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Young Synchro stars on form in Gloucester

3 December 2011

Day one of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships got underway with some sparkling displays from some of the country’s finest young Synchro talent.

Day ones competitions started with the Recreation Free Combinations 15/16/17 years age group which saw the team from Trafford crowned winners with an impressive 63.110. The team made up of April Rice, Jessica Southward, Emma Bowes, Bethany Howes, Jessica Crawford and Danielle Chandler were delighted with their winning routine which they performed to a medley of rock classics.

Danielle and Jessica said: “We were really pleased with our performance, especially the lifts. It’s so nice to perform as a group and to win is even better.”

The day’s second event was the Solos 13/14 Years age group, an event which was hotly contested with all eight girls taking part having been selected for the Talent Development Squad.

In the end, Lucy Bowes from Trafford was the clear winner with a fantastic overall score of 129.189. Lucy started her routine confidently despite it being brand new and maintained good body control and height throughout. Her routine was packed full of content and her speed across the pool was also really impressive.

A delighted Lucy, who was winner of the younger age group last year said: “That’s the best score I have ever achieved so I’m really happy. I can’t wait to get back in the pool tomorrow for the duet and team events.”

The first half of the day culminated with the Competitive Duets 12 & under age groups taking to the water. The competition was again fierce with some really creative choreography and strong performances from the duos. Bristol duet Chloe Shortman and Niamh Allanson-Campbell were the judges favourite, scoring 117.403. The battle for second and third place were closely contested with Trafford and Reading Royals scoring, 113.377 and 113.316 respectively. Winning combo Niamh and Chloe were delighted with their win saying: “This is our final competition together so it’s really nice that we won. We are really happy with our score, we had a few things to work on but we seemed to pull it out the bag today.”

Before the final events got under way the competitors and a delighted audience were treated to a breathtaking performance by the GB Synchronised Swimming Team. The team, who will compete in the Olympics next year, wowed the crowd with an exciting performance following their return from training in Florida.

The performance from the GB team kick-started the second half of competitions and certainly inspired some wonderful performances. The first event, Solos 15/16/17 years age group saw Rushmoor swimmer, Robyn Bignell take the gold medal with a score of 134.737. Robyn had good height throughout the elements of her routine and really creative arm movements. She performed the routine to the theme from Harry Potter, a family favourite and was very pleased to be awarded such good marks.

The penultimate event of the day was the Recreational Free Combination 13/14 Years which was won by the team from Birmingham with a score of 58.620. The young swimmers showed some real promise with their performance and said they ‘couldn’t stop smiling’ when they saw the judges scores.

Day one of the competition was finished in style with the Competitive Duets 18/19 Years. The final winners of the day were Isobel Collings and Charlotte Frost from Bristol who scored 126.291. Isobel said: “This is my last Nationals so I’m really pleased to go out with a win, it’s a nice way to finish. I also won the figures and Charlotte came second so it’s been a really good day all round.”

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

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