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Gold medal for Bristol Central in Free Combination

The second medals of the British Gas Swimming Championships were won tonight, this time in the Free Combination event.

 Nine teams showcased their synchronisation, musicality and creativity skills during their four and a half minute routine.

The Club Championships was incredibly close, with less than 1 point splitting the top three teams.

But it was Bristol Central, who performed a Blues Brothers inspired routine, to take the victory with a score of 70.79.

Anastasija Bates, of the team said: “That was really good. It is a new routine and it is the first time we’ve performed it in a competition.

“The crowd was fantastic, we had really upbeat music and they got behind us which made a big difference.”

Reading Royals took the silver medals. They scored 70.080 for their Mission Impossible routine.

Coach Kate Coupar was delighted with her team’s swim. She said: “That was a brilliant swim!

“We set targets for the team for their elements and they achieved 15 out of 16 so we’re very pleased.”

Hot on their heels in bronze medal position were Rushmoor. With four of their team suffering with illness, they had a great swim to claim third with 70.010.

Team member Lucy Hockin said: “We had a really good swim. Our lift was the best we’ve ever done it.

“We had to make a few last minute changes to account for our team members who were ill but we pulled it off and are delighted with our medal.”

The British Swimming team, powered by British Gas, won the Open Event with their dolls and toys inspired routine which they performed recently at the German Open.

They scored 88.190 for the performance which, Biz Price, National Performance Director for the team, said showed flashes of brilliance.

“This was the second time we’ve done this routine in competition and I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made since Germany.

“There were flashes of brilliance in parts of their performance but there are other areas we still need to work on.

“We don’t focus as much on this programme as it isn’t an Olympic event but we will still be working hard for the World Championships to be held later this year, when we’ll do this routine for the last time.”  

The full results can be found here

European Champs 2016