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First title taken at the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships

The first British title was up for grabs today at the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships.

It was the turn of the solo performers for and the free solo competition this morning.

Great Britain’s Jenna Randall performed a new version of her routine to Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life.

She said: “I really enjoyed that, it felt really good.

“I’ve just reworked all the choreography to this routine

"and only finished it two days ago.

“It was only the second time I’ve swum it all the way through so I’m looking forward to getting the feedback from the judges. It will all help me to prepare for the World Championships in Shanghai.

“It was lovely to perform with such great support, the crowds were fantastic and that it is always good preparation for the Olympics next year.”

She won the Open Competition with a combined score of 182.98.

Abigail Lawrence of Rushmoor took the British title with a fantastic final score of 141.81 performing her Alice in Wonderland inspired routine.

She was delighted with the win. She said: “I was really scared this morning. I was ill last night and wasn’t sure if I’d even perform today.

“I’m so happy I did, I’m really pleased with my swim. It’s the last time I’ll do that routine so it was good to go out on a high, a very big high!”

Trafford’s Sarah Spears, who was second last year, was just behind Lawrence with her routine to music from the film Amelie.

She said: “I’m fairly happy. I gave it 100 percent for the routine so I can’t do more than that. It is a new routine so I’ll be able to look at the feedback and it will give me something to work on for next year.”

Her final score was 139.17.

In third place, and the first junior, was Reading Royals Hannah Green with a total of 136.14. She said: “I’m really happy, I had a strong swim yesterday so I was nervous going into the free today as I knew I had to maintain the same standard today.

“I was just in the right frame of mind today though and I am so happy to medal and really pleased that I was the first junior.”

The first team event of the Championships followed with the Technical Team routines.

Finishing first in the Open Event were the British Synchronised Swimming Team, powered by British Gas. They had a total of 88.10.

In second place, and leading the Club Event were Rushmoor with a score of 67.500.

Following them were Bristol Central 67.100 in third and Reading Royal fourth with 66.800. 

The full results from the free solo routines and the overall scores can be found here.

The results for the Team Technical programme can be found here

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