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Reading Royals secure top two finish in national figures competition

Reading Royals swimmer Lily Halasi won gold on the opening day of the Swim England Artistic Swimming National Age Group Championships 2022.

The youngster scored a total of 72.7653 in the 13-15 figures competition to finish ahead of her teammate, Florence Blinkhorn, who took silver.

Halasi scored 16.5733, 22.9400, 15.6200 and 16.1767 for each of her figure routines to take the national title.

Blinkhorn was the only other swimmer to break the 70-point barrier, finishing less than 1.5 points behind Halasi with a total score of 71.3469.

Taking the bronze medal was Bramcote’s Eve Young with a score of 69.4932.

On the performances, Reading Royals performance coach, Kelly-Anne Russell, said: “We’re really proud. Florence and Lily have been working really hard to improve their figures for their duet as well, so for them to have placed first and second we’re over the moon – really, really good.

“I’m really happy with the standard they’ve shown. In training you couldn’t get two more dedicated swimmers.”

“They are always focused, always putting in the hours, the time they need, without complaint. They’re really coachable girls and both really want to do well.

“They’ve got really good drive and competitive spirit but obviously they’re duet partners too so they work together and encourage each other as well which is nice to see.

“With pools closing and people unfortunately getting sick it’s been really difficult to keep the consistency of training going all the time, but somehow we’ve manged to.

“I’m really excited for the rest of the competition because I really want to see their duets and I know they’re going to be super excited to do their solos, and then team.”

Salford secure 11-12 figures gold

In the 11-12 figures competition, Salford’s Lena Ramanah-Beck took the gold medal with her score of 63.4490.

Each of her figures scored 10.2933, 11.5267, 12.2233 and 11.6400 respectively.

Bramcote secured a second medal of the figures as Molly Doolin added a silver medal to Young’s bronze.

Doolin achieved a total score of 57.3611 meaning she narrowly outscored City of Bristol’s Hannah Gibbons, who finished in the bronze medal place with 57.3149.

London win 9-10 figures title

Victoria Sharashkina was victorious in the 9-10 figures competition to claim gold.

The London Synchro swimmer scored a total of 54.5371 which broke down into 8.9067, 10.1333, 10.3867 and 9.8400 for each figure.

The silver medallist was Rugby’s Keva Ennis with a score of 47.3981 and City of Preston’s Imogen Shellcross won bronze.

Keep up with the live scores via the Swim England Artistic Swimming Live Scoreboard page.