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City of Salford win Mrs Y M Price Trophy for the first time

City of Salford were crowned champions as they took away the prestigious Mrs Y M Price Trophy for first time at the Swim England Artistic Swimming National Age Group Championships.

The trophy, which is awarded to the team with the highest combined figure and team free routine in the Youth age group.

A seven-strong team clinched gold for them in the competition with a combined figure and routine score of 119.7415.

The successful team was made up of Ailsa Fox, Francesca-Lilly Derbyshire, Lena Ramanah-Beck, Lotti Horsman, Neve Lambert, Sophie Fleming with Grace Jenkins in reserve.

Coming into the team event, Salford boasted the highest figure score with an average of 57.1415 for their swimmers.

And the team held their nerve with a stunning routine performance that saw them finish nearly four points ahead of their nearest rivals overall.

For their routine, Salford earned 19.1000 for execution, 25.2000 for artistic impression and 19.3000 for difficulty, giving them a score of 62.6000.

City of Bristol Swimming Club’s Team 1 finished second place in the team standings after a performance that included some impressive deck-work.

Their team of Annelie Johnson, Bo Jones, Hannah Gibbons, Indigo Harris, Joséphine Phillips, Katherine Boitsidis, Molly Hussey, Pia Lanham with Neve Harrison in reserve scored 59.7000 that gave them a total of 115.0934.

Aquavision North London Swimming Club won the bronze medal with a total score of 114.3431 following a team routine that scored them 63.3333.

Andrea Eliasson, Anya Yu, Constantina Tetteh, Evelyn Bernal, Kaila Saltman, Shameiah Nanton, Tess Harrison, Valentina Kapiris with Matilda Steel in reserve made up their squad.

Francesca Pringle of Reading Royals won the Shacklock Trophy, awarded to the swimmer with the highest total routine scores in solo, duet and team events.

Pringle scored 66.9000 in solo, 64.5667 in duet and 63.9000 in free team, totalling 195.3667 overall.

The trophy returns to Reading after Lily Halasi won the trophy in 2022.

London win Richard Whitehead Trophy

London Regional Synchronised Swimming Club won the 12 and under free team event with their lively routine swum to the soundtrack of ‘Rio’, claiming the Richard Whitehead Trophy with a combined total of 109.9676.

This made it three wins in four events for Victoria Sharaskina, who was joined by Arabella Jacobs, Asya Uckun, Christina Kapiris and Elisa Kato, with Aria Irving and Emily Nixon the reserves.

They scored 55.4333 for their routine, with 16.6000 for execution, 22.5333 for artistic impression and 17.3000 for difficulty. This is the first time that the club have won the trophy after finishing second on the podium in 2022.

The silver medal went to the Rugby team, taking their medal tally to five in this age group over the weekend. They swam to ‘Swing Sweet Pussycat’ by The Atomic Fireballs, and scored 54.1000 in their routine, adding to their figure average of 53.0693 to finish on 107.1693 overall.

Rugby’s team consisted of Aaron Lee, Amelie Jeary, Darcey Townsend, Frankie Klym, Keva Ennis, Lois Banadaki and Lola Huett.

In third place was the City of Leeds, scoring 48.9000 for their Dolly Parton routine. They scored 14.5000 for execution, 20.4000 for artistic impression and 16.0000, finishing with a total of 98.0178.

The swimmers were Abbie Dargan, Bella Tennant, Phillipa Strangeway and Salvador Ingham.

Pictures: Will Johnston Photography.

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