British Gas Synchro Champs finish in style
06 Dec 2009
The third and final day of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships and British Gas ASA National Age Groups 2009 finished in style, with GB Solo, Duet and Team performances as well.
In the day’s flagship event, the British Gas Team Championships, it was Rushmoor who took first place and reclaimed the Redwood Trophy from last year’s winners Trafford.
Rushmoor were third to take to the pool and their First Knight routine impressed the judges as the swimmers showed some interesting pattern formations and strong double arm and leg movements throughout the routine.
Their combined Free and Technical score of 70.834 was enough to put them into first position with Reading Royals and Trafford still to swim.
Reading Royals proved they had a licence to thrill with their James Bond themed performance and their strong movements, including a ‘gun-wielding’ stack lift to finish, was enough to secure the silver medal with 66.751.
Trafford who had been lying in second after the technical routine could not hold onto their placing and failed to overhaul the first two or Bristol Central, whose Slumdog Millionaire routine earlier in the competition, complete with an interesting somersault lift, took third place. Bristol’s overall score was 66.751.
Rushmoor’s team captain April Poulter said: “That was amazing! I was really nervous, everyone was, but we were excited as well. The performance was really good and the lifts were incredible!”
Earlier in the British Gas Championships, Rushmoor had also retained their Free Combination title, scoring 70.667 thanks to some great flexibility from the athletes and good height in a number of the highlights. This put them ahead of Bristol Central who finished with 68.334 and Trafford who scored 66.334.
Poulter added: “It was a really good swim and the lifts worked pretty well. Louise [Wooley] swam this routine in 2006 and I was the reserve so it was good for us all to be able to swim it at the National Championships.”
There was a hard fought battle in the National Age Groups Free Combination Recreational 12yrs and under competition with just 0.833 points separating first place Bristol Central A (53.833)and second place Trafford (53.000).
Trafford were the 10th team to swim and their Hairspray themed routine put them ahead of eventual third place finishers City of Birmingham (51.334). So as Bristol Central A Team took to the water as the final team they knew they had to perform and their Kung Fu themed routine did not disappoint, with their punchy, energetic movements just enough to pip Trafford.
In the Competitive Teams 12 and under it was a straight out battle between the four-strong team from Portsmouth Victoria and the full team of Rushmoor. Rushmoor’s routine, performed to a Pussy Cat Dolls medley, showed a number of highlights, including some good assisted lifts, and this was enough to give them victory.
Rushmoor came out victorious in the National Age Groups Competitive Teams 13/14yrs Age Group after edging ahead of City of Leeds and Reading Royals. All the teams showed good travel around the pool during their routines but Rushmoor, who incorporated a highlight at the end of their routine, had the edge and finished with 57.643 compared to City of Leeds’ 56.302 and Reading Royals’ 56.200.
The crowd gathered at Gloucester’s GL1 leisure centre was also treated to a solo demonstration by GB athlete Jenna Randall, the British Duet (Randall and Olivia Allison) and the British team, powered by British Gas.
Speaking on the future of the team, Biz Price, British Swimming’s National Performance Director, said: “2010 is a big year for us, we have a FINA competition in China [the 12th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup] and we will really be looking for the athletes to move up the rankings. We are tenth at the minute.
“We also want our athletes to get two medals at the Commonwealth Games, hopefully silver or higher.”
The GB squad, powered by British Gas, will also be competing in the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships 2010. The event will be returning to Gloucester in April next year. Price added: “We’re looking forward to competing at home and competing with other great synchro nations.”
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