Jean Hillman Trophy
On Saturday 23rd April Fareham Nomads hosted the Annual Jean Hillman Memorial Trophy Gala at Fareham Leisure Centre.
The club host this event in association with a former Swimmer, Adrian Hillman, in memory of his mother, Mrs Jean Hillman. Mrs Hillman sadly passed away whilst Adrian was young and still at the start of his competitive swimming career. Mrs Hillman had so much enjoyment seeing the younger swimmers at the club compete, that her husband approached the Club and asked to sponsor a gala in his wife’s memory. Now in its’ 36th year, the Jean Hillman Memorial Trophy has become an established gala on the local swimming fixture list and is a fabulous way for younger swimmers to gain experience swimming in a highly competitive, but very enjoyable and safe environment.
This year’s Gala did not disappoint, with solid competition amongst local clubs – Wildern Waves, Southampton Dolphins, Locks Heath Swim School, Gosport Dolphins and Fareham Nomads.
The hosts got off to a flying start winning the opening relay event and the first 2 individual events courtesy of Ellen Jewell and Tom Dickson.
At the halfway point in the competition it was a very close run competition with outstanding performances on the individual races and also relay events across the board. As the evening progressed it was clear that the competition would remain close between Fareham Nomads and Southampton Dolphins who had opened up an 11 point lead. This was despite two wins from Charlie Holyer and 1 each from George Lambert and Joe Davies. This helped close the gap to only 5 points.
Despite a valiant effort from a very young team and further wins from Charlie Holyer, Cillian Ross, Emily Blake, Ryan Ireland, Tom Dickson, Hannah Cooper, Ben King and Joe Davies Fareham Nomads were pipped at the post into 2nd place with 260 points against Southampton Dolphins in first place scoring 271 pts. Locks Heath were placed 3rd, Wildern Waves 4th and Gosport Dolphins 5th.
Adrian Hillman presented the Jean Hillman Trophy to the winning team in front of a very full and supportive group of spectators from across the region.
“This event is always a fantastic opportunity for our younger swimmers to get a great experience of competitive swimming. The atmosphere was amazing especially towards the end of the evening when the competition was very close.” Said Stewart Crowe, Head Coach at Fareham Nomads. Crowe continued “The swimmers all put in a huge amount of effort and it is disappointing that we did not win, however I am sure our very young team will gain much from this experience.
ABOUT ADRIAN HILLMAN
Adrian Hillman joined FNSC as a 9/10 year old and competed for the club all the way through to the natural cut off at 16/17.
Adrian was, and remains one of the most successful swimmers FNSC has ever produced, competing at County, Regional and National level; including a Junior international selection for Team GB swimming against Germany and Russia.
Adrian’s lead stroke was breaststroke, and swam 1.04s for 100m and 29s for 50m. If he were to be ranked against today’s swimmers, as a 16 year old, he would still rank in the top 15 nationally for 100m and top 30 for 50m.
Isle of Wight Masters
Two Fareham Nomads masters swimmers made a splash by claiming seven gold, six silver and one bronze medal at the Isle of Wight Masters Open Meet.
Jacqui King was in great form winning 6 Gold in the 50m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m & 25m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle and Silver in the 25m Freestyle.
Paul’s Rowan only Gold came in the 50m Backstroke, his 5 Silver medals came in the 100m Individual Medley, 100m Backstroke, 25m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and 25m Freestyle. His only Bronze was for the 50m Freestyle.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said “Overall a great set of results from the pair of masters swimmers who only train with the club for two sessions per week.
“The Fareham Nomads Masters squad is a fast improving group of swimmers and has room for more to join those that wish to compete, swim for Triathlon events or just to improve their water skills and level of fitness.”
SOUTH EAST REGION MASTERS
Twelve months on from her last visit to the South East Region Masters Championships 45-year old swimmer Jo Corben again displayed her massive talent in setting a new World Record of 2.25.12 in the 200m Backstroke. This is more than 1.5 seconds faster than the British and European Record she set 12 months ago.
Fareham Nomads swimmer Jo, 45, has started 2016 in the same manner she finished 2015, in record breaking form. 2015 was a great year for her setting a total of eight British and four European Records, although being close to the World Record it has eluded her until the 23rd January 2016.
Jo just missed out on breaking her own British record in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1.09.54, which missed the mark by 0.15 sec. In her weakest event, the 50m Backstroke, she also swam to record breaking level with a British record time of 33.32.
Stewart Crowe, Head Coach at Fareham Nomads, said: “The setting of a World Record was the main target for the European Championships which will be held at the London Aquatic Centre in May. She can now prepare for these Championships with even more belief that she can go even faster.”
Jo has recently returned to Fareham Nomads to train with her former coach, Stewart Crowe. Although a Masters Swimmer she trains with the clubs’ Top Squad as well as the newly formed Masters Squad.
Jo said: “I absolutely love being back at Fareham Nomads and truly believe that head coach Stewart Crowe and assistant coach John Molyneaux can coach me to be even faster.
“I have to thank my husband Tony for being so supportive, I couldn’t manage without him. It’s back to hard work now to focus on the Europeans.”
Jo will next compete at the County Championships on the 6th and 7th of February but against swimmers many years younger.
Stewart added: “I would not bet against her breaking her own record, such is her talent and determination.”
As well as Jo, the club also had Paul Rowan, Tony Corben, Noemie Peignon, Laura Molyneaux and Claire Tagg competing at the South East Region Masters Championships.
Team mates Noemie and Laura were also in record breaking form with Noemie setting a SE Regional record in the 200m Butterfly recording 2.41.03 and also collected her second gold of the meet with a time of 29.61 in the 50m Freestyle.
Laura Molyneaux another swimmer recently returned to the sport after a very successful time as an Age Group swimmer won Gold in the 200m Individual Medley in a SE Regional Record time of 2.36.66 and Silver in the 100m Butterfly in 1.12.49.
Claire Tagg also chipped in with a medal winning performance snatching Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley with 3.12.96 and a 4th place in the 200m Breaststroke in 3.22.47.
The final medal from the group of five swimmers came from Tony Corben in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 3.22.36, together with a 5th place in the 400m Freestyle in 5.36.89.
Paul Rowan competed in the 100m Breaststroke, 1.28.71 for 5th place and very credible 50m freestyle in 30.99 for 10th place.
Hampshire County Championships - 23rd & 24th January 2016
Members of Fareham Nomads competed at the 1st of three weekends of the 2016 Championships at the Mountbatten Swimming Pool in Portsmouth.
It was 11-year old Ellen Jewell that led the way for the Fareham swimmers who claimed three Gold medals in arguably the toughest of the swimming events; 400m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle and the 800m Freestyle. All her times were personal best performances. The youngster who only turned 11 on 15 January displayed her potential for the future.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said: “She was the only 11-year old to contest the 400m Individual Medley and her time of 6.07.02 would have placed her third in the 12 year age group. The 800m Freestyle was very close with Ellen just taking the Gold from Jessica Milligan of Southampton by the small margin of 0.03seconds.”
There was no such margin in the shorter 400m Freestyle in which she was the clear winner recording an impressive 5.17.44 some 23 seconds inside her entry time.
Much improved Mathew Sullivan, competing in the 14 years age group also impressed with fine displays in the 400m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle and 1500m Freestyle. Mathew does not turn 14 until later in the year so was also competing against those that could be nearly a year older.
Stewart added: “In his three events he also showed massive improvements and was somewhat unfortunate to only claim one Silver medal for his efforts, this was in the 1500m Freestyle recording a time of 18.54.09. He recorded two forth places in his other events.”
The only other individual medal winner for the club was James Baxter, another to show great improvement winning Silver in the 400m Individual Medley in the 13 years age group.
In the relay events all teams exceeded the expectations of the coaching staff and returned with two medals for their efforts. Both of these were from the 13 year old boys with Gold in the 4x50m Medley team of Matthew Sullivan, Alex Finch, James Baxter and Joe Davies combining to record 2.08.94. In the Freestyle relay Matthew, James and Joe were joined by Oliver Bulpett to win the Bronze medal in a time of 1.55.93.
Hampshire County Championships - 30th & 31st January 2016
Fareham Nomads swimmers impressed for a second weekend at the Hampshire County Championships.
Swimmers aged 14 and under from Fareham Nomads took to the pool for the second weekend in a row.
Fareham Nomads, which is sponsored by Metis Homes, had a total of 138 swims and have gained 94 personal best times.
Head coach Stewart Crowe said: “The performance by Fareham Nomads was excelled by any ones standards.
“For the second weekend it was 11-year old Ellen Jewell that led the way for the Fareham swimmers who claimed a further three Gold medals with a clean sweep in the Butterfly events (200m, 100m and 50m). All her times in these three events were personal bests. This Gold success was backed up with 7 Silver medals in the 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle; 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke. Her last medal came in the 200m Individual Medley. Over the two weekends of competition she had a total of 20 races, making her the busiest of the clubs’ swimmers.”
The only other swimmer to win Gold was Oliver Bulpett who by his standards had a below par weekend, but made up for this disappointment by clinching the top spot in the 200m Breaststroke improving his best time to 2.51.87, a three second improvement.
James Baxter continued his good form with Silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and the shorter 50m event. More medal performances came with him winning 4 Bronze medals in the 50m Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly; his final podium place came in the 100m Backstroke.
Stewart added: “Arguably the most improved swimmer in the club, Matthew Sullivan continued to set new figures for all of the events he competed in, most pleasing of this that all his final swims were faster than his heat swims – something that all coaches aim for their charges to achieve.”
He added to his medal haul from weekend 1 with 4 Silver medals and 1 Bronze in the 200m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley respectively. More than the medals it was the margin of improvement that pleased Head Coach Stewart Crowe. In the 200m Freestyle this improvement amounted to 10 Seconds since September; and an equally impressive 8 seconds for the 200m Backstroke.
The final medallist for the Nomads was Alex Finch with improved performances in the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke to claim double Bronze.
Other final appearances were gained by Joe Davies, Hannah Cooper, Daisy Ireland, Ryan Ireland, Francis Moore, Maddie Thompson and Evie Rowsell.