The first day of the European Champions Cup has seen the British Gas Synchronised Swimming team make an impressive start to the competition which sees them pitted against the best Synchro nations in the Europe.
The British Gas Duet was the first of the British athletes to take to the pool in this meet and they did not disappoint. Olympians Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison put in an excellent performance with their Duet Free Routine.
The Free Routine has been adapted since the Olympics and Randall and Allison performed all aspects well showing improved speed and power in the water. The scores mirrored the girl’s performance with them securing high 8s and 9s to put them in eighth place.
Randall and Allison’s Technical programme has been developed to match the girl’s advancing skills and they gave a strong performance but received slightly lower scores of 8s to finish in eighth place overall with a total of 89.751.
But the rules of the competition state that only one duet from each nation can progress through to the final and since Ukraine and Italy entered two duets the British Gas duet will go into the final as one of the top six Duets.
This is the first time at a major international competition that the British Gas duo has featured within the top six ranked Duets for a final. Randall and Allison will be aiming to build on their successful performance in Sunday’s Free Final.
The British Gas team began their Technical Routine knowing that they had a fight on their hands to impress the panel of judges. The team followed Austria and they knew they had the talent to get the scores they deserved.
The British Gas team have been working on the technical elements of their routine and their performance showcased all of their hard work.
They showed good height throughout the routine. Their power and stamina was much improved and showed how far they have progressed since joining the High Performance Centre as full-time athletes.
The girls secured promising scores of high 8s and go into the Free Routine lying in fifth place overall with a total score of 86.834. This score will be halved and then added to half of their score for their Free Routine to work out their placing for the Free Final on Saturday.
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