Swim­mers splash down

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By MONTANNA ARDON

IT was all smiles for four of Aus­tralia’s best syn­chro­nised swim­mers as they splashed around in their home train­ing pool at HBF Sta­dium af­ter re­turn­ing from the re­cent Span­ish Open Cham­pi­onships in the Ca­nary Is­lands.

Part of Aus­tralia’s se­nior na­tional team of eight, Danielle Ket­tlewell (24), Amie Thomp­son (21), Kazia Zenke (16) and Jane Fruzyn­ski (16) com­peted against teams from coun­tries in­clud­ing Ukraine, Spain and Kaza­khstan. They fin­ished fifth in both the tech­ni­cal and free team events.

Head coach Bri­ana Preiss, a for­mer syn­chro­nised swim­mer, said the girls stuck to a busy train­ing sched­ule.

“When they are not on train­ing camp they train three hours in the wa­ter, six days a week, and then about an hour of land train­ing plus any­time to stretch and do re­cov­ery,” she said.

“Once the team is se­lected, they train to­gether for two weeks out of ev­ery month.”

In 2016, Ket­tlewell and Thomp­son com­peted at the Olympics in Rio, and Zenke and Fruzyn­ski com­peted at the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in Kazan, Rus­sia. Syn­chro­nised swim­ming was axed from the Com­mon­wealth Games af­ter Delhi 2010, which Ms Preiss said was dis­ap­point­ing.

“Sadly, syn­chro­nised swim­ming is no longer part of the Com­mon­wealth Games,” she said.

“How­ever, WA did host a Com­mon­wealth Fes­ti­val in 2015 with hopes of be­ing part of the Com­mon­wealth Games again.”

The girls will en­joy a brief stay at home for the next few weeks while they pre­pare for the FINA World Cham­pi­onships held in Bu­dapest in July.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470452

Syn­chro­nised swim­mers Amie Thomp­son, Jane Fruzn­ski, Kazia Zenke and Danielle Ket­tlewell.

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