Improved Brits sign off from London Aquatics Centre
21st April 2012
The British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming Team rounded off their first competition at London Aquatics Centre with an eighth place finish in the Team Free at the Olympic Test Event.
Having finished eighth on 86.600 for their Team Technical routine, the Brits scored 86.640 for their Peter Pan-themed Free routine to maintain their overall position and finish on 173.240.
World and Olympic champions Russia ultimately took gold on 195.91 ahead of Spain (193.220) and Japan (186.880).
But British team member Olivia Federici admitted the Brits were pleased with their own performance in what was only their second competitive outing of the newly-choreographed routine.
"It felt really good again today," said Federici. "Our coaches have given us feedback already and they're really pleased
"We knew we'd done all the work we needed to for this competition so it was just about letting the muscle memory do it's job today and going for that big performance.
"Walking out on stage with such a big British crowd is such a great boost as well."
While Federici and regular partner Jenna Randall had withdrawn from the Duet with the latter resting an injury, she returned to lead the Brits in the Team Free.
And having enjoyed their first experience in London Aquatics Centre, Federici admits the whole British team are looking forward to fine-tuning their routines again at May's European Championships in Eindhoven.
"The Europeans is another opportunity to compete with a lot of the top countries," said Federici.
"We'll head back to our National Performance Centre after this competition and look at our swims in depth.
"We'll get the feedback we need, look at what changes we need to made and then make them ready for the Olympics later in the year."