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London crowned winners of first artistic swimming Regional Games

More than 90 youngsters with aspirations of representing their country on the international stage have taken part in the first artistic swimming Regional Games.

London were the inaugural winners of the competition, which was staged at Bristol’s Hengrove Park Leisure Centre.

The event gave 15 talented athletes in the 13-15 age group from each region the chance to impress Swim England talent staff.

Current members of the England youth squad who will be travelling to the European youth Championships in France also took part in the Games.

The Games were held in three phases with teams submitting a land video ahead of the competition in the pool.

Figures were then held with the final stage of the event being a six-person sprint relay.

Points were awarded to all teams for their performance in each phase with London taking the title with a total of 20 points, ahead of the Midlands who were runners up on 16.

Karen Thorpe, Swim England artistic swimming manager, said: “We were delighted to see such a large entry of athletes taking part in the competition.

“It gives us another opportunity to see the talent coming through the system and we know that many of those competing at the Regional Games aspire to make England teams in the future.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy the Games and it was great to give these young athletes another opportunity to display their skills in a competitive environment so soon after the National Age Group Championships.

“It was also an opportunity for members of the England youth squad to take part and practice their figures ahead of their forthcoming international competitions.

“Our thanks go to everyone who helped ensure the day was a success and congratulations to London on their well-deserved victory.”

The England Junior squad also put on a display of their routines during breaks throughout the day before they head to the European Junior Championships in Alicante.

Regional Games results

1 London (figures 7, land 6, relay 7) 20 points

2 Midlands (figures 5, land 7 relay 4) 16 points

3 South East (figures 6, land 3, relay 6) 15 points

4 North East (figures 2, land 5, relay 5) 12 points

5= North West (figures 3 land 4, relay 2) 9 points

5= South West (figures 4 land 2 relay 3) 9 points