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Bristol Central win first synchro gold of national champs in Sheffield

13th April 2013

The Free Combination medals were decided on day one of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships with Bristol Central excelling to take the gold.

Bristol Central swam a complex routine to Skrillex and scored a total of 71.280 and were rewarding for their tight patterns and the speed of their changes.

The lifts worked, the patterns worked and we were all smiling at each other.

Former Great Britain athlete Anya Tarasiuk commented: “We felt like we did a really good swim and covered everything we needed to. We watched the replay and lifts worked, patterns worked and we were all smiling at each other.

"It feels really good to be back competing. I wasn’t sure at first but now I’ve done it I’m really happy to have had a final swim for my club.”

The silver went to Rushmoor who put in an excellent performance drawn just after Bristol and they just missed out on gold after scoring a total 71.240 and bronze went to Reading with a total of 66.110 after performing a Lion King routine.

The Technical Duet saw the new British pair of Asha Randall and Katie Clark perform for the first time since their bronze medal performance at the German Open.

We've worked really hard on our elements and I think that showed in our swim.

The routine to the music of Daft Punk was high paced and showed increased levels of difficulty.

Randall and Clark scored 83.700 in the international section of the competition and Canada secured a score of 88.700 to take the top spot.

“That was a score better than when we won bronze in Germany,” Clark said. “It was a better performance for us and the scores showed that as well. We’ve worked really hard on our elements since Germany so I think that showed in our swim.”

“The Barracuda element has been really difficult for us to perfect,” Randall said. “We’ve both been quite wobbly on that element but it has definitely been better the past couple of days so going on the right track.”

In the National level competition it was Rushmoor’s Jorja Brown and Emily Randall that lead the way and showed their impressive skills.

They scored a total of 69.200 to take the lead ahead of the Free routine on the last day of competition.

Reading’s Rhiannon Williams and Sophie Usher are lying in second place with a total of 67.800 and Bristol Central's Emma Holloway and Corrie Leach are third.

Rushmoor are going to go into the Free Team event in the lead ahead of Bristol Central with a consistent performance of the complex elements.

They swam sharp routine and showed good use of the pool and scored a total of 67.000.

“We’re really pleased with how we swum and we’ve heard some comments from the judges that our elements were really good so we’re really happy,” said Lucy Hockin, Rushmoor Team Captain.

“Our lifts were a little out of time but our rocket split was really good and our splits were really flat and overall our timing was really good.”

Bristol secured a score of 66.800 and Reading are in third place with 65.100.

Jorja Brown (Rushmoor) led the way in the Technical Solo with a total score of 69.300 her routine showed good height and speed. She was also recognised for her accuracy with her required elements.

“I really enjoyed that today,” Brown said. “I am pretty happy going into the Free routine. My Free is to Ava Maria and it’s quite sharp and intense music so it helps me to be sharp in my performance.”

Rosie Barrington (City of Leeds) took the second spot with a score of 67.900 and third was Emily Randall (Rushmoor) who scored 67.500.

In the international section of the Technical Solo competition Canada’s Chloe Isaac holds lead ahead of Holland’s Margot de Graaf.

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