Great Britain’s synchronised swimmers qualified three of the four finals on the opening three days of the European Games in Baku despite half of the team having to take school exams in Baku.
Rushmoor’s Danielle Cooper, the youngest in the team at 15, had to take one of her GCSE history exams in Baku just a day after arriving in the city, while City of Leeds’ Rebecca Richardson and Reading Royals’ Emma Critchley both took GCSE chemistry.
Meanwhile, Reading’s Esme Lower and Birmingham’s Phoebe Bradley-Smith took A-level exams on Thursday – the day before competing in the Team preliminaries.
But the Brits have pulled together to reach the finals of the Duet, Team and Free Combination with top 10 rankings in both team events.
Genevieve Randall and Jodie Cowie, who are hoping to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics, placed 12th on 75.1667 in the Duet prelims and maintained their position with their Figures results to reach Monday’s final.
The Brits also maintained their ranking of 10th in the Team event, scoring 75.1000 for their routine and an average of 68.1716 for their Figures, while their 74.9000 in the Free Combination prelims also saw them progress in 10th.
Randall’s Solo was the only routine where the 17-year old failed to progress, placing 13th overall after Figures, but her Solo routine performance – which she was competing for the first time – ranked 10th on the day on 76.2333.