About the Swim England Synchro National Championships

The Swim England Synchro National Championships are the highest level of domestic competition for English synchronised swimmers.

The historic competition features technical and free routine competitions for Solo, Duet and Team events.

The event has been known as the British Synchronised Swimming Championships in the past.

Some of Swim England’s most prestigious trophies – including the Redwood Trophy – have been awarded at the Championships for decades.

The 2018 event took place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on 21 and 22 April.

  • Click here to view the schedule from the 2017 Championships.

What can I expect from the National Synchronised Swimming Championships?

Simply put, England’s top senior and junior (15 years or older) synchronised swimmers at the top of their game.

A FINA Junior Figures competition is held for swimmers aged between 15 and 18 years old while senior titles are contested in the following events:

  1. Technical Solo
  2. Free Solo
  3. Technical Duet
  4. Technical Mixed (one male and one female) Duet
  5. Free Duet
  6. Free Mixed (one male and one female) Duet
  7. Technical Team
  8. Free Team
  9. Free Combination

In 2017, the Redwood Trophy was awarded to Rushmoor after they swept to gold in both the Technical and Free Team events.

Promising City of Bristol pair Isabelle Thorpe and Kate Shortman won the Spencer Trophy for the first time after victory in the Free Duet competition.

What is the format of the Championships?

All events are held independently except the Free Solo and Free Duet competitions.

The Free Solo is made up of the top eight from the Junior Figures and top four from the Technical Solo.

The Free Duet is made up of the top eight pairs based on their average from the Junior Figures, and the top four from the Technical Duet.

For the technical routines, swimmers must performed a predetermined list of elements in a certain order and within a certain time limit.

While there are time limits on the free 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).

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