Staples wins gold in 12yrs and under Solo

Madeleine Staples secured her second gold medal of the competition, scooping up the 12yrs and under Solo title on day two of the Swim England Synchro National Age Group Championships 2017.

Staples, who won Duet gold with partner Rebecca Saunders on day one in Gloucester, impressed again in the Solo. Her expressive interpretation of songs from the Hunger Games soundtrack showed great technical ability.

Staples looked in control throughout the performance, making excellent use of the pool space.

She scored 60.2000, just under two points higher than her rivals. She took the title with an overall score of 119.4561.

Commenting on her medal, Staples said: “It feels really good. I wasn’t really expecting it so I’m very pleased with myself.

“Competing against Rebecca is really good because it makes us more competitive.”

Saunders secures Reading one-two

Saunders was not far from her teammate’s overall score as she secured her second medal of the competition. She was ahead of Staples after the Figures competition, sitting behind overall Figures winner Evie Walker.

Saunders swam to Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Victor Manuelle and secured silver with an overall score of 118.2567, receiving 58.9667 for her Free routine.

The final podium place went to Walker of Trafford. She finished with 117.6193 for bronze, scoring 56.6000 for her Solo routine.

12 & Under Yrs Solo Results

RankClubRoutineFiguresOverall
1Madeleine Staples
(Reading Royals)
60.200059.2561119.4561
2Rebecca Saunders
(Reading Royals)
58.966759.2900118.2567
3Evie Walker
(Trafford Synchro)
56.600061.0193117.6193
4Georgia Baker
(Walsall)
57.933359.1497117.0830
5Taliah Alves
(Walsall)
58.100058.6861116.7861
6Emma Laycock
(City of Leeds)
56.900059.3478116.2478
7Carla Pietrafesa
(London Regional)
56.300058.1545114.4545
8Lily Halasi
(London Regional)
56.066757.2513113.3180
9Hayley Pullen
(Reading Royals)
55.166757.2223112.3890
10Madeleine Brown
(Portsmouth Victoria)
53.566758.6764112.2431
11Darcy Irwin
(City of Leeds)
55.433356.2414111.6747
12Maddison Kaney
(City of Leeds)
54.300056.6378110.9378
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