Golden time for the syn­chro girls


THE 2014 Na­tional syn­chro­nised swimming cham­pi­onships were held in Glouces­ter.

Day one saw the per­for­mance of Sal­ford’s age 15-17 squad in the recre­ational com­bi­na­tion event.

Hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond in last year’s cham­pi­onships, the squad had trained so hard and swam a bril­liant rou­tine to ‘Lord of the Dance’.

The judges and com­men­ta­tors were im­pressed by the unique and in­tri­cate chore­og­ra­phy of the rou­tine and this was re­flected in the judges’ scores with gold for Sal­ford.

The team fin­ished a three points ahead of the rest of the com­peti­tors and re­ceived the high­est marks of the whole com­pe­ti­tion on day one.

Day two and the medals and great re­sults kept flood­ing in for Sal­ford.

Greta Hamp­son took the age 13/14 fig­ure and solo bronze medal and in the 15-17 solo event, Sal­ford’s Is­abelle Spencer claimed another bronze medal.

Sal­ford also had four more rou­tines that made fi­nals – Jessica Spencer and Zoe Tay­lor in the solo event, and the duets of Aimee Hodges/Aimee Lawrence and Lau­ren Red­fern/Libby Tay­lor in the age 9-12 cat­e­gory.

On the fi­nal day of the cham­pi­onships, Is­abelle Spencer as Zoe Tay­lor fin­ished in fifth place in the 15-17 duet event.

The 13/14 pair­ing of Jessica Spencer and Greta Hamp­son swam a great rou­tine for a well de­served sil­ver medal.

In the fi­nal events of the cham­pi­onships, Sal­ford’s un­der-12s team swam their per­sonal bests fin­ish­ing fourth and sev­enth over­all.

The fi­nal event saw the 13/14 com­pet­i­tive team of Jessica Spencer, Greta Hamp­son, Elise Hodges, Olivia Dear­den, Katie Finch and Olivia Scowcroft claim a bronze medal.

Head Syn­chro coach, Jessica Fletcher, said: “The syn­chro­nised swimming pro­gramme in Sal­ford has gone from strength to strength and this sea­son we have im­proved greatly from County Cham­pi­onships to Re­gional Cham­pi­onships to Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

“The girls have worked tremen­dously hard for each other and have re­ceived the top prize in the coun­try for their ef­forts, I am so proud of their achieve­ments.”

Aquatic man­ager John Stout added: “I watch the girls train ev­ery week and I am very im­pressed with their per­for­mances and re­sults, Jessica and the team of coaches have done an amaz­ing job in such a short space of time.

“To pro­duce na­tional cham­pi­ons and medal­lists in sport you re­quire tal­ented coaches and great support mech­a­nisms – this team re­ceives su­perb support from par­ents, the City of Sal­ford Club, the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Ir­lam and Sal­ford Com­mu­nity Leisure.”

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