Nova Centurion Celebrate Early Season Success

Posted by Denise Mead on 26 October 2017

This Level 1 licensed Open Meet was the best ever hosted by Nova with 502 swimmers participating in 2541 individual swims. These swimmers represented 52 different swimming clubs from across the United Kingdom with entries from clubs as far afield as West London, Milton Keynes and Wales.

All entries for Level 1 Open Meets have to be verified from the National ranking database because challenging qualification times have to be achieved. Notwithstanding these difficult entry criteria the interest in this meet was so high that for session timing reasons 186 entries had to be rejected from 131 different swimmers. 

Nova Centurion had 75 female swimmers and 63 male swimmers participating from their Nottingham, Mansfield and Newark swim squads. Of these numbers 44 female swimmers came home with medals and 38 male swimmers won medals. Collectively these Nova swimmers came away with a really impressive medal haul of 72 x Gold medals, 73 x Silver medals and 69 x Bronze medals. In addition to the medal haul and probably more impressive was the fact that 111 of the Nova swimmers achieved at least one new Long Course Personal Best time and collectively set a total of an incredible 443 new PB records over the weekend.    

Freya Colbert (13yrs) made her competitive debut for Nova this weekend and really impressed by finishing as the top medal winner from the Nova team. Freya won 6 x Gold medals and 2 x Silver medals from her races.

Also representing Nova Centurion for the first time this weekend were senior swimmers Polly Holden from Newcastle, Staffordshire and Cira Fletcher from Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire. Both these swimmers joined the Nova Centurion swim programme having recently enrolled at the University of Nottingham. Another Nova debutant at this competition was Joshua Tapsell who recently joined from a Leicestershire swimming club.    

Joshua Harris (16yrs) was the top male, medal winner from the Nova team winning 5 x Gold medals and 1 x Bronze medal.

Paralympic athletes Ollie Hynd MBE and Ellie Simmonds OBE also competed at this event together with other local disabled athletes including the current Nottinghamshire disabled junior sports person of the year Ben Foulston.

Nathan Hilton, the Director of Coaching at Nova Centurion said after the Open Meet, "This weekend proved to be the most successful Nova Open Meet that we have ever hosted. We had large numbers of quality swimmers participating from all over the UK which resulted in exciting races and some really fast early season swimming. Our swimmers focused on some excellent process goals which ultimately resulted in increased skill levels, an impressive haul of medals and a large number of new Personal Best times. We will continue to progress these process goals through hard work in training and at our scheduled future competitions. I would like to thank all involved in organising this superb event, thank all of the Nova coaching team and all the Nova swimmers for their efforts."

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Article by:  Andrew Quinn

Media Officer for Nova Centurion SC

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