28th April 2017
Last weekend, synronised swimmers from across the country descended on Nottingham for the ASA National Syncronised Swimming Championships.
There were some great performances from North East clubs and swimmers with many climbing the podium and collecting medals, many congratulates to everyone on who took part. Sarah Speers, the head coach for Leeds Syncronised swimming club provided the following report on the club’s performance at the championships:
We have had our sights firmly on the British Championships for the past 12 months. At last year’s competition the club made the podium in Tech Team, Figures and Free solo. These were the best results the club had ever had- medalling in a team event was a first, and so the annual plan 2016-17 focused on taking this success further.
When we went to Budapest to compete in November, we swam the routines we would be entering at Champs, knowing that practicing these at competition is crucial for feedback and to make improvements. The swimmers worked really hard on camps in the holidays to bring the teams together and improve the execution and scores, and have benefitted from psychology workshops to prepare, in partnership with Leeds Beckett University.
Medalling in every event entered was an amazing achievement. After improving in the combination team by 6 whole marks from last year, and medalling for the first time in this event, we knew we had done the preparation required, and the scores and medals kept coming in! Two of the swimmers (Rebecca Richardson and Millicent Costello) are now working towards international competitions with the England Talent Squad.
The medal results in order of the competition were:
Bronze- Junior Figures (Rebecca Richardson)
Silver- Technical solo (Rebecca Richardson)
Bronze- Combination Team
Bronze- Free solo (Rebecca Richardson)
Bronze- Technical Team
Silver- Free duet (Rebecca Richardson and Millicent Costello)
Bronze- Free Team
City of Leeds were represented by: Jessica Arnold, Rosie Barrington, Samantha Breen, Olivia Burton, Bethany Caudwell, Millicent Costello, Isobel Davies, Georgia Fielding, Ellie Jefferson, Chloe McLelland, Rebecca Richardson, Alyssa Ward.
Rebecca Richardson was the only swimmer to have competed and won a medal in every event in Nottingham, a fantastic achievement!