21 May 2018
The final day of the 2018 East Midlands Regional Championships took place at the 50m International Pool at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on Bank Holiday Monday the 7th May 2018. The elite Nova Centurion swim squad ended these Championships in fantastic style by adding to their medal haul from the 2 other weekends of competition in both individual and team relay events. The final day saw Nova swimmers add another 12 Gold medals, 6 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals. This meant that over all 3 weekends of competition Nova's Youth swimmers (14yrs and above) finished 2nd in the medal table with 32 Golds, 23 Silvers and 18 Bronze medals whilst Nova's Age group swimmers (11 - 13yrs) finished well clear at the top of the medal table with 16 Golds, 22 Silvers and 16 Bronze medals.
Individual Medal winners on final day of Championships
Freya Colbert 14yrs won the Gold medal in the 800m Freestyle event in a time of 9.02.70. Freya also won Gold in the final of the 50m Backstroke event in a time of 31.22.
Liam Dawson 13yrs won the Gold medal in the 1500m Freestyle event in a time of 17.31.40.
Matthew Woodhall 14yrs won the Gold medal in the 1500m Freestyle event in a time of 17.28.57.
Joseph Kingsland 15yrs won the Gold medal in the 1500m Freestyle event in a time of 16.23.05.
Hollie-Mae Dove 15yrs won the Gold medal in the 50m Breaststroke final in a time of 34.69.
Amy Mead 16yrs won the Gold medal in the 50m Breaststroke final in a time of 34.86.
Cole Hewitt 16yrs won the Gold medal in the 50m Butterfly final in a time of 27.07.
Cira Fletcher 17yrs and over won the Gold medal in the 50m Breaststroke final in a time of 33.31 to make it a hat trick of Gold medals in the 50m Breaststroke finals at 15, 16 and 17yrs and over age groups.
Polly Holden 17yrs and over won the Gold medal in the 800m Freestyle event in a time of 8.53.96. Polly also won a Silver medal in the 17yrs and over 50m Freestyle final.
Kallum Quirke12yrs won the Silver medal in the 1500m Freestyle event.
Livia Kingsland 13yrs won the Silver medal in the 800m Freestyle event.
Emma Erskine 14yrs won the Silver medal in the 50m Backstroke event finishing just behind team mate Freya Colbert in this final.
Olivia Humphrey 15yrs won the Silver medal in the 800m Freestyle event.
Mollie Wright 17yrs and over made it a 1st/2nd place success for Nova in this category by winning the Silver medal in the 800m Freestyle event behind team mate Polly Holden.
Dominic Bools 15yrs won the Bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke final.
Rebecca Flisher 16yrs won the Bronze medal in the 800m Freestyle event.
Kathryn Henderson 17yrs and over won the Bronze medal in the final of the 50m Backstroke event.
Team Relay Medal winners on final day of Championships
Nova's 14-16yrs Girls relay team consisting of Freya Colbert, Annie Pearson, Amy Mead and Rebecca Flisher won the Gold medal in a very exciting 4 x 200m Freestyle race in a time of 8.33.93 with Rebecca Flisher swimming a huge personal best time on the last leg to overtake the City of Leicester team on the last 25m of the race.
Nova's 17yrs and over relay team consisting of Polly Holden, Mollie Wright, Kathryn Henderson and Cira Fletcher won the Gold medal in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay event in a time of 8.39.57.
Nova's 14-16yrs Boys relay team consisting of Joseph Kingsland, Andrew Hall, Dominic Bools and Joseph Sadler won a Bronze medal in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay event.
Nathan Hilton, Director of Coaching, said
“What fantastic regional championships for all the Nova swimmers, we have seen many great performances over the 3 weekends with the prime focus on trying to develop races processes to improve performance outcomes. Overall this has meant that combined (Age & Youth Champs) we finished as the best programme in the region.
Overall a fantastic achievement for all the swimmers, coaches, parents & volunteers and I would like to congratulate everyone on their hard work & commitment over the past 4 years to get us to this point. If we keep pushing I am sure we will go on to achieve significantly more and re-establish Nova as one of the country’s top senior performance programmes.
One final thank you must go to all the Nottinghamshire base clubs for all their fantastic work and supporting the pathway to get the youngsters to this level and to all our supporting partners, this would not be possible without all of them.”