Havant & Waterlooville and Fareham Nomads enjoy duel in the pool

Jessica Pettitt and Amber Fall, from Havant & Waterlooville, in the girls 9-13 200m IM heat. Picture: Mick Young 150649-05
Jessica Pettitt and Amber Fall, from Havant & Waterlooville, in the girls 9-13 200m IM heat. Picture: Mick Young 150649-05
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The Swim out of your Skin Open delivered some exciting races with a twist at Waterlooville Leisure Centre.

Joint hosts Havant & Waterlooville (H&W) and Fareham Nomads ended up involved in a duel in the pool as the competition format was a big success.

Callum Machin, Fareham Nomads, in the boys' 9-13 200m IM heat. Pic Mick Young 150649-10

Callum Machin, Fareham Nomads, in the boys' 9-13 200m IM heat. Pic Mick Young 150649-10

The swimmers do battle over a series of races with the last one in each eliminated.

H&W head coach Graham Pople decided to bring the format back.

He said: ‘The skins comes from an event where the last swimmer in each race gets eliminated.

‘We decided to bring it back and it went really, really well.

Havant's Daniel Stock swimming at Waterlooville. Picture: Mick Young 150649-15

Havant's Daniel Stock swimming at Waterlooville. Picture: Mick Young 150649-15

‘It makes it a little bit more interesting than the usual format of races.

‘The whole of the swim team did really well.’

Theo Rogers, Alex Chun, Lucy Peers and Jessica Pettitt all produced superb displays, among a strong H&W contingent of racers.

Hamble also sent a good group but it became a friendly battle between the two host clubs.

Pople added: ‘It turned into a duel in the pool between us and Fareham.

‘Both clubs had good support for their swimmers and it was a good atmosphere.’

It was the busiest weekend of the year for Fareham Nomads, with 50 members competing at the Swim out of your Skin meet.

After an exhausting day at Waterlooville, many of the Fareham youngsters then also turned out in the evening at an inter-club Premier League Rother gala.

They faced a difficult challenge, competing against Winchester City Penguins, Worthing, Hart and Ringwood Seals.

The individual winners for the team were 10-year old Ellen Jewell, in the under-12 50m backstroke, with a time of 36.68sec and the 50m butterfly (36.65). Hannah Cooper won the under-13 50m breaststroke (40.58) to make it a treble for Nomads.

Silver medals went to Joe Davies, Daisy Ireland, Francis Moore, George Lambert, Ellie Sproul, Thomas Dickson, Ryan Ireland, Anna Ross and Ben King.

Head coach Stewart Crowe said: ‘The mental toughness of so many young swimmers was probably one of the most pleasing aspects of the gala, together with a better display of technical skills from starting, turning and finishing.’

Nomads finished third in the meeting as they picked up 146 points.

Winchester were first with 212 and Worthing finished second as they collected 159 points.

Hart were fourth with 138 and Ringwood finished fifth on 104.

Crowe added: ‘During the past 12 to 18 months a vast amount of improvement has been made by the majority of swimmers which is very promising for the future success of the club.

‘This is now being noticed with swimmers joining from other clubs.’