Bristol Central dominate final day of British Champs
13 April 2014
The final day of the British Gas Synchro Championships 2014 saw explosive performances across the domestic and international entries.
Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas of Canada won gold in the international duet thanks to great height in their figures and an impressive double lift which showed excellent synchronisation, receiving an impressive score of 87.4667.
The Netherlands' Christina Maat and Margot de Graaf performed a dynamic routine with clean and crisp leg movements to secure 81.1333 for silver while the second Dutch pair of Liza Foppen and Mirthe Kuperus scored 77.9667 for bronze.
Click here for full results from Day Three in Sheffield.In the domestic competition, Bristol Central’s Corrie Leech and Elise Denner looked confident from the start, performing Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici's routine from the 2008 Olympics to secure gold with 69.8000.
City of Birmingham's Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith showed excellent timing and use of the pool to achieve silver on 66.9333 while Rushmoor's Emma Carpenter and Lara Hockin scored 66.9000 for bronze.
In the Free Team, the British team had interesting and technical choreography which flaunted precise movements. They maintained tight formations despite having only seven out of eight swimmers in the pool and scored 79.0667 as the only international entry.
In the domestic competition, Bristol Central secured their fifth gold in the Championships and the Redwood Trophy, showing a high level of artistic and creative flair to score 71.8667.
Rushmoor scored 69.8000 for silver while Reading Royals SC gave a jazzy performance with a Chicago theme to claim bronze on 67.3333.
Maria Shortman, Lead Coach for Bristol SC said: “It takes about five years to pull a squad like this together, so this is the result of about five years work. Winning the Redwood Trophy is an amazing achievement.
"I remember winning that myself as a swimmer and the whole coaching team that has helped the squad have also won in the past so for the girls to take that away from today is fantastic."
"I have been really pushing myself so that I can put everything into my performances," - Corrie LeechBristol’s Corrie Leech had a particularly successful event, winning five golds and one silver.
“It’s been a phenomenal competition for Corrie who’s played a large role in helping Bristol achieve six out of the team’s seven medals," said Shortman. "She’s had an injury to contend with and suffered with flu recently so she really has gone above.”
Leech added: “I really don’t know how I’ve done it. This year’s competition has been so different from last year when we were coming second and third in every event
"I’ve really tried hard in training and have been really pushing myself so that I can put everything into my performance.”