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Synchro Champs start in Style

04 Dec 2009 18:49

The first day of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships and ASA National Age Groups 2009 saw some promising performances from a number of athletes as they looked to claim national titles.

City of Birmingham were the first team to claim gold at the Championships with an energetic routine in the 15, 16 & 17 years Combination Recreational event.

The routine was well organised and demonstrated good movement around the pool scoring them a total of 64.000 points, which was enough to take the National title. Reading narrowly claimed silver with 62.500 from Bristol Central who scored 62.334.

In the 19 & under age group Trafford took the title with an impressive routine performed to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. The girls demonstrated impressive height on their boosts and worked well together to comfortably take the gold with 63.333 points.

The City of Preston B team claimed silver with an energetic routine which scored 59.333; Seymour Synchronised Swimming School took bronze with 55.000. 

Louise Wooley (Rushmoor) was the star of the show in the Technical Solo. The World Championship representative produced a slick performance to record a total of 74.500 points well clear of her nearest rivals; Bethany Dearlove (Reading Royals) in second on 66.333 points and Jessica Fletcher (Trafford) in third.

Wooley said “I’m happy with today’s performance. I’m doing the free solo and the team combo and the technical team this weekend so this has got me off to a good start.

“This is probably going to be my last synchro competition as I retired from the British Team a few months ago so it’s really nice to go out with a win. I’d really like to go into coaching synchro now, I’ve already been coaching a few of the younger Rushmoor girls who are competing this weekend and they’re already picking up medals which is good.”

The final event of the day, the British Championships Technical Duet, was much anticipated and it didn’t disappoint. A large crowd stayed to see Jenny Godding and Harriet Roberts take the title scoring a total of 67.833 for their upbeat routine. There was a tight battle for silver which Jessica Fletcher and Melissa Halliwell (Trafford) won with 63.666 points, closely followed by Sarah Dunford and April Poulter (Rushmore) with 62.000.

The 13 & 14 years Competitive Duet was a close affair with the City of Leeds duet of Jessica Ranson and Rosie Barrington taking the gold medal with 60.567 points, narrowly beating Emily Randall and Danielle Leavold (Rushmoor) who had to settle for silver with 60.126 points. Sophie Usher and Georgina Gegg (Rushmoor) were third with 56.691.

The 12 & under age group was also closely fought between two Rushmoor duets with Imogen Smith and Amy Campbell taking victory from their teammates Jorja Brown and Hannah Randall 57.545 points to 57.184. Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith (City of Birmingham) were third with 56.246 points.

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Other results include:

Figures

12 and under
Gold: Sophie Randle (Rugby) 59.900
Silver: Katie Reynolds (Walsall) 59.724
Bronze: Jorja Brown (Rushmoor) 59.540

13 & 14 years
Gold: Emily Randall (Rushmoor) 62.699
Silver: Rhiannon Williams (Portsmouth Victoria) 59.812
Bronze: Danielle Leavold (Rushmoor) 59.803

15, 16 & 17 years
Gold: Abigail Lawrence (Rushmoor) 63.787
Silver: Robyn Bignell (Rushmoor) 61.061
Bronze: Zoe Williams (Portsmouth Victoria) 60.588

18 & 19 years
Gold: Harriet Roberts (Reading Royals) 67.137
Silver: Jessica Fletcher (Trafford) 62.480
Bronze: Louise Fuller (Witney & District) 59.838

The Championships are taking place at the GL1 Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December 2009.

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