SWIMMERS of all ages won medals and produced personal bests in Fareham Nomads’ thrilling midsummer meet on Sunday.
The meet, held at Waterlooville Leisure Centre, attracted 11 clubs, with the furthest coming from Pembroke, west Wales.
Head coach Stewart Crowe, who only returned to Nomads last September, said: ‘Overall, the Fareham swimmers did exceptionally well.
‘We had 243 personal-best times, which is a return of 65 per cent.
‘At this time of year, as we come up to the end of the season, any coach would be pleased if they swim at their fastest.’
Seventy Fareham swimmers, from the age of nine up to the masters age category, took part in nearly 400 events.
Between them, they came away with 200 medals – 81 golds, 60 silver and 59 bronze.
Anna Ross, 12, qualified for the Irish national age groups in the 100m and 200m backstroke and will compete in Dublin next month.
She underlined her intent with a PB in the 200m backstroke, clocking a time of 2min 48.44sec to clinch second spot.
She then won the 50m breaststroke (44.04), claimed third in the 50m backstroke in a time of 38.01 and was also on the podium in the 200m individual medley (3.03.74)
Assistant coach John Molyneux led by example in the masters by taking the 100m backstroke title in 1.00.46, ahead of club-mates Christopher Finch and Michael Andrews.
Molyneux also won the 50m backstroke (28.17) and then completed a hat-trick of golds in the 50m butterfly.
Crowe said: ‘It’s great for the youngsters to watch the older swimmers.
‘We hope they will aspire to be as good if not better than the current swimmers. The signs are good for the future and I’m extremely pleased with what we’ve achieved.
‘I’ve been given a lot of support from the parents and children and now we’re getting the results.’
In the 50m girls’ freestyle, there were wins for Zara Mitchard (31.29) in the 13-years category and new member Alicia Judd (30.17) in the 14-years section.
Havant & Waterlooville’s Samantha Britton (32.51) finished second in the 12 years race ahead of Ross (33.95).
She also picked up silver in the 100m butterfly (1.23.02) and 100m freestyle (1.12.34) and gold in the 50m butterfly (35.62).
Competition was fierce between Alice Moyse and Xanthe West in the 13 years 100m breaststroke, but Moyse just edged out her team-mate by three tenths of a second in a time of 1.30.00.
A silver medal was awarded to Jack Moyse in the 11 years 50m butterfly after his time of 51.00, ahead of Nathan Mitchard (56.64)
Ethan Childs, 12, picked up a bronze in the same event (46.78) but just missed out on the medals in the 100m backstroke (1.34.97)
Elsewhere, Jo Corben, 44, won gold in the masters 200m backstroke in 2.26.
There were also notable performances from Hannah Cooper (50m breaststroke), April Hernandez and Jessica Davies (both 100m freestyle) and Madison Thompson (200m IM).
Meanwhile, Daniel Alberts was one of the standout performers in the 16-years-and-over category.
He produced winning times of 2:49.12 in the 200m breaststroke and 2:13.11 200m backstroke.