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BRITISH GAS SYNCHRO TEAM SIGN OFF FROM SUCCESSFUL WORLD CHAMPS

25 Jul 2009
The British Gas Synchro team have capped off one of the most successful performances from a British Synchro team at a World Championships with a top 10th finish in the Free Team final.

The team of eight swimmers completed a Native American inspired routine that included sit lifts and highlights throughout the programme.

The British Gas team showed increased intensity in their performance and showed their improved fitness as they finished the routine with a flourish.

They secured tenth place with a total score of 89.667 and squad member Asha Randall said: “That was a great swim from everyone. It was so amazing to perform in front of such a large crowd and all the highlights worked really well.

“We are really happy with the scores. I think we were less nervous going into the final than the prelim. We had nothing to lose and so we just enjoyed it. We have performed better than we expected throughout the competition.”

National Performance Director Biz Price has been impressed with the girl’s debut at a major international competition.

“Their performance really surpassed my expectations of them,” Price said. “Our calculations worked out that the team should have finished between 9th and 15th in all events but that is a massive gap.

“When we finished in 15th on the first day it was slightly disappointing but I really believe that the judges just weren’t prepared for us. They just didn’t know what to make of us but also the Team Technical is a bit weaker for us.

“However the girls weren’t discouraged and from that event we just flew. Jenna put in a really strong performance in her Solo and the team finished four points higher in their events than teams that beat us at the Europeans.

“The Team Free programme saw us comfortably ahead of Brazil which was an aim for us before the competition began.”

The 2009 World Championships were the first time under Price that the British Gas team had competed in all parts of the competition.

“We had to prepare the girls well for this meet,” Price added. “We had lots of meetings that acted as reminders to the girls to be mentally strong because they have to be strong for five minutes through a routine and it is important to get them in the right mind set early on.

“They impressed me with their ability to handle stressful situations and when things changed or something new was thrown at them they never let it bother them.

“This competition hasn’t just been a step towards 2012 but a giant leap for us as we prepare for the home Olympics.”

-ENDS-

The 13th FINA World Championships will take place from 17th July – 2nd August 2008 in Rome

The British Gas squad consists of:

Olivia Allison – Rushmoor
Katie Dawkins – Bristol Central
Victoria Lucass – Rushmoor
Helen Morris – Reading Royals
Asha Randall – Rushmoor
Jenna Randall – Rushmoor
Katie Skelton – Reading Royals
Lauren Smith – Rushmoor
Jazmine Stansbury – Reading Royals
Anya Tarasiuk – Bristol Central
Cherry Wilson – Rushmoor
Louise Woolley – Rushmoor

Diving events take place from 17th – 25th July
Synchro takes place from 18th – 25th July
Open Water takes place from 19th – 25th July
Swimming takes place from 26th July – 2nd August

For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

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