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Solid start for English synchro swimmers in Ostia

The ASA England Programmes synchronised swimmers made an encouraging start over the first two days of the 2015 Mediterranean Cup in Ostia, Italy.

Competing against some of the top nations in synchronised swimming Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe continued their good form this season to secure a top 10 place in the Duet prelims, scoring 71.3333.

Shortman returned for the Solo prelims on day two, once again finishing ahead of some top synchro nations. She scored the 10th highest routine on 72.7667.

The English swimmers also put in some good team performances in Italy. They scoredthe 10th best Team Free prelim score on 70.5333 then placed sixth in the Free Combination on 68.8333.

The prelim rankings will be determined after the figures on Saturday 8 August before the Solo, Duet and Team finals over the rest of the weekend in Ostia.

Duet showed strong height and travel around the pool

“The duet had a great swim, showing strong height and travel around the pool,” said Team Manager Sarah Clarke. “They were also complimented on their swim by the Russian team afterwards.

“The team executed their lifts well and showed good presentation through their Peter Pan routine.

“Both routines showed improvement from this year’s Croatia competition in June and also from last year’s Mediterranean Cup.

“Kate’s solo showed good technical skill and height. She really showed she owned the routine with her control and presence throughout.

“Finally, the free combination final was a clean swim with an improvement in lifts from their swim in Croatia. They gained sixth position which was the result we were hoping for, just behind some big synchro countries.”