Fareham Nomads Swimming Club entered their largest team yet to the Swim England South East Open Water Championships.

The group of nine swimmers came away with five medals from the competition at Westhampnett Lake in Chichester.

Laura Molyneaux and husband John Molyneaux both took gold medals in the 3,000m race in their respective 25-34 year age groups in times of 38.40.14 and 37.58.93.

Tom Dickson, 14, finished ahead of teammate John to finish sixth in his age in a time of 37.30.22.

Also in the 3,000m event, Jacqui King claimed gold in the 45-54 age group in a time of 46.59.35, while Gemma Knipe achieved silver in the 35-44 age group in a time of 49.34.96. Evie Rowsell, raced hard to finish in sixth in the 14-years age group in a time of 39.59.55.

Emma Miles, a Nomad swimmer racing for the Royal Navy, took home gold in the 5,000m race in a time of 1.10.26.87. Having moved up an age group, it was the first time Matthew Sullivan swam 5,000m and achieved seventh in the 16-years age group.

Harriet Burnham, 13, completed the 2,000m event and finished 13th in a time of 27.31.00.

John Molyneaux, Nomads open water coach and master’s swimmer, said: ‘This is the first year Fareham Nomads has branched out to open water training sessions.

‘The swimmers have been working hard to refine the open water skills they don’t use in the pool – such as sighting and drafting – so it was great to see so many of them putting what they have learnt in our sessions into their races. 

‘They are a great bunch who obviously enjoy swimming outside as much as inside!’

   

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