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Members of the Fareham Nomads squad
Members of the Fareham Nomads squad
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Fareham Nomads continued their excellent start to the season with one of their best-ever performances.

They won 14 of the 50 events in the latest round of Arena League division one west.

Amersham took the win on the night, with Tigers of Jersey in second spot.

Nomads were just two points further adrift in the gala which also featured Portsmouth Northsea B, Didcot Barramundi and Alton & District.

The superb performance placed Fareham in the top six of the division ahead of the final round on Saturday, December 12.

Head coach Stewart Crowe said: ‘There were 22 individual personal best times from a total of 34 events.

‘This was one of the best performances from the team in a long time.

‘It was particularly great to see the club come together to support those swimming – not only team-mates on the poolside but from family and friends in a sea of red on the balcony, too.

‘Both making a lot of noise to cheer the Nomads on.’

Six of the 14 wins came from the men’s open age group of Matthew Riley, Clive Marquis, Chris Finch, John Molyneaux, Michael Andrews and Jamie O’Donnell.

Finch won the 200m individual medley in 2min 9.61sec, before O’Donnell took the 100m butterfly in 57.6.

He followed the win up with a lifetime best in the 100m breaststroke, stopping the clock in 1.03.42.

By the halfway stage, Amersham had built up a commanding lead but Nomads trailed the Tigers by four points.

Another six points came from assistant coach John Molyneaux in the 100m backstroke (58.77), before the men’s squad won both open age relay events.

On a night of many outstanding performances, Daisy Ireland grabbed a double – and two personal bests – in the under-13 100m butterfly (1.11.61) and 100m freestyle (1.04.40).

Jessica Davies, 18, also struck twice in the ladies’ 100m backstroke (1.03.39) and 100m freestyle (58.88).

The Nomads, who are sponsored by Metis Homes, also tasted success with Matthew Sullivan in the under-13 100m backstroke (1.10.34) and James Baxter in the under-13 100m freestyle (1.00.96),

The duo then teamed up with Oliver Bulpett and Joe Davies to win the medley and freestyle relays.