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Day one review from the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships

Britain’s top synchronised swimmer Jenna Randall, who is top eight in the world and double Commonwealth Silver Medallist, proved her world standing with an impressive performance to Jeff Buckley’s Halleluiah.

Finishing ahead of the field with a score of 91.3, Randall, who was competing for the British Team, powered by British Gas, was delighted with her performance.
She said:

“That was really good, I really enjoyed it.

“I’ve been doing lactate testing during the week and discovered that I needed a longer warm up so it was the first time I tried it and I felt good in the pool and that’s something I can now work on ahead of the World Championships in July.

“I’m now looking forward to the Technical Duet. We’ve got a new routine with new costumes and it will be the first time we’ve performed it in a competition. It’s hard but I love it. Hopefully everyone else will enjoy it too.”

Rushmoor’s Abigail Lawrence finished in second place with a score of 72.4 and she leads the British Club competition.

She said: “I’m really pleased with that performance. I’ve done a lot of work on it, I love the music and I just really enjoyed it.”

Sarah Spears, last years’ runner up led for most of the competition. She had good height through the elements of the routine and really creative arm movements.

She finished her routine in third place, just behind Lawrence with a score of 70.70.

The Technical Duet was opened by Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall of the British Team to Technologic by Daft Punk. The fast paced routine has been a work in progress for a number of months and was first performed at the German Open earlier in the year.

Randall said: “It was really good energy in the pool.

“We’ve been out to Spain recently to work on this, concentrating on our intensity and I felt that we did that well today.”

Allinson said “We first performed this routine at the German Open and got some really good feedback from the judges. We’ve been working on the relevant adjustments since then and are pleased with how it is going.”

In the club event, the Bristol Central team of Alexandra O’Mahoney and Isobel Collings  finished on top.

O’Mahoney said: “The duet went really well. We were nervous beforehand but it was a relief to get out there and do well. Our aims were to do the elements well and we knew when we’d finished thatwe had done a good job.”

Close behind them were Trafford pairing Tessa Griffiths and Eniko Toth.

Griffiths said: “We’re very pleased with how that went; our hard training has definitely paid off.

“We were nervous to start with but happy with the performance. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

For the full technical solo results, click here.

For the full technical duet results, click here.

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