London duo take Figures golds on opening day of National Age Group ChampionshipsMarch 25, 2023
London Regional Synchronised Swimming Club’s Emily Nixon and Victoria Sharashkina both took gold on the opening day of the 2023 Artistic Swimming National Age Group Championships.
Nixon was crowned champion in the 9-10 Figures event with Sharashkina taking the gold in the 11-12 Age Group.
Sharashkina impressed as she took home the title by more than three points after she came away with a total score of 64.0630 for her four figures.
The London swimmer scored 10.4000, 11.4480, 12.2760, 12.6420 for each of her figure routines on route to the national title.
It saw her claim back to back figures titles after she won the 9-10 Figures competition in 2022.
Evelyn Fornasier took home the silver after she scored 60.9014 for her routines, finishing 3.1616 points behind Sharashkina.
Lola Huett from Rugby Artistic Swimming Club was the only other swimmer to break the 60-point barrier as she won the bronze medal with a total score of 60.2110.
Nixon’s 9-10 figures success
Nixon added to London’s successful opening day after winning gold by just under a point in the 9-10 Figures event.
She scored 55.5863 which broke down into 9.0240, 10.2600, 10.5840, 10.7100 for each figure.
Portsmouth Victoria’s Madeline Swandell just missed out on the title after scoring 54.6932 with Teal Sutton from the City of Birmingham rounding out the medal places with a score of 50.4795.
Speaking on her club’s double success, London coach Rachel Harris said: “we’ve worked really hard on our figures over the last couple of months, especially this weekend so I’m
“They’ve worked around three to four times per week training to get where they have, so they’ve put a lot of effort in and we’ve done a lot of grading in the last six months so they really do deserve it.
“We’re looking to enter a team into the Combo Cup as well as a number of regional competitions so I’m really looking forward to watching them progress throughout the year and I’m so proud of what they’ve done today.”
Boitsidis wins competitions first youth medal
A closely fought Youth Figures contest went the way of City of Bristol Swimming Club’s Katherine Boitsidis.
Boitsidis finished just 0.0272 points ahead of City of Birmingham’s Magdalena Townsend after ending on a total score of 67.0036.
The Bristol swimmer scored 18.5020, 17.7840, 19.8940, 17.5240 for her four figures in a consistent showing.
Townsend had to settle for silver despite putting on a sensational display of control, ending the competition with a total of 66.9764.
In third place and not much further back was Kiarra Janikova of Aqualina Artistic Swimming Club who scored a total of 66.6491 as she narrowly outscored Chloe Hawksworth for the final spot on the podium (66.5709).
Keep up with the live scores via the Swim England Artistic Swimming Live Scoreboard page.
Photos – Will Johnston Photography