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20 Aug 2009

The Talent Synchro Squad have returned after a successful showing at the 19th Synchronised Swimming Comen Cup held in Belgrade, Serbia.

The event, which took place from 5th-9th August, was open to competitors aged 13-15 and saw the English side compete in all three events: Solo, Duet and Team.

The squad are a development squad that underpins the British Synchro World Class programmes and the athletes were selected in December 2008. The girls have been preparing with regular training camps, which included an eight-day training camp in Aldershot and a three-day training camp in Belgrade leading into the competition.

Katie Clark’s international solo debut impressed the judges with her vertical height and strong performance. Clark’s score of 75.3 secured her 9th position overall placing her ahead of performers from the Czech Republic and Israel.

The squad performed exceptionally well in the Team event securing 11th position in the final with a score of 73.4. This was the first international competition for 80% of the girls and despite some nerves: ‘The swimmers dug deep and pulled off some fantastic lifts’ said Head Coach Joanne Bean.

Their aim going into the event was for the team to gain experience at international level as many of the athletes were making their international debut, and to reach the final was a great accomplishment.

Clark took to the pool again, this time in the Duet competition, with her partner Robyn Bignell. Unfortunately the pairing narrowly missed out on reaching the final finishing 11th overall. The pair only began training together in May and are progressing well as a couple making them ones to watch for the future.

Bean said of the competition: “The Comen Cup was an amazing experience for all of the girls. They have improved tremendously in the past few months which was shown in their results. Hopefully they will now go back to their individual clubs and inspire the others to keep training hard.”

With the squad back in England, the Coaches and Sport Science staff will provide personal feedback from training and competition and explain the Sport Science Analysis that was undertaken.


The England Talent Synchro Squad consisted of:

Katie Clark - Solo, duet, team
Robyn Bignell - Duet, team
Anastasjia Bates - team
Emily Randall - team
Lucy Ridge - team
Hannah Green - team
Rebecca King - team
Samantha Wilson - team
Jessica Ranson - Reserve
Emma Bowes - Reserve
Alice Dale - Reserve

For more information please contact the ASA/British Swimming Media Assistant, Lauren Sanderson on 01509 632236 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org

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