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Reading Royals in seventh heaven at Virtual National Age Group Championships

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.

Accomplished display

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.”

Full results

Solo: 12 & Under

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Andrea EliassonSeymour ASC/td>61.1000
2Lena Ramanah-BeckCity of Salford58.6000
3Floella DixonStockport Metro56.6000
4Summer Paterson-NeildReading Royals ASC55.7000
5Olivia BarryRugby SC55.1000
6Madeleine FishCity of Leeds ASC54.9333
7Cerys SnellingRushmoor ASC54.4000
8Lola HuettRugby SC53.3667
9Chloe BartholomewRugby SC53.1333
10Evelyn IsherwoodAqualina52.5000
11Molly DoolinBramcote SC51.2667
12Molly LunnWalsall ASC50.8667

Solo: 13 - 15

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Cara ZeidlerReading Royals ASC66.3000
2Lily HalasiReading Royals ASC66.2000
3Florence BlinkhornReading Royals ASC65.8333
4Robyn AshworthCity of Bristol65.3000
5Georgia BakerWalsall ASC65.0333
6Holly HughesAquavision63.1667
7Jessica HinxmanAquavision63.0000
8Eve YoungBramcote SC62.3333
9Sophie RowneyDenton ASC60.4000
10Magdalena TownsendCity of Birmingham59.3000
11Gabriella JacksonCity of Salford ASC59.2000
12Kiarra JanikovaAqualina58.8667
13Emily TaylorCity of Birmingham58.7417
14Josephine MozleyRugby SC58.6000
15Eva LawrenceCity of Salford ASC58.3000
16Aisling KhanAquavision57.2000
17Louise MacDonaghCity of Birmingham56.9667
18Isabella BoyleCity of Salford ASC56.6333
19Lana DarcyRushmoor ASC55.9333
20Alexandra TomusyakRushmoor ASC55.6000
21Anna McGregorNairn Synchro55.5333
22Poppy WilliamsRugby SC54.7333
23Francesca RiceRushmoor ASC53.9667
24Heather MannAqualina53.6333
25Alice FosterStockport Metro53.6333
26Annie LuStockport Metro52.4000
27Iris RowlandAqualina51.0333
28Elsa WhitworthTaunton and Deane49.5000

Duet: 12 & Under

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Andrea Eliasson / Georgina SteeleSeymour ASC55.1667
2Olivia Barry / Chloe BartholomewRugby SC54.2333
3Evelyn Isherwood / Shameiah NantonAqualina51.1667
4Cerys Snelling / Isabelle CalvertRushmoor ASC49.9333

Duet: 13 - 15

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Lily Halasi / Florence BlinkhornReading Royals ASC69.3000
2Fransceca Pringle / Eva NarewskaReading Royals ASC63.1333
3Elena Smith-Fernandez/ Sofia DakovicReading Royals ASC62.8000
4Lola Dudkowsky / Olivia TyersRugby SC61.6333
5Louise MacDonagh / Magdalena TownsendCity of Birmingham59.6667
6Emily Dossett / Lauren McgroartyCity of Leeds ASC58.1667
7Eve Young / Heather MooreBramcote SC57.4667
8Aisling Khan / Ola CzarnowskaAquavision56.6667
9Trinity Townsend / Isla ShinerCity of Birmingham56.4000
10Alyssa Anderson / Amelie Knight-MarkiegiCity of Birmingham54.4000
11Sofia Becerra-Mugica / Bethany RobinsonGateshead ASC54.0333
12Elizabeth Elliot / Rhianna Selby-NashBramcote SC52.6667

Mixed Duet: 12 & Under

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Kitty Tyers / Aaron LeeRugby SC41.4667

Mixed Duet: 13 - 15

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Kiarra Janikova / Maxwell SewellAqualina55.0000

Team: 12 & Under

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Cerys Snelling
Eva Fitzgerald
Isabelle Calvert
Pippa Welch
Rushmoor ASC52.4667
2Olivia Barry
Chloe Bartholomew
Kitty Tyers
Saranne Black
Agata Scerbakova
Jemma King
Lola Huett
Rugby SC52.3333
3Ella-Rose Price
Kali-Mae Fletcher
Isabelle Broomhall
Molly Lunn
Walsall ASC45.9333

Team: 13 - 15

RankNameClubOverall Score
1Cara Zeidler
Elena Smith-Fernandez
Eva Narewska
Florence Blinkhorn
Lily Halasi
Sofia Dakovic
Francesca Pringle
Beatrice Asker
Reading Royals ASC 164.5333
2Alisa Fox
Emilia Hughes
Eva Lawrence
Francesca-Lily Derbyshire
Gabriella Jackson
Isabella Boyle
Lotti Horsman
Sophie Fleming
City of Salford61.3000
3Aisling Khan
Anabelle Sangiorgio
Constantina Tetteh
Holly Hughes
Jessica Hinxman
Ola Czarnowska
Olivija Urbonaite
Rose Gormanly
Aquavision61.1000
4Lola Dudkowsky
Olivia Tyers
Josephine Mozley
Poppy Williams
Matilda John
India Townsend
Rugby SC58.5000
5Casey Clews
Elizabeth Woodward
Eva Lunn
Georgia Baker
Isobel Miles
Jesika-Lily Fletcher
Molly Isherwood
Summer Westwood
Walsall ASC57.4000
6Amy Wilson
Eloise Hackett
Elizabeth Cox
Diya Kaushik
Louisa Horlock
Naomi Morgan
Anneliese Guillory
Reading Royals ASC 256.4000
7Anna Whitaker
Ava Proctor
Emily Dossett
Isla Puttick
Lauren McGroarty
Lucy Whitaker
Zara Newton
City of Leeds55.3667
8Aiko Martin
Alexandra Tomusyak
Connie Pendleton
Francesca Rice
Lana Darcy
Rushmoor55.1333
9Elizabeth Elliott
Eve Young
Heather Moore
Rhianna Selby-Nash
Bramcote SC53.9667
10Erin Hodgson
Gabriela Anderson
Olivia Chalkley
Kiarra Janikova
Sophie Smith
Maxwell Sewell
Aqualina51.3333
11Alice Foster
Annie Lu
Lily Crawford
Siena Oxby
Stockport Metro47.7667

Shacklock Trophy

RankNameSolo ScoreDuet ScoreTeam ScoreTotal Score
1Lily Halasi66.200069.300064.5333200.0333
2Florence Blinkhorn65.833369.300064.5333199.6666
3Eve Young62.333357.466753.9667173.7667
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