Reading Royals in seventh heaven at Virtual National Age Group ChampionshipsNovember 7, 2021
Dominant Reading Royals won seven of the 10 medals up for grabs in the Swim England Artistic Swimming Virtual National Age Group Championships 2021 13-15 years category.
They celebrated a clean sweep in the solo and free duet competitions, while the club also picked up gold in the team event.
And Reading swimmer Lily Halasi also claimed the Shacklock Trophy for the highest total of routine scores in the solo, duet and team events.
Halasi claimed two golds in the duet and team competitions but was denied a hat-trick of top spots by her Reading team-mate Cara Zeidler in the solo category.
Zeidler scored 66.3000 for her routine to a cover of Forever Young and finish 0.1000 ahead of Halasi.
She said: “I was not expecting it, honestly – I’m just really happy with my performance.
“I have been working on the routine since May. I did not have that much pool time during that time so I did a lot of walk throughs to make sure I kept developing my solo skills.
“I have always loved the original version of the song I chose, Forever Young.
“Me and my coach decided to have a look if there was any nice cover versions and we found a choice I immediately loved.
“Just find the music that makes you feel really excited to swim to and makes you feel really special and really helps to express yourself.”
Reading’s Florence Blinkhorn was third in the solo event with a score of 65.8333.
Halasi and Blinkhorn did top the podium in the free duet category, however, with a total of 69.3000.
Their team-mates Francesca Pringle and Eva Narewska and Elena Smith-Fernandez and Sofija Dakovic finished second and third respectively with scores of 63.1333 and 62.8000
Blinkhorn said: “It feels very accomplished.
“We worked very hard together on this duet and all the little details. It feels very good to have paid off.”
Hat-trick of golds
The Reading team of Beatrice Asker, Blinkhorn, Dakovic, Halasi, Narewska, Pringle, Elena Smith-Fernandez and Zeidler sealed the club’s third gold of the 13-15 years age group in the team event.
They scored 64.5333 to finish 3.2333 points head of the City of Salford team of Isabella Boyle, Francesca-Lily Derbyshire, Sophie Fleming, Alisa Fox, Lotti Horsman, Emilia Hughes, Gabriella Jackson and Eva Lawrence.
Aquavision’s team of Ola Czarnowska, Rose Gormanly, Jessica Hinxman, Holly Hughes, Aisling Khan, Anabelle Sangiorgio, Constantina Tetteh and Olivija Urbonaite were third with a total of 61.1000.
A delighted Dakovic: “It feels very good – we worked very hard for it.”
Asker added: “We have been working on this since the summer when we came out of lockdown.
“It’s been really hard for everyone to get back together again after being on screens for so long.”
Pringle said: “It’s been quite weird. We’re such a close-knit team who are all really good friends. So to get back together again is just fun.”
Aqualina duo triumph
In the Mixed Duet, Aqualina’s Kiarra Janikova and Maxwell Sewell took the gold with a score of 55.0000.
The pair had to perfect their routine around Sewell’s trip to Croatia to compete at the inaugural European Youth Artistic Swimming Championships.
He said: “We started it three months before it was meant to be in.
“We were working around when I was in the Croatia competition so it was quite hard to fit it in but we got it in and our coaches helped us.”
Solo: 12 & Under
|1||Andrea Eliasson||Seymour ASC/td>||61.1000|
|2||Lena Ramanah-Beck||City of Salford||58.6000|
|3||Floella Dixon||Stockport Metro||56.6000|
|4||Summer Paterson-Neild||Reading Royals ASC||55.7000|
|5||Olivia Barry||Rugby SC||55.1000|
|6||Madeleine Fish||City of Leeds ASC||54.9333|
|7||Cerys Snelling||Rushmoor ASC||54.4000|
|8||Lola Huett||Rugby SC||53.3667|
|9||Chloe Bartholomew||Rugby SC||53.1333|
|11||Molly Doolin||Bramcote SC||51.2667|
|12||Molly Lunn||Walsall ASC||50.8667|
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Solo: 13 - 15
|1||Cara Zeidler||Reading Royals ASC||66.3000|
|2||Lily Halasi||Reading Royals ASC||66.2000|
|3||Florence Blinkhorn||Reading Royals ASC||65.8333|
|4||Robyn Ashworth||City of Bristol||65.3000|
|5||Georgia Baker||Walsall ASC||65.0333|
|8||Eve Young||Bramcote SC||62.3333|
|9||Sophie Rowney||Denton ASC||60.4000|
|10||Magdalena Townsend||City of Birmingham||59.3000|
|11||Gabriella Jackson||City of Salford ASC||59.2000|
|13||Emily Taylor||City of Birmingham||58.7417|
|14||Josephine Mozley||Rugby SC||58.6000|
|15||Eva Lawrence||City of Salford ASC||58.3000|
|17||Louise MacDonagh||City of Birmingham||56.9667|
|18||Isabella Boyle||City of Salford ASC||56.6333|
|19||Lana Darcy||Rushmoor ASC||55.9333|
|20||Alexandra Tomusyak||Rushmoor ASC||55.6000|
|21||Anna McGregor||Nairn Synchro||55.5333|
|22||Poppy Williams||Rugby SC||54.7333|
|23||Francesca Rice||Rushmoor ASC||53.9667|
|25||Alice Foster||Stockport Metro||53.6333|
|26||Annie Lu||Stockport Metro||52.4000|
|28||Elsa Whitworth||Taunton and Deane||49.5000|
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Duet: 12 & Under
|1||Andrea Eliasson / Georgina Steele||Seymour ASC||55.1667|
|2||Olivia Barry / Chloe Bartholomew||Rugby SC||54.2333|
|3||Evelyn Isherwood / Shameiah Nanton||Aqualina||51.1667|
|4||Cerys Snelling / Isabelle Calvert||Rushmoor ASC||49.9333|
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Duet: 13 - 15
|1||Lily Halasi / Florence Blinkhorn||Reading Royals ASC||69.3000|
|2||Fransceca Pringle / Eva Narewska||Reading Royals ASC||63.1333|
|3||Elena Smith-Fernandez/ Sofia Dakovic||Reading Royals ASC||62.8000|
|4||Lola Dudkowsky / Olivia Tyers||Rugby SC||61.6333|
|5||Louise MacDonagh / Magdalena Townsend||City of Birmingham||59.6667|
|6||Emily Dossett / Lauren Mcgroarty||City of Leeds ASC||58.1667|
|7||Eve Young / Heather Moore||Bramcote SC||57.4667|
|8||Aisling Khan / Ola Czarnowska||Aquavision||56.6667|
|9||Trinity Townsend / Isla Shiner||City of Birmingham||56.4000|
|10||Alyssa Anderson / Amelie Knight-Markiegi||City of Birmingham||54.4000|
|11||Sofia Becerra-Mugica / Bethany Robinson||Gateshead ASC||54.0333|
|12||Elizabeth Elliot / Rhianna Selby-Nash||Bramcote SC||52.6667|
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Mixed Duet: 12 & Under
|1||Kitty Tyers / Aaron Lee||Rugby SC||41.4667|
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Mixed Duet: 13 - 15
|1||Kiarra Janikova / Maxwell Sewell||Aqualina||55.0000|
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Team: 12 & Under
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Team: 13 - 15
|Reading Royals ASC 1||64.5333|
|City of Salford||61.3000|
|Reading Royals ASC 2||56.4000|
|City of Leeds||55.3667|
Download the full 13 - 15 Team results (PDF)
|Rank||Name||Solo Score||Duet Score||Team Score||Total Score|