Rushmoor take gold at the British Gas Championship
1 May 2010
Rushmoor’s Robyn Bignell and Lucy Hockin claimed gold in the Duet on day two of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships 2010.
The event, taking place at Gloucester’s GL1 Leisure Centre, saw the pair perform strongly in the Free Routine as they scored a total of 64.825 from the judges.
They demonstrated good height on their lift and used creativity in the links throughout the routine.
“That went really well for us,” said Bignell. “We are pleased because it is our first year competing together and we are one of the youngest pairs, so to win makes us happy.”
Trafford demonstrated good speed and height throughout their routine with well executed spins and double arm movements.
The duo of Tessa Griffiths and Eniko Toth scored a total of 63.125 to take second place.
The bronze medal was awarded to Bristol Central’s Alexandra O’Mahony and Isobel Collings who scored 61.888 after they showed good musical interpretation throughout the routine.
China’s Duet of Wen Wen Jiang and Ting Ting Jiang took the gold in the Duet of the British Gas Open with an impressive performance.
The twins won bronze at the 2009 World Championships and looked impressive through both parts of the Duet programme. The Free Routine was used to demonstrate their creativity and flexibility.
They showed high intensity throughout the routine and executed difficult figures to a high standard and they won the gold with a combined score of 94.350.
The Great British Duet, powered by British Gas, had just three weeks to perfect their routine after Jenna Randall was rested to continue her recuperation from injury.
Olympian Olivia Allison was joined by Asha Randall and they executed a promising routine with good speed and height. The spider themed routine showed the athlete’s fitness and power throughout.
They routine was full of difficult figures and the athletes executed the programme well to win silver with a score of 84.688.
“That was quite fun tonight,” Allison said. “There was a great atmosphere and we felt good. The routine is quite complex and is really tough on your legs. But it is a good test of our fitness.
“The hardest part of the routine is at the end of the first lap when we have a difficult figure that really pushes your legs and then you have to keep up your intensity for two more laps.
“It has been great to have China and the Italian club to compete against. We got a couple of nines so we are happy with the scores but it would have been good if we could have got them a bit more consistent. This was our first time swimming this routine here and I think it went well.”
SSD Village took bronze with a strong routine demonstrating interesting arm movements, good flexibility and excellent double leg height.
Allesandra Mauri and Marta Lucarini scored 79.738 to finish third.
Bristol Central performed a highly energetic routine as they claimed top spot in the Team Technical Routine.
Beginning with two back flips out of the water the team had good speed and movement across the pool impressing the judges who gave them a score of 66.100.
Trafford lie in second position scoring 63.200 with good height on their elements as they travelled around the pool.
Reading’s strong performance was enough to see them earn 61.500 and leave them lying in third place heading into tomorrow’s Free Routine.
Demonstrating acrobatic stunts and rocket lifts the team included lots of double arm movements and changing formations.
With Lauren Smith aiming to seal qualification for the Commonwealth Games she is swimming for both Rushmoor and Great Britain and after an excellent performance she leads the rankings after the Technical Solo.
Trafford impressed the crowds this morning as their swimmer, Sarah Spears, is lying in second place in the rankings.
Dearlove put in a strong performance as she demonstrated good height and speed through the water during the energetic routine scoring 68.700.
Reading's Bethany Dearlove is in third place with a score of 67.900 after putting in a strong performance.
China’s Huang Xuechen wowed Gloucester with her excellent routine. She had good height out of the water and her catalina element was excellent.
She showed her strength through until the end of the programme and scored nines to go into the lead of the British Gas Open Technical Solo.
In second place was Yuan Wen Jiang (Beijing Water Cube). Her routine had an explosive start as she showed her speed through the water from the beginning.
She travelled throughout the pool as she demonstrated her skills to both sets of judges. She finished her routine to a score of 89.800.
Lauren Smith, member of the British Synchronised Swimming team, powered by British Gas, scored a total of 83.800 to take third place in the rankings.
She is aiming to qualify for the Scottish Commonwealth Games team and needed good scores to help her with her next step in qualification. She had good height on her boosts and her spins as she put herself in a good position for the Free Solo.
Beijing impressed again as they scored highly from the judges with a fast routine scoring 90.700 to put them in first heading into tomorrow’s Team Free Routine.
The British Team, powered by British Gas, currently lie in second position after the Team Technical Routine.
Swimming a British themed routine the team demonstrated tight patterns and looked strong as they moved as a unit down the pool.
They arched back up into a vertical lift element and the fast-moving routine showed the team’s energy and fitness.
“The patterns were a lot better than in the practice,” said Smith. “We were a bit shaky in the practice so it was good to swim well in the competition.
“The crowd were really supportive, which is nice and the scores were good and more consistent than yesterday.”
SSD Village finished with a score of 67.300 showing off strength and flexibility to put them in third place.
Tomorrow will see the final medals decided at the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships 2010 in the Team and Solo events.
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