City of Leeds win three medals in afternoon session at the Combo CupJuly 8, 2023
City of Leeds claimed three medals in the second session to put themselves in a strong position in the race for the Combo Cup.
They won two golds and one silver in the afternoon session at the Swim England Artistic Swimming Combo Cup in Sheffield where City of Bristol and Rugby also won gold.
The performances saw Leeds rise to second place in the Combo Cup standings with 26 points from their three swims in this afternoons session.
City of Leeds started off the session by winning the Division 1 13-15 category. Their overall mark was 57.0000 with their amazing Artistic Impression score of 23.6000 firing them to a commendable total.
The team also performed well in in Execution, which earned them 16.6000 points and even better in Difficulty, where they were scored 16.8000. The winning team included Leah Ratcliffe-Bell, Blythe Gregory, Amy Bridle, Holly Brownridge, Holly Moore, Ellenor Mabbitt-Granahan, Eve Simenton, Jenny Ingham and Tallulah Matthews-Fall.
Today’s silver medallists were Kingston Synchronised Swimming Club (Team 43) who scored 55.8000. They were marked 22.8000 in Artistic Impression, 17.1000 in Difficulty and 15.9000 in Execution.
Amaya Herbert, Amy Kukula, Aoife Comber, Betty Aberdein, Bianca Mocanu, Florrie Hunt, Greta Pousti, Isabella Zenonos, Lilia Camilleri and Maya Pozina represented the London-based club.
Aquaoaks Artistic Swimming Club took bronze with an overall total of 55.2667. The team earned the most marks for their Artistic Impression with 22.6667 points and scored 16.5000 in Difficulty and 16.1000 in Execution.
The team consisted of Abigail White, Ava Terry, Cleo Campbell, Emily Newton, Hazeley Kalisch, Imogen Brand, Imogen Strand, Lauren Copp, Sophia Spencer and Tabitha Tolhurst.
Leeds at the double
Later on in the session, City of Leeds hit the top step once again in the 15 & Under Division 2 category.
They defeated Portsmouth Victoria by almost two points to claim the gold with a strong display from their young team.
Alana Hurst, Abbie Dargan, Bella Tennant, Phillipa Strangeway, Salvador Ingham, Gabriella Ruddick, Ruby Whitehouse, Fillippa Smith, Anna James, Bethany Shrimpton teamed up to score 59.8333 for their routine.
They scored 17.7000 for execution, 23.7333 for artistic impression and 18.4000 for difficulty with no penalty points to claim the title.
Portsmouth Victoria took the runners up spot with a total of 57.9333.
Their team was made up of 10 swimmers as Alexandra Firth, Amelia Gray, Chloe Stanning, Evelyn McClean, Isabelle Higginbottom, Isla Eames, Jessica Midgley, Madeleine Swandell, Matilda Davies, Matilda Dunthorne with Imogen Hill in reserve took home the silver medal.
Bristol win second gold of the day
City of Bristol stopped Leeds’ momentum in the final event of the session as they won gold to put them top of the Combo Cup standings heading into this evening’s competition.
The club claimed their second gold of the day following their success in the Division 1, 13-18 event this morning.
This time round they were victorious in the 12 & Under Division 1 competition with a total score of 47.5000.
Emmy White, Calli Ford, Elsa Lebleu, Rosa Symonds, Isabelle Rodgers, Eleanor Cope, Carys Beardsworth-Murray, Seren Phillips, Giorgia Trozzo, Konstantina Litsiou with Szonja Majoros and Florence Amesbury in reserve won the gold for the club.
It leaves the club top of the overall standings on 32 points as they wait to see if they can hold on to their lead in this evening’s session.
City of Leeds’ rise through the ranks continued as they finished in second place.
Leeds scored 46.5333 for their routine to win silver with Cheltenham finishing narrowly behind them to complete the podium with 46.4000.
Rugby win their first gold of this year’s competition
The top three of this year’s Division 2 12 & Under category, were Rugby Swimming Club, City of Bristol Swimming Club and Aquavision North London Swim Club.
In first place was Rugby, who won their first gold of the day with an overall score of 55.0333.
They scored 21.7333 in Artistic Impression, 17.5000 in Difficulty and 16.8000 in Execution.
Amelie Jeary, Amy Tetlow, Darcey Townsend, Frankie Klym, Keva Ennis, Leah Anstruther, Lola Huett, Lucy Gates, Ruby Shepherd and Aaron Lee all left with gold medals.
The second spot on the podium went to City of Bristol who earnt a total of 54.5667 points. The team scored 21.4667 in Artistic Impression, and had close marks in Execution, 16.5000, and Difficulty, 16.6000.
They were represented by Agnes Rogers, Bonnie Wilshire, Elisabeth Phillips, Emily Mitchell, Eva Guseva, Harper Mosley-Mackenzie, Juliette King, Sofia Amesbury and Wren Jones.
Aquavision rounded out the podium in the competition with a total of 54.0667.
The team were not far behind the City of Britsol and even scored a higher Difficulty mark, with 16.8000 points
However, a mark of 16.2000 in Execution and 21.0667 in Artistic Impression put them in third place despite a strong display.
Aria Irving, Asya Uckun, Carmen Harrison, Christina Kapiris, Elisa Kato, Emily Ellis, Emily Nixon and Victoria Sharashkina made up today’s team.
You can follow the Combo Cup standings and results here.
Images: Will Johnston Photography.