Bowes and Spencer sync a golden routine on day three

2nd December 2012

Lucy Bowes and Isabelle Spencer shone to secure duet gold on the final day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester.

The Trafford Synchro SC pair performed with passion and grace as they took home the crown in the 13/14 age group Duet competition with a final score of 127.209.

It was the best performance we had ever done.

Bowes, who also took gold in the 13/14 Solo competition, said: “It was the best performance we had ever done, we have never swum together in a big competition like this and it has been a really good experience.”

Spencer added: “We have only been together for a year so it was a really strong performance and our timing was really good.”

Another recently formed duet, Hayley Clarke and Imogen Smith (Rushmoor Synchro SC) saw their hard work pay off as they came a close second with a score of 125.661. Chloe Shortman and Elise Denner (Bristol Central) took home bronze with 125.048.

The high standard of performances continued in the 15/16/17 age group Duet competition as Rushmoor’s Amy Campbell and Jodie Cowie performed a fierce and energetic routine to win gold with a score of 129.103.

Campbell, who won the 15/16/17 Solo title on day two in Gloucester, said: “I really enjoyed that performance. My legs felt like jelly half way through but I had a lot of fun.”

Another Rushmoor pair, Hannah Randall and Jorja Brown, came just shy of their club teammates, taking second place with 128.324 while Jessica Ranson and Rosie Barrington (City of Leeds) secured bronze with 127.870.

There were some spectacular routines performed in the U12 Solo event with impressive energy and dramatic choreography from the youngest competitors at the meet.

Kate Shortman (Bristol Central SC) was the top performer on the day, topping the podium on 125.511 ahead of her Duet partner Isabelle Thorpe who took silver with 121.594.

Reading Royals’ Victoria Usher clinched bronze on 117.277.

The afternoon session kicked off with the U12 team event. Bristol Central SC stormed to victory with a very energetic performance (117.605) ahead of Trafford Synchro (110.301) and Rugby SC (109.822).

Our main aim was to make sure all our lifts were up and they were so they worked really well.

Rushmoor struck gold for a second year running in the 13/14 age group team event as their nine swimmers put in a spectacular performance to score 121.700.

Rushmoor swimmer Lara Hockin said: “Our main aim was to make sure all our lifts were up and they were so they worked really well, we were really pleased with our performance, it was so much fun.”

Bristol Central SC performed an exhilarating and vibrant routine to secure silver (120.514) while Trafford Synchro clinched bronze with 118.852.

The final event of the Championships saw Reading Royals SC claim victory with a distinctively powerful routine in the 15/16/17 team event, scoring 131.261.

Rushmoor came a close second (129.130) while City of Leeds took bronze with 126.099.


  • Click here for full results from the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships 2012.
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