recorded an impressive 1.09.13 in the Ladies 100m Butterfly. The Boys 15/U and Open Relay Squads of Seb Williams, Sam Cooper, Joshua Lees, Matt Riley, Jamie O’Donnell, Chris Finch, Clive Marquis, Dan Cameron and John Molyneaux continued a string of impressive performances gaining 22 points from a possible 24.
A total of 27 personal bests were recorded from the 50 events. Which helped the club to gain 3rd place overall, a great end to 2014.
Final Points & Positions:
Reading S.C. 1st 196.00
Epsom & District S.C. 2nd 187.00
Fareham Nomads S.C. 3rd 177.00
Portsmouth Northsea S.C. B 4th 172.00
Mid Sussex Marlins S.C. 5th 159.00
Littlehampton S.C. 6th 155.00
Nomads Sparkle at Portsmouth Northsea SC Christmas Cracker Open Meet
A squad of 30 swimmers attended the Portsmouth Northsea Open Meet over the weekend of the 29th & 30th November. The meet was attended by 23 clubs from throughout the South East of England and was the biggest test the swimmers had faced so far this swimming year.
Between them they achieved a medal haul of 12 Gold, 14 Silver and 7 Bronze. Although an impressive medal haul it was the number of personal best times that was even more pleasing for the coaching staff at the Fareham based club with 60 best ever times from 84 swims.
Jessica Davies continues her recent fine form with wins in the 200m Freestyle (2.11.74), 50m Freestyle (27.59) and the 50m Backstroke (31.18). Chris Finch, another of the senior swimmers to have shown much improvement during the past 12 months continued his recent good performances with Gold in the 400 Individual Medley recording a personal best time of 4.46.84, an improvement of some 8 seconds. He followed this success up with top spot in the 400m Freestyle recording 4.14.28.
Sebastian Williams continues to demonstrate his undoubted talent with 2 Gold medals and a Silver medal in the 15 years category recording times of 1.00.69 for the 100m Butterfly, 24.73 in the 50m Freestyle and 32.39 in the 50m Breaststroke respectively. His times in the 200m, Freestyle and the shorter 100m event of 2.03.61 and 54.94 were also personal best times.
The youngest member of the squad (9 Years) Ellen Jewell experienced this level of competition and acquitted herself extremely well achieving 1 Gold (200m Backstroke 3.01.93) and 4 Silver medals in the 50m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly.
17 year old Sophie Hutin also had a weekend of good swimming with 2 Gold medals for the 100m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke. She added to this 6 Silver and 1 Bronze in a range of events from the 400m Individual Medley and 50 Freestyle.
Other Medallists were Dan Cameron 2 Silver and 1 Bronze; he together with Dan Alberts produced two of the stand out swims recording 2.15.64 and 2.16.62 (Alberts) for Bronze in the 200m Butterfly. Both were personal best times. Cameron also won Silver in the 50m Backstroke and a Bronze in the 100m Butterfly. Alberts also won a Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley.
Alex Finch one of the younger members of the squad swam to Silver in the 50m Breaststroke. Further Bronze medals were won by Lara-May Barnett, Alice Moyse and Joshua Lees.
National Biathlon Championships
At the National Biathlon Championships held in Birmingham Chris Finch acquitted himself extremely well being placed 3rd in the Under 19 Men from a field of 14. His 200m Freestyle swim time of 1.59.03 was a personal best time.
A squad of 30 plus swimmers competed at the annual Peter Bull Open Meet over the weekend of 22nd/23rd November. Fareham Nomads Swimming Club are the current holders of the Top Visiting Club Trophy but would be hard pressed to retain this trophy a second consecutive year.
Between them the Nomads had a total of 194 swims over the 2 days of competition and record an impressive 128 personal best times.
Individual event winners for the club were Oliver Burton, Aiden Phillips, Rebecca Young, Cameron Wrankmore, Ethan Childs and Alice Moyse.
Overall Top 3 Places based upon points scored after two days of fast and entertaining swimming were:
Oliver Burton 1st 13 year boys
Daisy Ireland 2nd 12 year girls
Matthew Sullivan 2nd 12 year boys
Alice Moyse 2nd 14 year girls
Olivia Busher 3rd 9 year girls
Edward Hollands 3rd 10 year boys
Alex Finch 3rd 12 year boys
Anna Ross 3rd 13 year girls
Aiden Phillips 3rd 14 year boys
Although there were many pleasing results the hard work by all on this occasion failed to bring Top Club success. Eventual winners were Portsmouth Northsea with 921 points, Winchester 670 points and Fareham Nomads 628 points, a frustratingly small margin of 42 points. Other clubs to compete were hosts Havant & Waterlooville, Southampton Dolphins, Alton, Camden Swiss Cottage, Bognor Regis, Hamble Aquatics, Locks Heath and Romsey & Totton.
British Gas Open Disability Swimming Championships
Arthur Morley competed at the British Gas Open Disability Swimming Championships over the weekend of 22nd/23rd November. In the 12 months since joining Fareham Nomads the fifteen year old has shown much improvement and is slowly edging towards his goal of selection for the Paralympic swimming squad. At the championships held in Manchester his times and position were:
1st 100m Breaststroke 1.34.12
2nd 50m Freestyle 30.67
2nd 400m Freestyle 5.12.79
3rd 100m Butterfly 1.24.37
All of the above times were personal best times.
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.