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Swim England Synchro Combo Cup 2019

The Swim England Synchro Combo Cup is a unique event in the artistic swimming calendar as it only features free combination performances. The free combo is the most thrilling type of routine with high tempo music, impressive throws and lifts, and up to 10 athletes moving in unison throughout.

Team Bath Synchro Club and Taunton Synchro swimmers competed in the event on 6 July 2019 at the London Aquatics Centre.


Video: Session 1 Highlights

TeamBath Synchro Club came 5th (58.5333). Rugby won the Division 2 title beating second-placed Walsall (62.8667) and bronze medal winners City of Salford (62.6333). Rugby's Co-coach Penny Reed said: “We were really pleased with the swim. They’ve been working six months on this one. This is an adaption of a routine they swam as a free team at the start of the year, but we wanted to come to Combo Cup really badly, so we changed our free routine into a combo routine – added the duets and the solo. It’s come together really well.”

Co-coach Izzy Reed added: “We would have liked them to medal, so we’re obviously pleased they won. It’s a very good score. It’s such a big competition, they were all really looking forward to it. They’ve got matching clothes, pyjamas, they’ve all bonded together and made it an event they’ll remember.”

Halifax stormed to victory in the Division One, event. Swimming 18th, the team dazzled the crowd with a score of 59.5000, winning by more than four marks. Reading Royals were second, while City of Salford won bronze.

Halifax Head coach Joelle Carlespie said: “I was so chuffed, it’s their personal best this year and they get to push me in the pool now, because I said if they got the gold, they could push me in the pool at training. I thought they were a really strong team, but you just don’t know what everyone else in the country is going to do, so I’m so excited. They put so much effort in, they’re like a little family together and they are a really good team

13-18 years

In Division 1, TeamBath Synchro Club finished 10th (52.6333) out of 20 teams. Erith & District’s Team 2 provided a superb finish to the competition, edging out Aqualina Synchro Club to win gold with their performance to The Greatest Showman scoring 56.8667. That was less than half a mark clear of Aqualina.

There was also a close battle for the bronze medal, as Rykneld completed the podium, just .2333 ahead of Walsall.

Erith Coach Alex Wilkes said: “For one of our swimmers, it’s her last swim – she’s going to become a coach now, so it’s amazing that she gets the chance to go out on this high. 56 was what I was thinking in my head. I didn’t tell them, but that’s what I wanted them to get and they almost cracked that 57, so I’m really happy. We’ve been growing and growing, so to go back to the swimming club and say what we’ve achieved is really amazing. They swum their hearts out and they were just so happy. They screamed the changing room down.”

Video: Session 2 Highlights


TeamBath Synchro Club came 12th (44.9333) and Taunton 20th (40.2333) out of 23 teams in Division 1.

Download full results.

Video: Go behind the scenes at the Swim England Synchro Combo Cup 2019 to learn more about how teams choose their music and costumes.

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