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Olympian Jenna Randall’s Championships blog - day one

Olympian Jenna Randall is sitting on the side-lines in Gloucester this weekend as she finishes her recovery from back injury. She has kindly taken time out from helping coach the Duet to give her opinion of the first event of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships 2010 for swimming.org.

We don’t get the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd very often in our sport and we all enjoy coming to Gloucester to show our skills to our home supporters.

Before they went on I was extra nervous for them, I think it was because Asha was swimming the routine. I just wanted her to show what she could do. But both of them did really well.

The start of the competition has been really good and for the first time we have had music practice which is just like international competitions. Music practice gives us the opportunity to test out the routine just before competition and it is really important to have that run-through before you begin.

I think that the Duet did a good job today. My sister Asha stepped in and she has only had three weeks to learn the routine. Before they went on I was extra nervous for them, I think it was because Asha was swimming the routine. I just wanted her to show what she could do. But both of them did really well.

I didn’t know how she would handle the pressure of the Duet because she has never swum it before. It is harder to do a Duet routine than a Team routine because there are only two of you out there. In a Team the judges have more to look at and it is harder to focus on just one swimmer but in the Duet it is just two and mistakes are easier to see. I am looking forward to seeing how they do in the Free Duet as well.

It is really great to have China here. They are the world number three and it is good for the clubs here to see how they compete. Their routine was great.

I also really enjoyed seeing Alex O’Mahoney and Isobel Collings of Britsol Central. They have really improved since the last time I saw them. I also think that Robyn Bignell and Lucy Hockin Rushmoor showed great intensity throughout their routine.

This year the clubs are also using choreography inspired by the national team’s routine and that is so good because it means that they are pushing their swimmers harder and that means good things for the future of synchro.

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