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Rushmoor dominate the final day of 2013 British Gas Synchro Champs

14th March 2013

Rushmoor won all the gold medals on the final day of competition at the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

In the Free Team, Rushmoor swam in the penultimate position and performed the routine with good intensity and precision.

They finished with a score of 137.930 after taking a routine score of 70.930.

“I was generally pleased with the swim but we did have one lift that functioned quite poorly but it wasn’t a complete flop but it wasn’t the best and there was one error from a swimmer towards the end but apart from that it was the best that they have performed it.” Said Louise Wooley, Coach at Rushmoor Royals.

Reading Royals won the silver with a total of 135.080 and Bristol Central finished in third place with a score of 133.670.

Jorja Brown secured her first gold medal of the competition in the Solo competition. After the Technical routine on day one she lay in first place and knew she had to get a good score to take the victory.

That was a really tiring swim but I tried my hardest today.

She swam to Ave Maria and showed impressive presentation throughout the complex routine.

The Rushmoor swimmer scored 70.090 for her Free routine and a total of 139.390 to take the gold.

“That was a really tiring swim today,” Brown said. “But I feel like I tried my hardest so it was a good swim. I managed to get my elements even though I turned the wrong way on one of them but I managed to get it back and keep travelling the right way.”

City of Leeds’ Rosie Barrington took the silver after scoring a total of 137.200 and Brown’s club-mate Emily Randall scored 136.410 for the bronze.

Brown and Randall teamed up for their second medals of the competition - and Brown's second gold - in the Duet.

They performed a strong routine that was full of creativity and difficult moves and finished their swim to scores of 69.900 and an overall total of 139.100.

“We feel really good after that,” Randall said. “It was the first time we’ve won a British Champs as a pair. There were a few mistakes in there but other than that it was really good. We have both worked on our presentation which gives us more energy.”

Reading’s Rhiannon Williams and Sophie Usher took home the silver medal with a total of 135.830 while City of Leeds’ Rosie Barrington and Jessica Ranson won bronze after finishing with a total of 134.470.

Rushmoor secured all but one of the gold medals throughout the weekend and their coach Louise Wooley commented: “I am so pleased we have worked really really hard since losing three swimmers to the British squad. We were really determined not to let that affect us.”

In the international section of the competition the British Duet of Asha Randall and Katie Clark scored a total of 82.920 for their Free spider-inspired routine and an overall score of 168.620.

“It felt like a really good strong swim,” Randall said. “It was quite tiring compared to yesterday but I think we did a really good job. It was a good result for us.”

“We improved on Germany and we got better scores from the Tech yesterday so that’s good,” Clark said.

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