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Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Masters Championships 2019

16 November 2019 - K2 Crawley

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Free Solo


Andrea Holland won her sixth consecutive Free Solo title at the Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Masters Championships, claiming gold in the 60-69 age group. 

Holland, who won duet gold alongside Carolyn Macdonald at the World Masters Championships in August, swam to a stirring track from The Phantom of the Opera. The Rushmoor swimmer was rewarded for her improvements since competing at regional level last month, scoring 61.4333 points to top the podium.

Holland’s duet team-mate Macdonald was close behind in second, with a total of 58.5333 as the pair continue to celebrate their success together.

Holland said: “I love swimming that solo. I love it because I can tell a story. I want people to feel like they’re at the theatre when they’re watching my solo. I was really pleased with my score. I was happy with the swim and the reaction from everyone watching it as well.

“We used to compete against each other 40 years ago and we are always competitive against each other, but we’re great as a duet as well. The competitiveness goes to one side and it’s all about the duet. I always hope she does well and I’m sure she hopes that I do well. It’s a friendly rivalry.”

Brighton Dolphin’s Margaret Hamerton won bronze with 52.8667 points.

Aquavision North London’s Giulia Escher had the highest score of the event across all age groups, winning the 25-29 Years title with an impressive 65.1333 points. Escher’s performance was also inspired by opera as she swam to a dramatic Maria Callas song.

“I think the best thing that people liked was the music. I love opera, so it was really fun to swim with it,” she said. “It feels so different when you swim with the music and the raw relationship with the music, it’s what we do it for. I’m really happy with the score. I didn’t expect it, so I’m very satisfied.”

French swimmer Celia Truchi won silver, while Kingston Ladies’ Rachael Stevens took home bronze.

Holland’s title was the first of three for Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club in the Free Solo. World Championship swimmer Angela Boitsidis cruised to victory in the 50-59 age group, taking gold with 60.7333 points.

Carla Sanders then pipped her team-mate Rachel Davies to victory in the 40-49 age group, winning by just over half a point.

Meanwhile, Seymour Synchro Swim School got their medal tally off to a strong start. Christina Maciejewski won the competitive 18-24 age group title, while Elizabeth Winter was the only swimmer to break the 60-point barrier in the 30-39 age group. Rossella Palma also added a bronze for Seymour.

A free-spirited Jeanne Ansley swam to gold in the 70-79 age group. At the age of 75, Ansley was the oldest competitor at the Championships, but her passion for the sport was clear to see. “I’m lucky. Very lucky, but I work hard at it,” she said. “I’m such a show off. I love to put on a show. I’ve made so many friends around the world, so I can go anywhere around the world.”

Free Solo results

70-79 Years

1 – Jeanne Ansley (City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club) 51.4333

60-69 Years

1 – Andrea Holland (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 61.4333
2 – Carolyn Macdonald (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 58.5333
3 – Margaret Hamerton (Brighton Dolphin SC) 52.8667

50-59 Years

1 – Angela Boitsidis (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 60.7333
2 – Sarah Anderson (Colchester Oysters) 55.8000
3 – Jayne Jarvis (Aqualina Synchro Club) 55.3333

40-49 Years

1 – Carla Sanders (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 61.7333
2 – Rachel Davies (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 61.0333
3 – Lisa Keeping (Witney and District SC) 59.4333
4 – Maria Cozzo (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 58.6667
5 – Alina White (Aqualina Synchro Club) 57.5333
6 – Nicolette Watson (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 46.0000

30-39 Years

1 – Elizabeth Winter (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 61.7667
2 – Mary Lowe (Aqualina Synchro Club) 57.3667
3 – Rossella Palma (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 57.3000
4 – Olivia Shelton (Green Arrows SSC) 56.8333

25-29 Years

1 – Giulia Escher (Aquavision North London Swim Club) 65.1333
2 – Celia Truchi (Olympic Nice Natation) 62.6000
3 – Rachael Stevens (Kingston Ladies SC) 58.1000
4 – Chloe Fletcher (Kingston Ladies SC) 56.8333

18-24 Years

1 – Christina Maciejewski (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 63.1000
2 – Kerri Brennan (Aqualina Synchro Club) 60.0333
3 – Emma Goudge (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 59.8000
4 – Zoe Parnham (Aqualina Synchro Club) 57.0667
5 –  Ellen Currie (Aqualina Synchro Club) 56.5000
6 – Sophie Mccarthy (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 55.6333


Duet and Mixed Duet


Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club and Seymour Synchro Swim School each won two golds in the Duet competition at the Swim England Synchro National Masters Championships 2019.

The two most well-represented teams at the Championships made statements through their star pairs, as Rushmoor’s most experienced entrants swam to victory, while Seymour dominated the younger age groups.

World champions Andrea Holland and Carolyn Macdonald had the 60-69 age group to themselves, but they still produced two well disciplined swims to collect the gold with an impressive total of 120.5138 points. The Rushmoor pair scored 60.4471 points for their technical routine, before adding 60.0667 with their free routine.

Holland said: “I’ve known Carolyn for a long, long time. We were in the British team together in the 1970s. We’re very lucky that we have a lot of masters synchro swimmers living around the Rushmoor area, because we can all help each other. We’ve got a good coach and we have fun at the same time. But we are still competitive.”

Their team-mates Angela Boitsidis and Carla Sanders added gold in the 40-49 age group, finishing with the second highest total of the competition. They broke the 60-point barrier with both routines for a score of 122.0294.

Aqualina Synchro Club duet Jayne Jarvis and Alina White won silver, while Medway Mermaids’ Bethany Whorlow and Melanie Grierson completed the podium.

Rushmoor again topped the medal table following their success in 2018. They won a total of 10 medals, including seven gold, two silvers and one bronze .

The highest duet score of the day was produced by Seymour pair Benedetta Rovigatti and Laura Loi. After scoring 62.9780 points with their technical routine, they added 63.1667 with their free swim for a total of 125.9647 to win the 25-29 age group title.

The duet admit they weren’t able to spend much time on the performances, with their team and work commitments taking priority. Benedetta said: “We spent a lot of time on the phone, because most of the time in training we were focused on the team. I just decided what music I wanted and Laura decided the other one.”

On Seymour’s seven medals for the day, Laura added: “We’re really happy about our performances and we’re looking forward to going to the European Masters next year. Fingers crossed. We’ll keep going and keep working hard.”

They were backed up by Elizabeth Winter and Nur Hafizah Ahmad, who won the 30-39 title.

The Seymour duet were one of just four teams to score more than 60 points with their free routine, scoring a total of 118.8529 points. Their team-mates Emily Pritchard and Rossella Palma won silver with 111.2451 points.

Meanwhile, Aqualina held off Rushmoor to win gold in the 18-24 age group. Aqualina had a three point advantage after the technical duet, but Rushmoor’s pair of Emma Goudge and Lauren Nash scored 58.5667 points with their free routine to lift them into contention.

The Aqualina duet of Kerri Brennan and Lucy Hogg were up to the challenge, adding 57.8333 points for a total of 115.1137, just shy of three points clear of Rushmoor.

Brighton Dolphin completed a one-two in the 50-59 age group, as Elizabeth Fitzsimons and Laura Rogers pipped their team-mates Anne Long and Linda Doidge by just over two points.

Rugby’s Joyce Williams and Kay Ridler prevented a Brighton clean sweep, winning bronze with 105.9491 points.


Duet and Mixed Duet Results


60-69 Years

1 – Andrea Holland and Carolyn Macdonald (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 120.5138

50-59 Years

1 – Elizabeth Fitsimons and Laura Rogers (Brighton Dolphin SC) 111.6078
2 – Anne Long and Linda Doidge (Brighton Dolphin SC) 109.3843
3 – Joyce Williams and Kay Ridler (Rugby SC) 105.9491
4 – Gaye Greely and Margaret Hamerton (Brighton Dolphin SC) 103.7568

40-49 Years

1 – Angela Boitsidis and Carla Sanders (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 122.0294
2 – Jayne Jarvis and Alina White (Aqualina Synchro Club) 112.7628
3 – Bethany Whorlow and Melanie Grierson (Medway Mermaids Synchro Club) 100.5961

30-39 Years

1 – Elizabeth Winter and Nur Hafizah Ahmad (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 118.8529
2 – Emily Pritchard and Rossella Palma (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 111.2451

25-29 Years

1 – Benedetta Rovigatti and Laura Loi (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 125.9647
2 – Kerry Norden and Margaux Maupate (Aquavision North London Swim Club) 118.1373
3 – Katherine Holland and Lucy Whatley (Kingston Ladies SC) 113.0510
4 – Ambre Maucorps and Fabienne Amann (Schwimm-Union-Wien) 112.9706
5 – Camille Liger and Sofia Del Pozo (Seymour Synchro Swim School) 101.1941

18-24 Years

1 – Kerri Brennan and Lucy Hogg (Aqualina Synchro Club) 115.1137
2 – Emma Goudge and Lauren Nash (Rushmoor Synchro SC) 112.3373
3 – Amelia Farr and Danielle Holland (Kingston Ladies SC) 108.0019
4 – Amelia Kniveton and Megan Dobson (South Yorkshire Swans) 101.2824
5 – Beatrice Wilkey and Rebecca Hurley (Taunton Deane SC) 98.0921

Mixed Duet

30-39 Years

1 Sai Li and Marion Menjoz (Out To Swim) 93.4353


Team (Technical and Free) and Combination Team


Nine different clubs won team medals at the Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Masters Championships.

Brighton Dolphin were the only club to win multiple titles in the team events as they took out the 40-64 Combination Team event and the 50-64 Team gold medal. The combo team edged out Rugby by less than half a point, winning with a total of 51.1000 points.

In the Team event, a superb Free Team swim helped Anne Long, Gaye Greely, Linda Doidge and Margaret Hamerton break the 100-point mark to add gloss to their gold medal. The Dolphin quartet scored 49.4020 for their technical routine earlier in the day, before adding 51.4667 points with their final swim of the day.

The second of the two Combination Team events was won by Aqualina Synchro Club, who topped the podium in the 25-39 age group. Aqualina scored  58.0667 points to headline a competitive field, with Halifax winning silver and Portsmouth and District wrapping up the bronze medal.

Rushmoor capped off another superb National Masters Championships with their seventh gold medal of the day in the 35-49 Team event. They looked to have the title wrapped up following a strong technical routine, but they went even better with their free routine to close the competition with 116.3216 points.

Seymour’s seventh medal of the day came in the 25-34 age group, as they won gold with the highest team score of the day – 119.0373 points.

Kingston Ladies picked up silver for their fourth medal of the day, while Cheltenham claimed their first medal of the Championships to complete the podium.

Team (Technical and Free)

50-64 age group

1 – Brighton Dolphin SC (Anne Long, Gaye Greely, Linda Doidge and Margaret Hamerton) 100.8687

35-49 age group

1 – Rushmoor Synchro SC (Andrea Holland, Angela Boitsidis, Carla Sanders, Carolyn Macdonald, Francesca Feast, Grace Reukers, Nicola Buckingham, Rachel Davies) 116.3216
2 – Brighton Dolphin SC (Alice Edmondson, Jessica Shaw, Martina Glew-Wenner, Sara Mateos, Tessa Robinson, Rachael Kelly) 99.6137

25-34 age group

1 – Seymour Synchro Swim School (Alecia Gould, Benedetta Rovigatti, Elizabeth Winter, Katie Holyoak, Laura Loi, Maria Cozzo, Naomi Gould, Nur Hafizah Ahmad, Soraya Mojdehi, Zoe Gallos) 119.0373
2 – Kingston Ladies SC (Chloe Fletcher, Katherine Holland, Louise Chambers, Lucy Ruff, Lucy Whatley, Rachael Stevens) 112.6294
3 – Cheltenham (Abbey Duffus, Ann-Marie Thouless, Chloe Cullen, Samantha Fancourt, Sarah Pullan, Victoria Bannister) 109.7804
4 – Imperial College University (Aikaterini Fiorevanti, Amira Hassan, Anne-Lise Potriquer, Chrysanthi Taxiarchi, Delphine Rolando, Greta Portone, Isabelle Samper, Juliette Ngan, Marine Secchi) 109.0706

Combination Team

40-64 age group

1 – Brighton Dolphin SC (Alexandra Schunemann, Becky Howard, Cara Griffiths, Catherine Fuller, Fiona Newman, Helen Trott, Karen Al-Husari, Kitty Peel, Tu Loan, Nigel Sayers, Laura Rogers, Elizabeth Fitzsimons) 51.1000
2 – Rugby SC (Alison Richardson, Annette Parker, Catherine Reekie, Joyce Williams, Julie Bowler-Smith, Kay Ridler, Ruth MacCallum, Sandra Anstruther)

25-39 age group

1 – Aqualina Synchro Club (Kerri Brennan, Lucy Hogg, Jayne Jarvis, Alina White, Zoe Parnham, Mary Lowe, Ellen Currie, Iona Chamberlain-Clark, Ruby Smith) 58.0667
2 – Halifax SC (Abigail Veitch, Charlotte Hughes, Chloe Heaton, Emma Knight, Gemma Hollas, Lydia Thompson) 56.8333
3 – Portsmouth and District Synchronised SC (Laetitia Shaul, Amanda Cadwell, Bethany Morrison, Eleanor Holland, Jennifer Richards, Julie Gray, Karen Harfield, Shona Moore) 55.3333
4 – Denton Synchro SC (Susan Williams, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Joanne Priest, Lesley Layton, Nicola Dutton, Sarah Hoof, Zsofi Steingart) 54.6667
5 – Out To Swim (Beatrice Cicchetti, Cassandra Wallis, Cassie Smyth, John Kelly, Mark Hollis, Andrea Gambadoro) 52.2667
6 – Brentwood SC (Amy Davis, Bethany Wickington, Blaise Gorsuch Browne, Jeanie Hurley, Lisa Hurley, Paige Wickington) 51.6000


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