Fareham Nomads claim honours

Havant & Waterlooville's Emily O'Connor Picture: Mick Young
Havant & Waterlooville's Emily O'Connor Picture: Mick Young
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Fareham Nomads took the honours at the recent Peter Bull Open Meet with an impressive team performance.

The Fareham club clocked up 198 personal best times from 294 swims as their young talents rose to the occasion, which saw them claim the title by a healthy margin from their nearest rivals – Winchester City Penguins and Locks Heath Swim Squad.

The 50-strong team were keen to regain the trophy they last held in 2013, after losing the title to Portsmouth Northsea last year.

And they claimed 23 gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze medals on their way to victory.

Stewart Crowe, head coach of Fareham Nomads, said: ‘The result was further evidence that the club has made a massive improvement during the past two years.

‘Credit to the swimmers, coaching staff and all those behind the scenes at the club.

‘Swimmers from across all sections of the club contributed.’

Hosts Havant & Waterlooville were also in action with Austin Slade Jeffrey, Imogen Miller, Alex Chun, Lucy Ellis and Kelly Kovacs turning in some stand-out displays.

Coach Graham Pople said: ‘The club did really well at the competition and there’s nothing like a great round of finishes to help boost the team’s morale.’

Fareham’s top performer was 10-year old Olivia Busher, who claimed gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle and butterfly.

She also added silver medals in the 200m freestyle, individual medley, breaststroke and 100m individual medley in a remarkable effort.

Christian Price grabbed triple gold success and three personal-best times, while Daisy Ireland also swam away with three gold medals.

Younger brother Ryan Ireland also chipped in with two golds, one silver and a bronze.

Anna Ross continued her recent improvement with two victories, while Oliver Bulpett added to the club’s tally with two golds, one silver and a bronze.

Maddy Thompson enjoyed a successful event with two golds, two silvers and three bronze medals.

Oliver Burton, Edward Hollands, Ellen Jewell, Fiona Murdoch, Rebecca Young, Matthew Sullivan, Holly Blake, Nathaniel Foster, Emma Davies, Ben King, Shona McGrath, Ethan Childs and Harriet Burnham were also among the list of Nomads to claim medals.