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