Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Championships Day 1 - Gold for Hampson and Lloyd
Greta Hampson kicked off the 2018 Championships with a bang, winning gold in the Technical Solo competition. The City of Bristol teenager was the only swimmer to break 70 points on the day, as she won the senior national title at her first attempt.
Hampson came into the competition with a burgeoning reputation, having won the 15-18 Years National Age Group crown in November 2017. And she cemented her status as one of the country’s rising stars in Nottingham, scoring an impressive 72.9328 to lift the Colin Lushington Memorial Trophy.
While triple Olympian Olivia Federici scored 76.0683 to win the title in 2016, Hampson’s score was the highest on the national stage since Commonwealth medallist Lauren Smith in 2010.
Team Bath’s Ilaria Brandimarte won her third Solo Tech medal in four years as she took silver behind Hampson. The Italian-born swimmer beat her score to win gold in 2015 and bronze last year as she finished with 65.9388.
City of Leeds’ Millicent Costello – fifth behind Hampson in the Solo competition at last year’s National Age Groups – stepped up to take the third spot on the podium.
Costello, who won Free Duet silver with Rebecca Richardson 12 months ago, scored 64.9551.
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Duet Technical - Gold for Greta Hampson and Daniella Lloyd
City of Bristol continued their golden start with Daniella Lloyd and Greta Hampson landing the Duet Tech title, edging past the 70 mark to score 70.0634. The result was made more impressive by the fact that the pair are a relatively new partnership, coming together for the first time to win 15-18 Years Duet gold at the 2017 National Age Group Championships. Both swimmers were part of the British team who finished sixth at March’s World Series event in France.
The medallists for the tech duets at the #SESynchro National Championships are:— Swim England (@Swim_England) 21 April 2018
Daniella Lloyd & Greta Hampson, City of Bristol
Daisy Rushton & Millicent Costello, City of Leeds
Melanie Whitburn & Phoebe Bradley-Smith, City of Birmingham pic.twitter.com/0DwqTvBTx4
City of Leeds’ Daisy Rushton and Millicent Costello were next best, narrowly finishing ahead of City of Birmingham’s Melanie Whitburn and Phoebe Bradley-Smith. The Leeds pair scored 63.8505, handing Costello her second medal of the day to go with her Tech Solo bronze. Whitburn and Bradley-Smith received 62.2430 for their routine to claim the third spot on the podium.
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City of Leeds’ claimed their first title of the weekend as Connor Hill and Rosie Barrington competed in the Mixed Tech Duet. Hill and Barrington are the first mixed pair to compete at the senior national stage in England, and scored 49.8673 for their tech routine.
Free Solo - Gold for Greta Hampson
Hampson became the second City of Bristol swimmer to lift the Helen Elkington Trophy in as many years, following on from last year’s champion Kate Shortman, who went on to reach the World Championship final. The result also saw her add the senior national title to her win in the 15-18 Years age group of 2017’s National Age Group Championships.
Echoing the outcome of the NAG Championships, Hampson’s duet teammate Daniella Lloyd pushed her closest to take silver.
Lloyd scored 69.8667 for her routine, while Reading Royals’ National Age Group 13 – 15 Years Solo champion Mimi Gray scored 68.2667 for bronze.
Ilaria Brandimarte (Team Bath Synchro) scored 66.5333 and finished in fifth place.
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Rushmoor defended their title in the Free Combination and scored 71.5333 for their routine to win the senior national title for the third successive year.
Reading Royals’ young team jumped three places up from last year’s competition to take silver while City of Leeds maintained their bronze medal position from 12 months ago.
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