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National Age Group Synchro Champs fabulous final day

4 December 2011

Following an exciting first day at Gloucester’s GL1 Leisure Centre for the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships day two of the competition saw some equally impressive performances.

The first event of the day saw the competitions youngest swimmers take to the water in the Competitive Solos. All eight girls performed extremely confidently for such young athletes getting the day off to an energetic start. Chloe Shortman from Bristol was the winner of the event with a score of 122.817. Judges marked her highly for her energy and expression in the water as well as her impressive coverage of the pool. Chloe was also ranked highest in the figures competition and won gold yesterday with Niamh Allanson-Campbell in the duets.

The second two events of the day saw the Competitive Duets take to the pool, 13/14 Years and then 15/16/17 Years age groups respectively. The winners of the 13/14 Years age group were Jorja Brown and Hannah Randall from Rushmoor with a score of 126.209. The duo had a routine packed full of impressive content, they worked well together as a team, remaining close throughout their performance and demonstrated again the wonderful technique that won them the gold medal last year. The two girls were delighted with their score saying: “We are really happy with how our events have gone so far. We’re looking forward to the team event tonight now!”

The older age group, 15/16/17 Years winners were yesterday’s Solo winner Robyn Bignell and her partner Lucy Hockin from the Rushmoor team. The pair, who also won this event last year held their title with a score of 129.732, quite a way ahead of the rest of the field. The duo performed some particularly nice assisted lifts and excited both the audience and judges with their sudden changes of direction and synchronised open leg spin down.

Following the lunchtime break it was the turn of the days Recreational Free Combination events, 12 & under first followed by the 19 & under age group. The winner from the younger age group was the team from Walsall with a score of 54.050. The team impressed the judges with their routine to the music from the film Madagascar which included three well executed lifts.

In the older age group the winners were City of Birmingham who scored 62.350 with their lively and fun routine. The team were closely followed by the teams from Seymour and Rugby who were second and third respectively.

The final trio of events from this year’s competition welcomed the teams to the water. The level of skill in the water was high across all age groups with some really exciting choreography incorporating interesting elements into fun, lively and engaging routines.

The victorious team in the 12 & under age group was Bristol with a score of 114.300.The teams’ choreography was fantastic with them managing to perform some difficult lifts extremely well. This win bought team member Chloe Shortman’s total gold medal haul to an astounding four medals. Delighted with her performances this weekend, “I’m over the moon with my nationals this year, I can’t stop smiling.” Chloe laughed. “It’s been really hard work but it was worth it.”

In the Teams 13/14 Years the team from Rushmoor which contained Duet gold medallists Jorja Brown and Hannah Randall and Solo winner Imogen Smith was victorious with a score of 122.004 for their routine which they performed to the theme song from Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. The performance was packed full of highlights including a number of lifts and difficult pattern changes. This is the second year in a row Rushmoor have won this event.

The final winners of the day in the Teams 15/16/17 Years age group was again Rusmoor with an impressive score of 125.393. Their routine was performed to Exotica and contained some really beautiful choreography that incorporated some great lifts, fantastic height out of the water and good facial expressions throughout. This win for the Rushmoor team bought the total medal haul for Robyn Bignell to four golds which, along with Chloe Shortman, was the highest total in the competition.

A really impressive weekend all round in Gloucester with some of the country's finest young Synchro talent showing lots of promise for the future. Well done everyone!

A full list of results from the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships are available here.

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