Golden trip for England Talent Synchro

1 July 2014

The ASA’s England Talent Synchronised Swimming teams impressed in both the Junior and Age Group competitions at the 2014 Promorje Cup last month, returning from Croatia with three golds.

Click here for full results from the 2014 Primorje Cup.The Age Group team consisted of 10 athletes aged 13 - 15 years old and the Junior team consisted of 11 athletes aged 15 - 18 years old.

The Junior squad had some very tough opposition in the figures, solo and duet events from a set of triplets who used to swim as the top pairing for Greece but are now waiting for their citizenship for Austria.

ASA England Talent Synchronised Swimming Age Group Team Primorje Cup 2014Our top junior athlete in figures was Corrie Leech achieving 11th place with a score of 65.7 with Phoebe Bradley-Smith following in 12th place. Bradley-Smith then performed a near perfect solo routine to finish in seventh with a score of 67.7.

Leech and Elise Denner performed a well-synchronised and technically difficult duet routine, finishing in a close fourth place. Lara Hockin and Emma Carpenter also performed a duet routine, finishing just behind the other England pair in fifth.

The Junior team swam the 2012 Olympic Peter Pan routine, a well-executed routine with difficult figures, pattern changes and faultless lifts. They were in a class of their own, scoring 71 and achieving first place ahead of the home team from Croatia.

The Age Group squad were well placed after the figures competition with all team athletes finishing in the top 20 out of 60 participants. England's top four athletes took second through to fifth with the top English figures scorer Kate Shortman - the youngest athlete in the competition - as she finished on 65.3.

She paired with Isabelle Thorpe - the second youngest - for the duet and they out-shone their competitors with a fast, clean routine to clinch the gold medal with a score of 67.4. Once the figures were added, they finished a total of four marks ahead of their Austrian competitors.

ASA England Talent Synchronised Swimming Duet Primorje Cup 2014

Rebecca Richardson swam an expressive solo routine scoring 67.7, and won bronze behind the Hungarian and Austrian competitors. The team, like the juniors, were in a league of their own, giving valuable routine and competition experience to these young talented athletes. They swam a shorter version of the Peter Pan routine, demonstrating the routine's artistic features and creative lifts, and won gold ahead of the Czech and Austrian teams.

The athletes have now returned to their clubs. The junior athletes will be training for the England 15+ trial in September and the Age Group squad will be coming together for a further two training camps before heading to the Mediterranean Cup in September. Tthis will give them an opportunity to compete against some of the best countries and competitors of their age from around the world.

About England Talent Synchro

The vision for the year was to improve athletes' overall performance in figures and routines, to influence their fitness and flexibility and to generally increase their technical skills, standards and expectations, as well as preparing them to compete on the world stage by exposure to an international competition.

The ASA England Talent squads were selected in December from results of the National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships and a trial camp. The squads are coached by staff from the Beacon programmes and team managed by the Talent Development Officer.

The training is a mixture of camps and weekends, approximately 25 contact days. Both squads travelled to Croatia arriving late in the evening ready to start training and competing in the days after - a good test for these young athletes.

The facilities at the Primorje Cup are stunning. The pool is set in the beautiful Croatian coastal town of Rijeka, the indoor 50m pool with sliding roof was the venue for the competition.

Junior Squad

  • Robyn Stanhope (Rushmoor/Portsmouth Victoria)
  • Holly Morgan (Bristol Central)
  • Emma Carpenter (Rushmoor)
  • Olivia Monks (Trafford)
  • Elise Denner (Bristol Central)
  • Esme Lower (Reading Royals)
  • Lara Hockin (Rushmoor)
  • Phoebe Bradley-Smith (City of Birmingham)
  • Corrie Leech (Bristol Central)
  • Alice Dewhirst (City of Leeds)
  • Rachel Lee (City of Leeds)

Age Group Squad

  • Isabelle Thorpe (Bristol Central)
  • Kate Shortman (Bristol Central)
  • Chloe Shortman (Bristol Central)
  • Emma Critchley (Reading Royals)
  • Victoria Usher (Reading Royals)
  • Rebecca Richardson (City of Leeds)
  • Charlotte Davis (Bristol Central)
  • Zoe James (Rushmoor)
  • Danielle Cooper (Rushmoor)
  • Hannah Mulshaw (Reading Royals)
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