Rushmoor's golden display at Synchro National Masters Championships

Rushmoor dominated the Swim England Synchro National Masters Championships as they won medals in every category.

They bettered their performance from 12 months ago as they claimed eight golds, three silvers and a bronze to be the most successful club at the event in Rugby.

Clubs from London won an impressive 11 medals to be the most successful region at the competition with great swims from Aquavision, Kingston Synchro, Out To Swim and Seymour.

The Combination team event saw a number of different clubs medalling,  demonstrating the development in this area of synchronised swimming. Rushmoor (40-65), Aqua Vision (25-29) and Norwich (18-24) all won golds.

The University of Bristol, first time entrants to the competition and who recently formed in October 2018 with support from Swim England, earned a silver medal in the Combination Team event 18-24 age group.

Also representing University Teams, but just outside of the medal table, were Imperial College London, who also gave a good performance and showed the strength of the development within the sport.

Rushmoor were again a dominant force in the duet competition with three golds across the age categories.

Andrea Holland and Caroline McDonald, Carla Sanders and Angela Boitsidis and April Poulter and Debbie Carpenter added to the overall total for the club.

Bigger and better event

An impressive show from the Midlands region saw Rykneld Synchro and Walsall collect duet golds.

Alexandra Kudryl and Zoe Cooper were victorious for Walsall in the 30-39 age group, while Alyssa Ward and Katie Pearce topped the podium in the 18-24 age group.

There were a number of impressive performances in the Free Team Event as the swimmers impressed with their lots and creativity.

Rushmoor were triumphant in the 18-24 and 35-49 age groups, while Brighton (50-64) and Seymour (25-34) were also gold medallists.,

A spokesman from Swim England said: “The 2018 National Masters event was bigger and better than the 2017 event with a 25% increase in entries.

“With representation from Universities, LGBT teams and mixed duets, we are increasing our reach and diversity through the performance of synchro.

“The community should be proud of their achievements and look forward to the 2019 event.”

Picture: Morgan Harlow

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