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Rushmoor lead day two of Synchro Champs

05 Dec 2009 18:24

Rushmoor showed their strength on the second day of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships and British Gas ASA National Age Groups 2009.

They set down the challenge in the morning’s British Gas Championships Technical Teams event. The team were the second to take to the pool and an impressive performance left them with a score of 68.667, leaving them ahead of nearest rivals Trafford (64.667), who were clear of Reading Royals by just 0.167 points.

Not content with a stand out performance as part of the team in the morning, Rushmoor’s Louise Wooley went on to take the British Gas Solo title in the afternoon thanks to a dominating performance in the Free event.

Wooley, who retired from the GB synchro squad after the World Championships in Rome, showed good height throughout her routine and a higher level of difficulty throughout her programme to clinch the gold convincingly with an overall total of 75.917. Bethany Dearlove (Reading Royals) took the silver medal with 68.334 and Jessica Fletcher (Trafford) clinched bronze with 66.084.

“This is my 100th gold medal,” Wooley said. “I counted them before I came to the Championships.

“I just wanted to really have fun and do something a bit different. I made up all the routine myself and I just went out to enjoy it.”

The success continued for Rushmoor in the National Age Group Champs. In the 13/14yrs Competitive Solos, the club’s Emily Randall took the gold medal with an overall score of 63.183 after a strong Free routine helped cement her Figures result from yesterday.

Randall, who competed for the English development squad in the Comen Cup earlier this year,  was the last athlete to take to the pool and she set her standard from the start by getting lots of height on her first body boost.

Randall, who had already seen Jessica Ranson (City of Leeds) score 64.333 for her free routine, continued to show lots of energy in her routine and  with the help of some interesting arm movements scored 63.666, enough to secure first place overall with 63.183, with Ranson on 61.743 and Portsmouth Victoria’s Rhiannon Williams on 60.990.

Randall, who wants to compete in the Junior Championships next year, said : “I’m really pleased with my Free performance and it gave me some confidence having a good Figures yesterday.”

In the 15/16/17yrs Competitive Solos there was a hard fought battle in the Free Solo between Robyn Bignell (Rushmoor) and Alexandra O’Mahoney (Bristol Central). Both showed some strong movements, with promising spins, and lots of confidence during their routines.

The pair received identical marks for technical merit (33.500) but Bignell, who was part of the European Juniors squad earlier this year and who will be heading to Spain to compete in a junior international later this year, edged ahead thanks to a higher artistic impression score.

Bignell finished with an overall total of 64.198 points, with O’Mahoney on 63.057 and Zoe Williams (Portsmouth Victoria) on 62.544.  

Bignell said: “The routine went well. There were a couple of iffy bits, and some of the spins were off, but I don’t mind because this is my first year in this age group.”

But O’Mahoney and her partner Isobel Collings were able to take gold over Bignell and her partner Sarah Dunford in the 15/16yrs Competitive Duet.  O’Mahoney and Collings went into the Free programme leading the competition and scored 65.834 for their routine, giving them an overall score of 62.697.

Bignell and Dunford finished on 60.610 overall and Rebecca Bates and Kristina Holley (Reading Royals) took third with 59.684.

In the Competitive Solos 12yrs and under it was Rugby’s Sophie Randle who managed to build on her Figures result to finish with a score of 59.783 overall, just 0.079 points ahead of Trafford’s Lucy Bowes who finished with 58.704. Jorja Brown (Rushmoor) was third with 58.687.

She said: “I have done a lot of practice but I was tired so the best bit was the end. This is my second year and it was a lot better than last year.”

Other results from the second day of competition were:

National Age Groups Recreational Combinations 13/14yrs:
Gold: Bristol Central  62.167
Silver: City of Birmingham  58.000
Bronze: Walsall    56.167

National Age Groups Competitive Teams 15/16/17yrs:
Gold: Bristol Central 63.528
Silver: Rushmoor 60.283
Bronze: Trafford 58.495

National Age Groups Free Duets Recreational 18/19yrs:
Megan Hughes and Elizabeth Miller (City of Preston) 59.833

National Age Groups Free Duets Competitive 18/19yrs:
Jessica Fletcher and Melissa Halliwell (Trafford)  62.975

British Championships Duets:
Gold:  Jenny Godding and Naomi Schorman (Reading Royals) 68.584
Silver:  Jessica Fletcher and Melissa Halliwell (Trafford)    65.750
Bronze: Sarah Dunford and April Poulter (Rushmoor)    62.750 

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