Fareham Nomads talent Matthew Sullivan ended his year on a high by achieving eighth place in the 200m backstroke at his first ever ASA National Championships.
The determined 14-year-old recorded a personal best of 2min 20.71sec in the final at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.
It was an improvement of 2.3sec on the quickest time he had clocked prior to the event.
Nomads head coach John Molyneaux was delighted with the display.
He said: ‘Matthew has had a meteoric rise through the club system.
‘In the past two years he has swiftly moved from one of the club’s lower development squads to now being in the top squad.
‘Competing at his first national event, Matthew took it all in his stride, achieving a personal best and a big improvement (1.88sec) over his previous mark set just three weeks ago.
‘His time was good enough to make the final of the 13/14 year age group.
‘And he again swam to a best-ever time in the final, improving by a further 0.42.
‘The coaching staff are confident others within the club can emulate his success.’
Molyneaux and assistant coach Stewart Crowe, who has recently stepped down from the lead role, have been boosted in recent weeks by the allocation of additional pool time.
And they are confident a revised squad set-up will help the club move forward.
Fareham Nomads are a competitive swimming club affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), ASA South East Region and Hampshire County ASA (HCASA).
The club welcomes swimmers of all ambitions and abilities.
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