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Swimming - 09. March 2009.

British Synchro Swimmers celebrate medals in Germany



The three-day competition saw Britain, who entered every event for the first time, compete alongside Olympic medallists from Spain and Japan as well as competitors from the top two clubs in China, Canada and France.

 

New Head Coach Tatiana Tsym led the squad to impressive results within each event. Olympian Jenna Randall took home the bronze medal in the solo event. She was performing her new free solo routine and went into the final lying in fourth place.

 

The final, which is just based on the free routine, saw Randall impress the judges to secure marks of high eights and nines and took a total score of 89.600 to claim the bronze medal. The silver was taken by Yumi Adachi (Japan) with a score of 93.700. Spanish Olympic silver medallist Andrea Fuentes took the gold with a score of 95.300.

 

The team combination event saw the British side secure their first medal of the competition and the first international medal for a British combination routine. They swam well and secured high eights and nines to take a total of 88.400 to take third place.

 

Gold was won by China Shanghai with a score of 95.700 and silver went to Canada with 94.300 points.

 

The British Olympic duet of Randall and Olivia Allison, who debuted their new technical routine, were competing alongside Olympic medallists in a competition that saw 32 other duets battling for the honours.

 

Randall and Allison performed well and lay in eighth place after the technical programme. After the free routine the Brits entered the final lying in seventh place with the French team just 0.2 points ahead of them.

 

Randall and Allison kept their consistency and speed up throughout the final to score well and take fifth place overall (due to technical difficulties scores were not available for this event).

 

The team, who were only competing in their second international competition, held their nerve and performed their new technical routine well to score eights and place them in fifth place. After the free routine, the combined scores saw the British team enter the final in fifth place.

 

In the final, which was just based on the free programme, the girls swam impressively to move up to fourth place just two points behind France. The team scored their first international scores of nines at the World Trophy in Madrid and continued this into this competition with more nines in the final.

 

 

 

The German Open runs between the 6th - 8th March in Bonn and the team consists of:

 

Jenna Randall

Asha Randall

Olivia Allison

Lauren Smith

Louise Woolley

Cherry Wilson

Katie Dawkins

Katie Skelton

Jazmine Stansbury

Helen Morris

Victoria Lucass

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