The ASA National Synchronised Swimming Championships 2016 will take place this weekend at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Nottingham. A high class field will compete for national titles, as well as selection for the LEN European Aquatics Championships.
The competition will see the junior figures, technical solo and duet routines, and the free combination on the opening day before the free routines and the team technical routine on the Sunday.
Ones to watch
City of Bristol pair Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe will be ones to watch in the Duet competition, competing for the first time at senior level.
Shortman and Thorpe have dominated their age group for the past few years at junior level, and were named England Programmes synchronised swimming athletes of the year in 2015.
Reading Royals’ Emma Critchley will be setting her sights on another podium finish in the Championship Solo event.
Critchley won silver behind 2015 Solo Free champion Hannah Randall at December’s National Age Group Champs, but Randall will be competing for Great Britain in the Open Solo event this time round, and not eligible for the domestic title.
Randall will take on Phoebe Bradley-Smith and London 2012 Olympian Olivia Federici in the Open Solo event, with Federici competing at her first senior nationals since 2011.
Federici will also combine with fellow Olympian Katie Clark as the pair return to competitive action for the first time since securing a quota place for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Team events are always a highlight of senior nationals with City of Bristol looking to retain their Championship clean sweep, having won gold in the Team Tech, Team Free and Free Combination 12 months ago.