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Masters synchro swimmers scoop 10 medals at World Champs

England’s Masters synchronised swimmers scooped 10 medals with a series of impressive performances at the World Championships in Budapest.

Following on from Isabelle Thorpe and Kate Shortman’s breakthrough appearance at their maiden Worlds, swimmers from Seymour, Rushmoor, Reading Royals, Brighton Dolphin, Kingston, Rugby SC and City of Leeds travelled out to Budapest for the Masters events.

Two Rushmoor pairs reached the podium in the duet events while Jeanne Ansley won Solo medals for City of Leeds, and the mixed duet of Derde Luis Exposito and Zeng Yixin also reached the podium.

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Rushmoor’s Andrea Holland and Carolyn Wilson came into the event as reigning European Masters champions, having won Duet gold in the 50-59 Yrs age group in London last year.

The pair were the top European competitors again in Budapest, winning bronze in the Tech routine (65.1250) and silver in the Free (63.9625) to land overall bronze on 129.0875.

Clubmates Rachel Davies and Grace Reukers also won bronze for their combined score of 123.8250 in the 40-49 Yrs age group. The pair finished fourth in both individual routines.

Exposito and Zeng become first British international medallists in Mixed Duet

Seymour’s Exposito and Zeng won overall silver in the Mixed Duet after silvers in both the Tech and Free routines for the 30-39 Yrs age group.

The event was being held for the first time at a World Masters Championship, having made its debut at the elite Worlds in 2015.

The pair scored 65.3750 for their technical routine and 62.7000 for their free routine to finish on 128.0750.

City of Leeds’ Jeanne Ansley was the other British medallist of the event, winning bronze in both the Solo Tech and Solo Free events in the 70-79 Yrs age group.

Ansley also won the overall Duet bronze for her age group, finishing on 93.5625 after scores of 46.2500 and 47.3125 for her tech and free routines respectively.

In the team events, Rushmoor’s 35-49 Yrs swimmers were fifth overall after the Team Tech and Team Free scores while Seymour were sixth overall in the 25-34 Yrs age group.

The pairs also competed in the Free Combination, with Rushmoor again finishing fifth and Seymour placing seventh.