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GB Synchro secure bronze at French Open 2016

The British Synchronised Swimming team competed at the French Open 2016 this weekend as they continue their preparation for the Olympic Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament and the LEN European Aquatics Championships.

The 11 strong team competed in the Solo Free, Duet Technical and Free as well as the Team Technical and Free at the three-day competition in Montreuil, France.

Olympians Katie Clark and Olivia Federici competed in both of the Duet routines and continued to build on the routines they debuted at the German Open.

This was also the first international competition of the season for the team as they look to polish and perfect their performances ahead of the LEN European Aquatics Championships in London.

French Open 2016: Day One

The British Duet of Katie Clark and Olivia Federici finished in tenth place after the Free Duet on the opening day of the French Open.

The London 2012 Olympians scored a point higher than their final routine at the German Open last week.

Their snakes-inspired routine scored 79.1667 and saw them head into the Technical routine in a strong position.

French Open 2016: Day Two

The British Synchronised Swimming team featured in all events on the second day of competition, showing their potential across Technical Duet, Free Solo and Free Team.

Olympians Katie Clark and Olivia Federici were back in action in the Technical Duet. They continued their progress from last weekend’s German Open, scoring a total of 77.3425 and securing 13th place.

Following on from their strong performance in the Free event, the Duet pair looked confident as they began their ‘Good and Evil’ routine.

Hannah Randall was also in action for GB Synchro, performing her Solo routine for one of the first times at an international competition.

She scored a total of 74.5000 and finished in 13th place overall.

Randall, Clark and Federici returned to the water in the final event of the day. They performed alongside Isabelle Thorpe, Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Jorja Brown, Emma Critchley and Kate Shortman in the Technical Team, finishing in fourth place overall with a score of 74.6490.

French Open 2016: Day Three

The British Synchronised Swimming team finished the French Open 2016 with progress in the Duet and Solo and a bronze medal in the Free Team.

The eight-strong team competing in the Free Routine consisted of Isabelle Thorpe, Hannah Randall, Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Danielle Cooper, Jorja Brown, Emma Critchley, Kate Shortman and Zoe James. Each athlete stepped up to show the progress they have made in their first senior international competition together.

The team finished fourth in the Technical routine but went one better in the Free routine, winning bronze with a score of 76.6667.

In her first senior international Solo final, Hannah Randall finished in eighth place overall with a total score of 74.3333.

Katie Clark and Olivia Federici finished in tenth place overall in the Free Final with a score of 78.0333 after performing their snakes-themed routine for the second time of the weeekend.

British team competing at the French Open 2016

  • Phoebe Bradley-Smith (City of Birmingham)
  • Jorja Brown (Rushmoor)
  • Katie Clark (Reading Royals)
  • Danielle Cooper (Rushmoor)
  • Emma Critchley (Reading Royals)
  • Olivia Federici (Rushmoor)
  • Zoe James (Rushmoor)
  • Genevieve Randall (Bristol Central)
  • Hannah Randall (Rushmoor)
  • Kate Shortman (City of Bristol)
  • Isabelle Thorpe (City of Bristol)