About the Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships

The Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships is the premiere competition for young synchronised swimmers in England.

The Championships are contested over three age groups – U12 Yrs, 13-15 Yrs and 15-18 Yrs.

The Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships usually takes place at the end of each year.

The 2017 Championships will take place at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester on 25 – 26 November.

What can I expect from the National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships?

The National Age Group Championships are a festive feast of synchronised swimming, with the largest number of competitors of any domestic synchro event.

There are four types of competition at the National Age Group Championships:

  1. All athletes will begin the competition by completing Figures where they will receive a score based on their performance of four ‘figures‘ which increase in difficulty for each age group.
  2. The Solo competition is open to the top 12 athletes from these figures rankings who wish to enter in each age group.
  3. The Duet competition is open to all athletes but pairs must consist of two swimmers from the same club.
  4. The Team competition features between four and eight swimmers (all from the same club).

The top athletes will often aim for the ‘clean sweep’ of golds over Solo, Duet and Team for their age group.

This happened in two of the age groups in 2016. Reading Royals swimmer Eleanor Blinkhorn claimed the hat-trick of golds in the U12 age group while Mimi Gray, also of Reading, did the same in the 13-15 Yrs age group.

  • Click here to read full reports and view results and videos from the 2016 event.

What is the format of the competition?

While there are time limits on the solo, duet and team routines, there are no required elements which swimmers must perform.

Routines will be judged based on three degrees of Technical Merit (Execution, Synchronicity, Difficulty) and three degrees of Artistic Impression (Choreography, Interpretation, Presentation).

The score for each athlete’s routine is then added to their original figures score for an overall score from which the final rankings are based.

The figures scores for duets and teams are the average calculated from the swimmers competing in that respective duet or team.

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