Synchro swimmers finish Worlds with ninth in Team Free
23 July 2011
The British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming Team signed off from the 2011 World Championships on a high note, beating USA for the first time to finish ninth in the Team Free final.
Having qualified in 10th for the showpiece event of the Synchronised Swimming schedule, the Brits raised their game in the final to score 87.280 and move ahead of USA (86.800) in the rankings.
The week has been fabulous - we have moved up the world rankings in almost all of our routines and we reached all of the finals.
The result caps a successful week for the British Gas GBR Team who secured top 10 finishes in all seven events in Shanghai and equalled or improved their ranking from the 2009 World Championships in each.
National Performance Director Biz Price was pleased with the British World Championships campaign and is looking forward to beginning the Olympic year.
“This week for us has been fabulous,” Price said. “We have moved up the world rankings in almost all of our routines and we reached all of the finals. It has shown that our preparation for this competition has been right and we are on track.
“It has been a real milestone for us here and it means a lot to us and our confidence to move ahead of our rivals and the key ones were France in the Duet Free and the USA in the Team Free.
"There are a lot of really positive things to take out of this competition. There were a couple of technical errors that we will need to go back and work on but we can fix them.
“It is now the end of the season for us and we can start to begin planning for our Olympic year. I am excited about the new choreography and this really has been the best competition for this team.”
The British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming Team competing in Shanghai comprised of:
Katie Clark, Katie Dawkins, Jennifer Knobbs, Vicky Lucass, Asha Randall, Jenna Randall, Katie Skelton, Anya Tarasiuk, Lauren Smith, Olivia Allison, Yvette Baker.