Bristol step up for Free Combination gold

City of Bristol SC took the first team title of the ASA National Synchronised Swimming Champs, and their second gold of the opening day, with a fantastic routine in the Free Combination.

The 2014 British silver medallists scored 73.2333 to take the gold medal ahead of Rushmoor Synchro SC (69.0667) and Reading Royals (65.333).

“That felt really good,” said Bristol swimmer Bryony Dale. “Our lifts were so strong which is something that we knew we had to pull off.

“And it just felt really good throughout so we’re all really happy that we’ve won.”

Teammate Emma Holloway added: “That’s probably one of our best scores as a club to get 73.

“And to win by that much as well is a really good achievement for the club.”

Bristol opened their fast-paced routine with an eye-catching start and went on to perform a well choreographed set with a number of surprise elements, all to music from Phantom of the Opera.

Last year’s British champions Rushmoor, performed a magical routine to music from Harry Potter, while Reading Royals brought their Constantinople theme to life with a fast-paced, energetic routine that won them the bronze medal.

The England Talent team picked up the international gold medal with a great performance of their ‘Toys’ routine. With great support from the crowd, they scored 78.0667.

“It was a really good performance,” said team member Hannah Randall. “We’ve had some really good training camps this year, really trying to push our boundaries and that was a really good swim.”

Phoebe Bradley-Smith added: “I think our goals were definitely the lifts and the highlights in the routines and also keeping our patterns really close and just the sharpness of the presentation because it is a really fun routine to watch and perform.”

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