Back in December the ASA England Talent squads were selected from the results of the National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships and a trial camp. The Age Group squad is made up of 10 athletes, aged 13 to 15, and the Junior squad has 11 athletes aged 15 to 18.
Last month both teams headed for the coastal town of Rijeka in Croatia, to compete in the 2014 Promorje Cup.
Even though the Junior squad had some very tough opposition in the figures, solo and duet events (from a set of triplets who used to swim as the top pairing for Greece but are now waiting for their citizenship for Austria!), they performed well with some excellent and technically difficult routines.
Corrie Leech was top performing junior athlete in figures, coming in 11th place with a score of 65.7. A close 12th place went to teammate Phoebe Bradley-Smith, who then went on to finish 7th in the solo, with a near-perfect routine (67.7).
Leech and Elise Denner performed a well-synchronised and technically difficult duet routine, finishing in a close fourth place. Lara Hockin and Emma Carpenter also performed a duet routine, finishing just behind the other England pair in fifth.
The Junior team swam the 2012 Olympic Peter Pan routine, a well-executed routine with difficult figures, pattern changes and faultless lifts. They were in a class of their own, scoring 71 and achieving first place ahead of the home team from Croatia.
Age Group squad
The Age Group squad added to this with a further two golds, in duet and team.
All team members finished in the top 20, which was a fantastic result as there were 60 participants taking part.
England's top four athletes took second through to fifth in the figures, with the top English scorer Kate Shortman (the youngest athlete in the competition) finishing on 65.3.
Shortman also competed in the duet with Isabelle Thorpe (the second youngest) and they out-shone their competitors with a fast, clean routine to win the gold medal with a score of 67.4. Once the figures were added, they finished a total of four marks ahead of their Austrian competitors.
In the solo comp, Rebecca Richardson scored 67.7 winning her bronze, behind the Hungarian and Austrian competitors.
Just like the juniors, the team were in a league of their own, swimming a shorter version of the Peter Pan routine, demonstrating the routine's artistic features and creative lifts, to won gold ahead of the Czech and Austrian teams.