Fareham Nomads masters make history with medal collection

Fareham Nomads masters swimmers
Fareham Nomads masters swimmers
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Six members from Fareham Nomads were in superb form at the National Masters Championships.

They became the most successful masters team in the club’s history with a total of eight gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals.

Jo Corben, Tony Corben, Laura Molyneaux, John Molyneaux, Noemie Peignon and Claire Tagg represented Fareham Nomads at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

A Nomads ladies’ medley team was entered for the first time, with Jo Corben, Claire Tagg, Noemie Peignon and Laura Molyneaux winning gold in a time of 5min 01.74sec.

Nomads assistant coach John Molyneaux won gold medals in the 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke, posting impressive times of 27.58, 1.00.11 and 2.14.61 respectively.

He demonstrated his all-round ability with gold in the 200m individual medley, winning this event by a clear four seconds in a time of 2.17.96.

Molyneaux also gained silver in the 400m individual medley (5.00.43).

Head coach Stewart Crowe said: ‘Previously the masters had been represented at this level by Jo and Tony Corben, however with the formation of a dedicated masters squad the club have a new star in John Molyneaux, the club’s assistant coach.

‘It was great to see many former swimmers back in the pool and still enjoy competitive swimming.

‘The team have a strong work ethic and great camaraderie.’

Jo Corben picked up golds in the 100m (1.09.45) and 200m backstroke (2.29.42).

Noemie Peignon also won gold in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2.46.07, with her team-mate Laura Molyneaux securing a silver medal in 2.50.40.

Tony Corben recorded his best times for many years, with two bronze medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly, in times of 1.15.65 and 2.58.49.