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Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships 2019

Figures Swatman was a double gold medallist on the opening day of the Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships in Manchester. The Walsall swimmer won the silver medal in the 13-15 figures competition in the 2018 competition but went one better this year at the Manchester Aquatics Centre to top the podium

In the figures, Swatman  scored an impressive 66.9772 to finish 2.6635 points clear of the rest of the field. Eleanor Blinkhorn took the silver medal for Reading Royals SSC with a score of 64.3137, while her team mate, Alexandra Thickett, was third on 63.2843.

London Regional Synchronised Swimming Club member Lily Halasi admitted she felt ‘incredible’ after winning gold with 64.0328 to take the 12 years and under figures title, finishing 3.5892 points ahead of second place Eve Young, from Rugby SC, (60.6103) at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

After receiving her medal, a proud Halasi said: “It’s incredible – I feel as though all the hard work has paid off.”

Reading Royals’ Florence Blinkhorn was the bronze medallist, finishing with a total of 59.8827.

London Regional enjoyed a one-two finish in the 9-10 figures event. Daria Foronova triumphed with a score of 55.2489, which put her only 0.2676 points clear of her team-mate Shameiah Nanton (54.9813).

Stockport Metro’s Floella Dixon was third on 49.4366 points.


Robyn Swatman teamed up with Olivia Baker who was fifth in the figures contest to enable the pair to retain the 13-15 years duet crown they won in 2018. Swatman and Baker (66.5667) comfortably won by more than five points, finishing with an overall total of 130.6582.

City of Salford’s Alicia Cox and Libby Taylor were 5.4866 points adrift in second place on 125.1716 after scoring 63.3333 for their routine. The bronze medal went to the Reading Royals SSC pair of Alexandra Thickett and Lottie Moghul who scored 62.7667 to finish with a total of 124.3059.

London Regional also celebrated victory in the 12 years and under duet competition.

Jessica Hinxman and Annabelle Sangiorgio, who finished sixth and seventh respectively in the figures competition, topped the podium after scoring 53.1333 for their routine.

That gave them a combined score of 111.7859, which was 3.4981 ahead of the Stockport Metro duet of Annie Lu and Marisa Whitehurst (108.2878).

Henley Synchronised SC’s pairing of Emma Buckley and Eva Narewska won the bronze medal with a total of 107.864. Solo

Robyn Swatman maintained her bid for a clean sweep of golds at the Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships.

Figures and duet champion Robyn Swatman finished almost five points ahead of the 13-15 years solo field to claim her third gold medal of the weekend at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. It also ensured she retained the title she won at the 2018 National Age Group Championships.

The Walsall swimmer, and member of the Swim England Synchronised Swimming Talent Programme age group squad, scored 69.2000 in her routine to add to her figures total of 66.9772 to finish with a combined score of 136.1772. She put her success down to working harder in the pool after finishing second in the figures competition in 2018.

Swatman said: “Since coming second last year, I haven’t really changed any of my training. I have just trained more often and with some different coaches.”

Reading Royals’ Eleanor Blinkhorn claimed the silver medal as she finished 4.6302 adrift of Swatman. She finished on 131.5470 following her solo routine, which scored 67.2333.

Walsall’s Olivia Baker, who won the duet title with Swatman, was in third place. Her routine total of 65.9000 meant she finished with a score of 127.1059.

Lily Halasi sealed her second national title of the weekend with victory in the 12 years and under solo. Halasi, who is a member of the Swim England Synchronised Swimming Talent programme development squad, was the only competitor in the 12 years and under category to score more than 60 points for her solo routine.

Her total of 61.8667 combined with her figures score of 64.0328 gave her an overall tally of 125.8995 – 8.1835 points ahead of her nearest rival, Florence Blinkhorn of Reading Royals SSC. Florence’s routine score of 57.8333 and figures total of 59.8827 saw her finish on 117.7160 points to take the silver medal.

Rugby’s Eve Young was the bronze medallist with a final score of 116.8103 (56.2000 routine and 60.6103 figures).

Team Combination

In the 13-15 years combination, City of Salford were emphatic winners – beating second place Rugby SC by 10.2098 points and  bronze medallists City of Birmingham SC by 13.8462.

Their squad of Alicia Cox, Amy Kenny, Cienna Bhatti, Ellen Stevens, Ellie Alder, Eva Lawrence, Georgina Wareham, Katie McNeill, Lauren Hamilton, Libby Taylor, Mollie Mcdermott and Rhiannon Woodhouse finished with a score of 118.1454.

Rugby’s team of Abbey Jelf-Barrow, Ariane Sargent, Charlotte Putt, Emily Ogg, Eve Howard, Georgia Lindsay, Jadine Carroll and Sophie Thomas scored 107.9356.

Meanwhile, Amelie Knight-Markiegi, Ella Corcoran, Emily Taylor, Esther Cotgrave, Isla Shiner, Marie-Ange Siegfried, Natasha Ivory-White and Trinity Townsend scored a total of 104.2992 for third-placed City of Birmingham SC.

In the 12 years and under team combination, Stockport Metro won the gold medal. Their team of Alice Foster, Annie Lu, Floella Dixon, Katie Randall, Marisa Whitehurst and Siena Oxby scored 51.6000 for their routine which gave them an overall total of 104.4466. Team Free

City of Bristol finally got their hands on the free team gold medal after agonisingly missing out on the 13-15 years title in the 2018 competition when they were adjudged to have performed too many acrobatic lifts in their routine. A two-point deduction imposed for the infringement saw them drop from first place to third in the rankings.

But they made up for that disappointment as they sealed top spot at Manchester Aquatics Centre with a total score of 123.7318 – 65.4667 for the routine and 58.2651 for the figures.

Abbey Wilcox, Cajsa Johnson, Isabelle Bowyer, Laurel Allen, Lilly Todd, Nia Rushton, Rhiannon Hobbs, Sarah Perks and Zoe Dimond were all part of the victorious City of Bristol squad.

Todd said: “Last year, we were crying right now – we thought we had won gold but that wasn’t the case.”

And Allen added: “We worked do hard, thought we had got the gold and were then given a penalty – we were so upset. That moment was horrible but now we’ve got gold, we’re so happy.”

City of Bristol finished 3.324 ahead of City of Salford Synchronised Swimming Club, who scored 120.5994 points.

Alicia Cox, Amy Kenny, Cienna Bhatti, Ellie Alder, Katie McNeill, Libby Taylor, Mollie McDermott and Rhiannon Woodhouse finished with a total of 63.9667 for their routine and 56.6327 for the figures) to take the silver medal.

Reading Royals, who won the gold medal in 2018 following Bristol’s points deduction, had to settle for the bronze medal this time.

Alice Broomfield, Amelia Gelder, Charlie Razzell, Emilia Wood, Lottie Moghul, Madeleine Brown, Martha Crawford, Mia Palmer and Rebecca Saunders scored 63.7000 for their routine which, when combined with their figures total of 53.4199, saw them finish on 117.1199 points.

In the 12 years and under free team event, London Regional Synchronised SC were triumphant. The victory gave Lily Halasi her third gold medal of the championships following success in the solo and figures events.

Halasi was joined by Annabelle Sangiorgio, Daria Foronova, Jessica Hinxman, Ola Czarnowska and Shameiah Nanton scored 55.9000 for the routine. Their figures total of 57.9132 gave them a combined score of 113.8132, which ensured they were 2.8716 ahead of second placed Reading Royals SSC.

Their team of Beatrice Askar, Florence Blinkhorn, Francesca Pringle and Katherine Boitsidis finished with a score of 110.9416 (53.9333 routine and 57.0082 figures).

Henley Synchronised SC were the bronze medallists. Annie Skaanild, Emma Buckley, Eva Narewska and Zara Warren ended on 106.7131 points after scoring 49.8000 for their routine and 56.9131 for the figures.

Mixed Duet

In the 13-15 Mixed Duet, City of Swansea Aquatic Club’s Rosa George and Ioan Gravell won a commemorative gold medal. Their total of 47.4000 put them 1.3333 clear of the Atlantis duo of LeAnne Tomblin and Ranjuo Tomblin, who scored 46.0667 to take the Swim England national title.

In the 12 years and under mixed duet, Aqualina Synchro Club’s Kiarra Janikova and Maxwell Sewell took the gold with a total of 48.7333.

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