Next generation take to the stage on day two
30 November 2013
The second day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester saw the next generation of athletes step up to showcase their skills.
The day began with Figures a competition that assesses each age group’s ability to perform required Figures. The scores from each athlete’s Figures were added to their Solo and Duet scores.
Corrie Leech secured the gold medal in the 15-17 years Solo with an impressive performance that showcased her skills to perfection.
Leech competed at the European Junior Championships earlier this year and has been training at the High Performance Centre with the senior British athletes.
The Bristol Central athlete demonstrated good height and difficulty throughout her routine and was rewarded with a total of 70.7333 and won gold with a combined score of 137.6792.
“The theme of my routine is Iron Man because I like the film,” Leach said. “I have been really working on my height and presentation through the event. I want to really express myself throughout the routine.
“Working at the High Performance Centre and at European Juniors has given me more confidence and improved my strength and approach to synchro.
“I feel amazing right now because this is my first National title.”
The silver went to City of Birmingham’s Phoebe Bradley-Smith who performed a powerful routine to score 132.9061. Walsall’s Eleanor Holder scored a total of 131.3183.
After coming first in the 13-14 years Figure competition, Rebecca Richardson cemented her place on the title in her age group with a strong performance in the solo.
City of Leeds’ Richardson swam an excellent routine and scored best in her Artistic Impression. She finished to a combined score of 132.0778.
“I felt like that was a strong swim,” Richardson said. “I got a good Figures score so I didn’t feel nervous for the routine. I went into it with confidence and I put more performance into the routine.
“I was happy with the scores and this is my first age group title. I nailed my corrections but I have more things to work on for next year.”
The silver went to Chloe Shortman (Bristol Central) after scoring a combined total of 131.9370 and improved on her Figures ranking of fifth.
Reading Royals’ Emma Critchley took the final position on the podium with 128.0554 points after scoring 63.9000 for her Solo routine.
In the youngest age group of the competition Isabelle Thorpe and Kate Shortman (Bristol Central) won the gold medal with a score of 130.1275.
The pair went into the final as reigning champions and looked confident from the start of their fun and lively routine.
“We felt confident about the swim today,” Thorpe said. “We swam for each other as this is the last year in this age group.”
“The Duet is a fun event to swim because you have each other for support and we get on so the swim is good,” Shortman said. “Today we had good timing and got our corrections. We really enjoy that routine.”
Bristol Central’s Danielle Lloyd and Jemima Langton won the silver medal with 117.6343 points and bronze went to Abigail Taylor and Mimi Gray (Reading Royals) after scoring 116.7131.
City of Leeds’ Jessica Ranson and Rosie Barrington finished first in the 18-19 years Duet with a score of 127.5466.
City of Leeds’ Rosie Barrington took the title in the 18-19 year age group with a strong emotive routine.
Barrington, who is a previous British silver medallist, swam a well executed routine with good height and intensity throughout.
“I am really happy,” Barrington said. “The piece is called two steps from hell and I really enjoyed it. The figure in the middle is my favourite bit because of how it flows and travels through the pool. I think my facial expressions and my intensity throughout the routine were the best bits.”