Davies gets double gold as Nomads impress

Jessica Davies. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13891-7)
Jessica Davies. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13891-7)
From left to right: Martin Bennell, Jo Corben, Tony Corben, Andy Green and Noemie Plumridge

Nomads produce masterclass to seal superb medal haul

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Jessica Davies and Dan Alberts were victorious at the Hampshire Schools Championships.

The Fareham Nomads duo were both in excellent form in the competition, where the ultimate aim is to secure selection for the National Schools Championships.

Davies won the 100m freestyle in a time of 59.19sec and the 200m backstroke in 2.23.45.

She also picked up two bronze medals, with good swims in the 400m freestyle and the 100m backstroke.

Dan Alberts won the 200m backstroke in a new personal best time of 2.10.50.

He added a silver medal in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1.00.29.

Rachel Matthews finished second in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 3.13.44.

Nomads swimmers also picked up several bronze medals.

Chris Finch took third place in the 400m freestyle with a personal best time of 4.11.60.

He also set a new mark in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1.00.81.

In the final round of the Hampshire Minor League, Nomads B competed against the A teams of Winchester, City of Southampton, Hart and Rushmoor Royals.

The squad had done so well in the first round, they competed in the top gala in the league for the first time in 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.

Ellen Jewell took victory in the under-11 50m freestyle and Joanna Corben easily won the ladies’ open 100m backstroke.

Sam Cooper came out on top in the 15-and-under breaststroke, Daisy Ireland won the 13-and-under backstroke and Finch secured first place in the men’s open 100m backstroke.

The Nomads team swam 18 personal best times, with the highlight being the two-second improvement of Clive Marquis in the 100m freestyle, dipping under the 60-second barrier for the first time as he recorded 58.08.

A relatively inexperienced Nomads B squad finished second to Winchester City Penguins in the Hampshire Junior Cup.

Francis Moore and Jack Moyse both recorded wins.