The British Synchronised Swimming Team are looking to continue their fine form from the FINA World Trophy with another strong performance in the German Open which is set to take place in Bonn at the weekend (6th – 8th March).
The German Open is the first international meet of the year and is set to attract 26 soloists, 33 duets, 10 team and seven combinations. The competition will include Olympic medallists from Spain and Japan as well as competitors from the top two clubs in China, Canada and France.
This will be the first time that the British squad will perform in all elements of a synchronised swimming competition with the team ready to compete in both the team and combination events. The meet will give new Head Coach Tatiana Tsym her first opportunity to lead the athletes into competition.
Olympians Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison will be performing their new technical routine. With the girl’s improved levels of fitness and technical skills the routine’s difficulty levels have significantly increased. Randall will also compete in the solo event and will be debuting her new free solo routine.
The team will be trying out their technical routine for the first time as well as performing the free routine that saw them finish seventh at last year’s FINA World Trophy. The difficulty of the girl’s free routine has been increased in order to keep challenging the athletes in the lead up to the World Championships later this year.
National Performance Director Biz Price said: “This is the first competition that we have a full compliment. We are in every event and are looking to see how the new routines will be perceived and by the judges. I want the duet to step up into the final at the World Championships later this year and this will provide them with an opportunity to see where they are on the world stage at this point in the season.”
FRANK UIJLENBROEK WORLDSPORTPICS