Trafford take National title on day one
30 Apr 2010
Day one of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships 2010 got underway with spectacular displays as the Combination Team medals were decided.
Trafford swam to the National title in the Combination Team event as they delighted the audience with an exciting and lively routine.
Good height out of the water and some quick pattern formation changes, along with a somersault saw the team earn high marks from the judges to take gold at this year’s Championships with a score of 71.375.
Trafford swimmer Melissa Halliwell was pleased with the result.
“It’s just fantastic,” she said. “We all feel amazing and it’s so good that all of our hard work has paid off.
“It’s definitely one of our best achievements as a team. Our aim was to pull off the highlights and make everyone smile and I’m pleased that we managed that.”
Second place went to Bristol Central who demonstrated some difficult elements in their routine including a platform lift to earn 70.750.
With good height out of the water and excellent speed across the pool the team had impressive highlights and jumps in their routine which was enough to beat rivals Rushmoor into third.
With many of their team now competing for the senior national squad last year’s title holders Rushmoor were unable to recreate their 2009 performance.
With an excellent display of lifts and fast movements across the pool the team, made up of many of the Junior GB athletes that competed in last year’s LEN European Junior Championships, impressed the judges scoring 70.125.
The routine, choreographed by former British team member Louise Woolley, delighted the crowd with creative movements including a jump lift and vertical spins earning the team bronze.
Earlier in the day Rushmoor’s duo of Robyn Bignell and Lucy Hockin took the lead in the Duet competition as they scored 62.250 in the Technical Routine.
The young swimmers showed a lot of skill and speed throughout to secure top spot in the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships.
Swimming for Trafford Tessa Griffiths and Eniko Toth presented a lively routine to the judges to leave them lying in second place with a score of 59.250.
Bristol Central’s Alexandra O’Mahony and Isobel Collings took to the water demonstrating difficult off-angle movements in the pool.
The pair, who were both selected for the initial GB Junior squad last year, scored 57.875 to leave them in third heading into tomorrow’s Free Routine to decide the medals.
In the British Gas Open competition, the Chinese Duet impressed the crowd in Gloucester with their strong routine. They had a dynamic start and performed good rocket splits and albatross elements.
The routine included a lot of complex movements and provided the athletes with the opportunity to showcase their ability to get good height on their boosts.
The world number three showed their stamina as they continued to look strong until the end of the routine and finished to scores of 93.000. They lead going into the Free Routine.
The British pair, Olivia Allison and Asha Randall, put in a good solid performance and looked good throughout the first lap of the pool.
Their Albatross was strong and they travelled well through the pool. They showed good synchronisation on their fishtail element and finished solidly to a score of 81.875.
They lie in third place for the Free Routine tomorrow.
“That felt good,” Allison said. “I think we picked up on all of our corrections and put in a strong performance. There were a couple of times that we were off but I think it was good to get that swim under our belts.”
“We were choreographing a new routine and so to add in the new required elements wasn’t hard. They are tough elements but we have worked hard on them and I think they are working well.”
Randall added: “We are pleased with how that went. I am pleased with how I adapted to the routine. I didn’t have long to learn the choreography but I think that was good this morning.”
The Beijing Water Cube team features seven athletes that also feature on China’s National. The Duet started the routine well but suffered from a couple of synchronisation errors early on. These were most visible on their spin.
As the routine progressed they had a good rocket boost split and performed good splits and showed good speed through the water.
Overall, the routine was very artistic with lots of content and they scored a total of 84.125.
The SSD Village Duet had an explosive start to their routine. They lost points for being slightly off their synchronisation in the Albatross spin and the rocket splits.
They finished in fourth place with a score of 80.875.
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