Rushmoor and Bristol take the Competitive Team titles at the Synchro Champs in Gloucester

5 Dec 2010

The second and final day of the British Gas ASA National Age Groups Synchronised Swimming Championships was dominated by Bristol Central, Rushmoor and Trafford Synchro athletes.

Rushmoor showed their strength in the Competitive Teams events, taking two out of the three age groups.

In the 12 & under teams Rushmoor, the reigning holders, swam fourth and the eight swimmers impressed with their ‘A Shark’s Tale’ routine which showed good travel and good energy, as well as plenty of choreography to represent the theme. The routine collected 56.625 points from the judges, leaving the team with a final score of 56.548. Bristol Central SC took silver and Reading Royals bronze.

Team captain Emma Carpenter said: “We all said before the swim just go out and do the best we can, so we just went for it. The lifts were good, all three of them. I’m so happy I just want to do it again. “

It was a similar story in the 13/14yrs teams where Rushmoor started with a brilliant boost move and carried on the creativity right until the end, with a fun lift to finish. The Nanny McPhee inspired routine was awarded 63.875 by the judges and when combined with the Figures scores the team finished on 60.221. Silver went to Reading Royals and bronze to City of Leeds SSC.

“All the lifts worked and our coach [ex British athlete Louise Wooley] said it was the best we had swum it,” said Jorja Brown.

Brown, who herself has had a successful Champs added: “I’m really proud of my achievements. I didn’t think I’d do that well.”

But in the 15/16/17yrs teams Bristol Central SC spoilt the party, taking the title with an overall score of 65.005, after their Avatar themed routine proved technically and creatively strong and scored 70.625. Rushmoor had to settle for silver, with Reading Royals the bronze.

Emma Holloway said: “It was a really strong performance with minimal errors. There was a bit of pressure because it was the last performance but it was a great way to round off the day. And the 7s were what we wanted.”

Solo goes to Trafford Synchro

Lucy Bowes had got Trafford Synchro’s day off to a winning start in the 12&under Competitive Solos. She showed why she was ahead of the rest of the field with her creatively choreographed Twilight themed routine. She showed good height out of the water, complicated figures and fast spins to impress the judges and become the only girl in the age group to break into the 60s with her 60.750.

Bowes, who took the gold medal in the Duet, also won the Figures competition yesterday to give her a combined score of 61.319 for the title.

In the 13/14 Duets Jorja Brown and Hannah Randall (Rushmoor) set the standard right from the start with an explosive assisted lift and their presentation throughout the routine was good, scoring them five scores in the 6s for artistic impression.

Randall and Brown, who took the silver and bronze medal respectively in yesterday’s Figures, scored 60.375 for the routine, taking the duet gold with an overall score of 59.163.

While in the 15/16/17yrs Competitive Duets, it was Rushmoor’s Robyn Bignell and Lucy Hockin whose dramatic routine to music from the film Avatar – a popular choice during the Champs – scored 66.875, including a score of 7.1 for artistic impression from one of the judges. The routine had showed creativity from the start and also featured two well executed assisted lifts. 

Hockin said: “It just went really well, particularly the lifts, and there were no timing errors. We were just aiming for 7s.” While Bignell added: “It was a really good swim but I do think the marks were fairly low for everyone.”

In the 12&under Recreational Combination it was Bristol Central SC who took the gold with a Fame inspired routine. The assisted lifts and a nice highlight to end were enough to take the gold with 53.500.

Hattie Langdon said: “We’re really happy with our gold medal. The routine went really well.”
And in the older 19&under Recreational Combination it was Trafford who took the title. The fast tempo routine, which included several interesting highlights and good assisted lifts, sat well with the judges, who scored the six swimmers at 61.125. And although Rugby’s 10-strong team tried to fight back they had to settle for silver with 60.125.

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