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Woolley dominates for second year running at Masters Synchro Champs

11 November 2013

Louise Woolley dominated for the second year running at the British Gas ASA Masters Synchronised Swimming Championships 2013 in Telford this weekend, winning the technical and free solo events in her age group.

Former GB team member, Woolley, looked strong in her technical solo, taking the win in the 20-29yrs age category with a score of 70.750 points.

The Rushmoor SC athlete showed complete control, making use of the entire pool with fluid transitions between figures and good height out of the water.

Woolley's free routine saw her claim 70.526 points – almost 10 points clear of her rivals. This, combined with her technical score, gave her a cumulative result of 141.279 to beat her own total at the event last year.

The battle for the remaining podium positions was tightly contested between Bethan Heap (City of Preston) who took silver with 127.763 and Kingston Ladies SC’s Francesca Stevens (127.288).

In the 30-39yrs ago group, Seymour swimmer Elizabeth Winter won both the technical and free routines over her Halifax rival Charlotte Hughes.

Winter looked strong as she powered through the water to score 63.250 for her technical performance and 65.163 in her free routine for a combined overall score of 128.413 - a personal best performance.

Hughes fought hard in her swims but could not match Winter on her technical or free routines, scoring 61.750 and 61.626 respectively (123.376 overall).

City of Preston swimmer Fiona Haworth (66.500) secured the win in the 40-49yrs ago group for her technical routine, with Seymour’s Charlotte Hedge (60.125) and Rugby SSC swimmer Elaine Bell (51.250) claiming second and third respectively.

In a mirror result of the technical routines, Haworth sealed the top spot in the free routine for an overall score of 132.938. Hedge (119.125) and Bell (101.175) secured the remaining medals.

As sole representatives from their age groups, Seymour’s Susan Innes (50-59yrs) and Leeds SSC swimmer Jeanne Ansley (60-69yrs) were automatically guaranteed gold in both technical and free events. However, this did not deter either athlete from pulling out all the stops to win in style.

Ansley gave her all with an impressive display of speed and control in her technical (53.125) and free solo (53.175) to score 106.300 – beating her score from last year’s competition.

Innes also out-performed her result from 2012, with a total point score of 55.000 in her technical and 54.638 for her free – scoring 109.438 overall.

In the 50-59yrs technical and free duets, Seymour Synchro pair Charlotte Hedge and Susan Innes took the gold medal scoring 55.938 and 54.750 in their technical and free routines respectively.

Last year’s winners Linda Doidge and Anne Long (Brighton Dolphins) stole silver with points scores of 55.538 and 54.500, and whilst teammates Gaye Greely and Margaret Hamerton scored 53.225 and 54.750 to secure bronze.

Megan Hughes and Fiona Haworth took to the water once again in the 30-39yrs duets, executing their technical and free routines with precision to win their category with 62.875 and 66.213.

Rushmoor Royals duo Louise Woolley and April Poulter took gold in the 20-29yrs age group with points totals of 66.125 and 69.388.

With just one team in each age group, the top podium position was already decided in the 35-49yrs and 50-59yrs technical and free team events, however this did not stop Rugby SC and Brighton Dolphins putting on a show.

The 35-49yrs team from Rugby of Kay Ridler, Joyce Williams, Elaine Bell and Clare Cambridge posted scores of 48.000 and 50.051 in the technical and free swims respectively, whilst Brighton Dolphins (50-59yrs team) of Linda Doidge, Anne Long, Gaye Greely and Margaret Hammerton scored 52.750 and 53.476.

The 20-34yrs technical and free team event gold went to Rushmoor Royals’ team of Louise Woolley, April Poulter, Debbie Carpenter, Sarah Dunford, Emma Cole, Hannah Cole, Holly Ramskir, Leonie Kearn, Emma Adams and Hayley Cornick who scored 63.375 and 64.701 respectively for an overall score of 128.076.

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