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Swimming - 08. November 2010.

Randall and Allison names in British Squad for 2011

Commonwealth medallists Jenna Randall, Olivia Allison and Lauren Smith are the star names in the 2011 British Synchro team announced.

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Randall and Allison have made waves in the Duet world rankings this season, securing Britain’s best finish at the European Championships for 15 years with fifth before scooping silver at the Commonwealth Games last month.


Meanwhile, Smith made history in Delhi, finishing a place behind Randall to clinch bronze in the Solo event and lift Scotland’s first Synchro medal in Commonwealth history.


Of the remaining nine to be selected, Rushmoor’s Jennifer Knobbs is the only new face, having had her British nationality ratified by world governing body FINA in October.


Knobbs, who has a British father and has owned a British passport from birth, was competing for Canada when she won the Solo event at the Swiss Open two years ago but has been funding her own training in the UK for the past year.


Having helped whittle down the final 12 at the rigorous two-day trials, British Synchro National Performance Director Biz Price admitted the competition had been tougher than ever.


“I am excited about the new squad which includes one new member,” said Price.


“The standard of the top 15 was much higher this year which is a reflection of the good work being done by the clubs.


“I was also pleased to see how well the talent satellite athletes are doing since being selected onto the programme in January.”


The British Synchro team will perform a display at December’s British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships before beginning their competitive season in earnest at the German Open in March.


The team will look to impress in front of a home crowd at the May’s European Cup in Sheffield before heading to the World Championships in Shanghai in July.


The full squad for the 2011 season:


Olivia Allison  Rushmoor

Yvette Baker City of Birmingham

Katie Clark  Reading Royals

Katie Dawkins  Bristol Central

Jennifer Knobbs  Rushmoor

Vicky Lucass  Rushmoor

Asha Randall  Rushmoor

Jenna Randall  Rushmoor

Katie Skelton  Reading Royals

Lauren Smith  Rushmoor

Anya Tarasiuk  Bristol Central

Cherry Wilson  Rushmoor

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