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.”