The British synchronised swimmers are this week continuing their preparation for the upcoming Olympic Qualifier in March and the LEN European Aquatics Championships in May as they get set to compete at the French Open.
The squad of 11 will compete in the Solo Free, Duet Technical and Free and the Team Technical and Free over the three-day competition in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil from 5-7 February.
The team headed to France will feature two new faces, with 14 year olds Isabelle Thorpe and Kate Shortman both selected for the senior team for the first time.
The young City of Bristol pair picked up the title of England Programmes Synchronised Swimming Athletes of the Year at the ASA Aquatics Awards at the end of last year. This followed a successful season together, which included winning the Primorje Cup in Croatia last June and a strong performance reaching the final at the Mediterranean Cup.
We are looking forward to showing a new routine and competing at both junior international competitions as well as at the Mediterranean Cup.
On her and Kate’s selection and the year ahead, Isabelle commented, “We have both been selected as part of the Age Group, Junior and Senior Squads. We are looking forward to showing a new routine and competing at both junior international competitions as well as at the Mediterranean Cup. Hopefully we can break into the top six duets.”
En route to Rio
Olympians Olivia Federici and Katie Clark will hope to improve on their top ten finish in the Duet at last week’s German Open, as they move one step closer to the Olympic Qualifier in Rio next month.
Bonne chance les filles!