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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NOVA Swimmers triumph at the British Open


  • Sasha Matthews 8th 200 Fr, 6th 400 Fr both in season best times.
  • Fiona Donnelly 8th 200 Fly. Swam season bests in all events, 50 & 100 Fly, 200 IM.
  • Natasha Hofton 6th 200 Bc in a season best time.
  • Luke Howdle 6th 200 fly in a personal best time. Season best on 200 Br.
  • Iain Macmillan 8th 200 fly in a season best time. Season best on 100 Fly.


  • Rosie Rudin 1st jnr 400 IM (EJC QT), 4th jnr 200 IM (EJC QT), 6th jnr 200 Bc. All in personal best times.
  • Amber Keegan 2nd jnr 400 IM (EJC QT) in personal best time.
  • Karl Morgan 2nd jnr 100 Fr (GBR ‘B’ team consideration) in personal best time, 4th jnr 50 Fr in season best time.

Both Rosie and Amber have made the qualifying standards for the GBR Junior European Team and will be under strong consideration for their first International call up. Karl Morgan will be considered for the GBR ‘B’ team and have an outside chance of consideration for the EJC team based on his strong performances in the shorter Freestyle events.

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“The latest bright sparks to emerge from Nova Centurion, Rosie Rudin and Amber Keegan, took a 1-2 finish for their club in the 16 and unders 400IM. Their respective times of 4:51.68 and 4:52.23 took them inside the target times for representing Britain at the European Junior Championships in Poznan, Poland.”

The senior swimmers made very strong performances not tapered to qualify for finals against a high quality International field. Most of the seniors have just emerged from the junior ranks and so the ability to race the more established International swimmers was very promising at the start of a new Olympic cycle. Many season best times and personal best times showed the progress the swimmers have made as they focus towards World Trials and the National Championships in the summer. Nova were considered as one of the stand out squads at the meet.

Disability Swimmers

Nova Paralympic gold and silver medalists Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw were competing in the British Gas open Championships in Leeds, while this was a swim through meet for both swimmers who are still in heavy training in preparation for the world championship trials in April. Both swam gave solid performances with Charlotte taking Silver in the Multi Class Class women’s 100m Breaststroke and Ollie taking a bronze in the Multi Class Men’s 400m Freestyle, and 5th & 4th places in the 100m Backstroke and 200m ind medley.

Trials for the IPC World Championships take place in Sheffield 25th-28th April 2013.

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