Tenth for Synchro Team in Technical final
19 July 2011
The British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming team impressed in their first final of the week at the World Championships in Shanghai, securing 10th place in the Technical Team final.
Having failed to reach the final en route to a 15th place finish in 2009, the British team progressed from yesterday's preliminaries in 10th with 87.400 points.
We worked on the mistakes we made in the prelims and saw an improvement in our scores as a result.
And while they remained in the same ranking after the final, the British edged closer to their rivals, improving their score to 87.6000 for their routine performed to a medley of Queen tracks.
"I felt like it went really well tonight," said Katie Dawkins. "In the warm-up we worked on the mistakes we made in the prelims and saw an improvement in our scores as a result.
“This year we have worked really hard on our team technical because we wanted to improve on 2009 and qualify for the finals which we did.
“I feel like we’ve taken a step forward by achieving our goal of reaching the final. It gives us great confidence for next year as the technical routine is an Olympic event.
“We know that this event needs to be good next year so we’re going to go back, work hard and make sure it is as good as can be in 12 months time.”
The British team came into the final in high spirits, having qualified for the Team Combination final earlier in the day.
Scoring 87.310, the Brits - who won bronze at the LEN European Champions Cup earlier this season - progressed in seventh for Thursday's final.
Commonwealth silver medallists Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison also progressed to the Duet Free final, scoring 88.520 to go through in ninth.