Record entries for NAG Synchro Champs 2016

Leeds synchronised swimmer performing backflip

The ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships has seen a record number of entries in 2016.

The Championships take place at GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester from the 2-4 December. There are 323 individual competitors entered across all of the events. This is an increase of five per cent from 2015.

Entries for the Combination events have increased by almost 25 per cent on last year.

The combo events do not have a minimum skill level requirement. They provide more flexibility for athletes at all levels and allows them the chance to compete at a national competition.

Mixed duets entered for the first time

Since the changes to the FINA rules which allowed males to compete in the sport once more, the event has seen mixed duets entered for the first time.

A total of five pairs will compete in the Mixed Duet event, and should bring a new dimension to the competition.

Chair of the ASA Synchronised Swimming Leadership Team, Maria Ramos, said: “Seeing record numbers of young athletes entering our National Age Group Championships shows the growing popularity of the sport at this level.

“It is particularly exciting to see so many more entries in the Combo events. The Combo routines provide so much flexibility for all levels of synchro swimmers and are always crowd pleasers. We can look forward to seeing some great choreography on display.

“I am also really pleased to see some mixed pairs entering the duet events this year. Synchro has historically had a female focus, but every sport should be accessible to all. And the added gender diversity opens up new opportunities and brings a fresh perspective to our sport.”

Synchro growing in popularity

Over the past few years, synchro has been growing in popularity at this level of competition.

Since 2010, the number of athletes entering competitive events has tripled. Figures for recreational events are four times what they were.

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