Reading and Salford dominate podium on Artistic Swimming Nationals opening dayApril 23, 2022
Reading Royals and City of Salford dominated the podium positions on the opening day of the Swim England Artistic Swimming National Junior and Senior Championships 2022.
Reading Royals A finished on top in the Free Combination competition and secured four of the six medal places in the Technical Duet competition.
Their team of Eleanor Blinkhorn, Beatrice Crass, Tara Dakovic, Charlie Razzell, Lily Gidney, Madeleine Brown, Rebecca Saunders, Elena Smith-Fernandez, Florence Blinkhorn, Lily Halasi and Cara Zeidler racked up a total of 72.5000 points.
In the Technical Duet competition, Eleanor Blinkhorn and Smith-Fernandez, with Razzell in reserve, won both the senior and junior gold medals.
They achieved an overall score of 70.6839 after being awarded 21.4000 for execution, 21.4000 for artistic impression and 27.8839 for elements.
Their teammates, Brown and Saunders, also teamed up to win junior silver and senior bronze with a score of 66.6441.
The junior bronze medals were awarded to City of Bristol’s Lilly Todd and Laurel Allen (65.4086).
Super silver for Salford
City of Salford were the silver medal-winning Free Combination team, finishing just 1.8667 behind Reading.
A strong performance from Aimee Lawrence, Alicia Cox, Amy Outram, Ellie Alder, Lauren Redfern, Libby Taylor, Mollie McDermott, Prudence Hubbard, Rhiannon Woodhouse, Zoe Taylor and Isabella Boyle earned a score of 70.6333.
Finishing in third with a total of 65.2333 was the City of Leeds team of Tilly Budd, Olivia Burton, Niamh Cooper, Eleanor Crabtree, Emily Dossett, Scarlet Garland, Georgina Hayes, Darcy Irwin and Megan Wright.
The Salford-based club also took the senior silver medal in the Technical Duet through Libby Taylor and Lawrence.
The duo were awarded 20.2000 for execution, 20.3000 for artistic impression and 27.4785 for elements which resulted in an overall total of 67.9785.
Taking the victory and the gold medal in the Technical Mixed Duet were Rushmoor’s pairing of Ranjuo Tomblin and Maria Smith Fernandez, with Alexandra Tomusyak in reserve. They scored 64.7391.