Bristol Central dominate on day three of Synchro Champs 2014
The final day of the British Gas Synchro Championships 2014 saw explosive performances across the domestic and international entries.
The international duet from Canada achieved gold thanks to great height in their figures and an impressive double lift which showed excellent synchronisation, receiving an impressive score of 87.4667. The Netherland senior duet had a dynamic routine, with clean and crisp leg movements which secured a score of 81.1333. The Netherlands juniors used the pool well, demonstrating good height in their figures to score a strong 77.9667, winning a gold medal in the junior competition and a bronze in the open. GB’s duet unfortunately had to withdraw due to injury.
In the domestic competition Bristol Central SC’s duet looked confident from the start, performing a Team GB routine from the 2008 Olympics which secured their fourth gold medal across the championship with a score of 69.8000. City of Birmingham showed excellent timing and use of the pool to achieve silver, scoring 66.9333. Rushmoor SC’s 66.9000 saw them awarded the bronze medal thanks to an intense and powerful routine that highlighted the duet’s impressive fitness levels.
In the international Free Team, Team GB had interesting and technical choreography which flaunted precise movements. They maintained tight formations despite having only seven out of eight swimmers in the pool (79.0667).
In the domestic Free Team, securing their fifth gold in the championships and the Redwood Trophy, Bristol Central SC showed a high level of artistic and creative flair, scoring 71.8667. Coming a close second with a score of 69.8000 was the Rushmoor team, with great pattern changes and smooth transitions in a uniquely choreographed routine. Reading Royals SC gave a jazzy performance with a Chicago theme, showing good height throughout and a great lift to finish, placing them third with a score of 67.3333.
Maria Shortman, Lead Coach for Bristol SC said, “It takes about five years to pull a squad like this together, so this is the result of about five years work. Winning the Redwood Trophy is an amazing achievement. I remember winning that myself as a swimmer and the whole coaching team that has helped the squad have also won in the past so for the girls to take that away from today is fantastic.”
Bristol’s Corrie Leech had a particularly successful event, Shortman commented “It’s been a phenomenal competition for Corrie who’s played a large role in helping Bristol achieve six out of the team’s seven medals. She’s had an injury to contend with and suffered with flu recently so she really has gone above.”
Corrie Leech said, “I really don’t know how I’ve done it. This year’s competition has been so different from last year when we were coming second and third in every event. I’ve really tried hard in training and have been really pushing myself so that I can put everything into my performance.”