Synchro sign off from Barcelona
29 July 2013
The British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming team signed off from their World Championship campaign having achieved a top eight finish in the Duet and top twelve ranking in the Team.
Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici secured a career best finish in the Technical Duet by finishing joint eighth with Italy.
Having finished ninth at the past two Worlds and placed ninth for their Technical routine at London 2012 last year, the Brits scored 87.800 to step up their ranking in Spain.
The new-look Team improved their score from the prelims to finish 12th in the Team Free final. With four of the eight British swimmers competing in their first major championship final, the Brits improved from their 82.510 in the prelims to score 82.570 in the final.
Randall also competed in the Solo event and with her Mermaid inspired routine secured eighth place in the Free Solo.
National Performance Director Biz Price said: “We had a team meeting and we told the athletes that they had had very consistent performances and I think we were one of the main teams that every time we went out there we performed solidly with not a lot of errors which is what you want in our sport. We were really pleased with the performances but we were not pleased with the judging. I think we were under scored in every event.
“The young athletes here have not been to a major championships before. So we weren’t sure what to expect from them but having seen them we know that our preparations have been right because they performed on the day and they did so with a lot of maturity so we know our training is really good because they did what we asked them to do. They did a really good job and we are really proud of them.”