On the first day of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championship there were performances from GB’s Jorja Brown and Genevieve Randall in the International Junior Figures competition. Brown ranked fourth (74.1600) with Randall close behind in fifth (73.1927), both narrowly missing out on medals. Gold was won by Jacqueline Simoneau of Canada, with a huge 80.7418.
In the domestic comp, Bristol Central’s Corrie Leech took gold with a score of 70.6655 ahead of Phoebe Bradley-Smtih of City of Birmingham SC (69.5818), and Esme Lower of Reading Royals SSC (67.6400). It was to be the first medal of a very successful few days for Leech.
Having missed out on a medal the day before, GB’s Genevieve Randall produced a beautiful performance in the International Free Solo to score 77.6000, taking silver behind Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau (87.6667).
Corrie Leech won her second gold with a score of 69.1667 in a very tense Free Solo final, producing a routine showing impressive changes of pace. Birmingham City SC’s Phoebe Bradley-Smith took her second silver of the competition (69.0000) and bronze was awarded to Walsall’s SC’s Eleanor Holder (66.5333).
In the Technical Duet, Fiona Currie and Olivia Monks from Trafford SSC achieved gold with impressive use of the pool space and strong lifts (60.7680), ahead of Walsall SSC’s Eleanor Holder and Kate Reynolds with 59.1599. Bronze went to Lucy Rouse and Madison Griffith from City of Birmingham SC, who scored 50.9509 for an original routine with good positioning, but a slight lack of height and timing issues lost them a few points.
In the Technical Team event, Bristol Central (64.2413) demonstrated strong extra figures to steal the top spot from reigning champions, Rushmoor SC, who came in second with 63.6136 just ahead of Reading Royals (63.4047).
Walsall SC’s Eleanor Holder snatched gold in the Technical Solo with a dynamic performance (65.9559). Bristol Central’s Emma Holloway (65.0917) came a close second with a calmer, more poignant routine which really highlighted her confidence in the water. A ‘Les Miserables’ interpretation showcasing skill and strength, gave Shannon Mcginty from City of Preston SC third place (62.3063).
Rushmoor SC in action
Having lost their Technical Team crown, Rushmoor SC took gold in the Free Combination (71.4667), showing precise control, excellent pool movement and quick, seamless transitions. They were followed closely by Bristol Central SC, who performed an energetic routine including an impressive double lift to score 71.4000. Bronze was awarded to Reading Royals SC whose quick pattern changes and high level of technical difficulty kept them strong contenders throughout their routine (66.9000).
The final day of the competition was full of fiery performances, and gave Bristol Central’s Corrie Leech two further golds, taking her competition tally to 5 golds and one silver!
Leech, with her partner Elise Denner, looked confident from the start, performing Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici's routine from the 2008 Olympics, to secure gold in the Duet Free (69.8000). City of Birmingham's Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith (66.9333) showed excellent timing and use of the pool to achieve silver, while Rushmoor's Emma Carpenter and Lara Hockin took the bronze scoring 66.9000.
In the Free Team, Bristol Central (71.8667) won their fifth gold in the Championships, and the Redwood Trophy, showing a high level of artistic and creative flair. Rushmoor scored 69.8000 to take the silver, while Reading Royals SC gave a jazzy performance with a Chicago theme to claim bronze on 67.3333.