Synchronised Swimming Success for City of Leeds!

The City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming team enjoyed great success at the Swim England National Synchronised Swimming Championships in April, winning a grand total of seven medals!


Sarah Speers, Leeds Synchronised Swimming Development Coach, tells us a bit more about the excitement and achievement of the day…

“We have had our sights firmly on the British Championships for the past 12 months. At last year’s competition the club made the podium in Tech Team, Figures and Free solo. These were the best results the club had ever had – medalling in a team event was a first, and so the annual plan 2016-17 focused on taking this success further.

When we went to Budapest to compete in November, we swam the routines we would be entering at Champs, knowing that practicing these at competition is crucial for feedback and to make improvements. The swimmers worked really hard on camps in the holidays to bring the teams together and improve the execution and scores, and have benefitted from psychology workshops to prepare, in partnership with Leeds Beckett University.

Medalling in every event entered was an amazing achievement. After improving in the combination team by 6 whole marks from last year, and medalling for the first time in this event, we knew we had done the preparation required, and the scores and medals kept coming in! Two of the swimmers (Rebecca Richardson & Millicent Costello) are now working towards international competitions with the England Talent Squad.”

The medal results in order of the competition were:

Bronze- Junior Figures – Rebecca Richardson

Silver – Technical Solo – Rebecca Richardson

Bronze – Combination Team

Bronze – Free Solo – Rebecca Richardson

Bronze – Technical Team

Silver – Free Duet – Rebecca Richardson and Millicent Costello

Bronze – Free Team

City of Leeds was represented by: Jessica Arnold, Rosie Barrington, Samantha Breen, Olivia Burton, Bethany Caudwell, Millicent Costello, Isobel Davies, Georgia Fielding, Ellie Jefferson, Chloe McLelland, Rebecca Richardson and Alyssa Ward.


Leeds City Council & City of Leeds Swimming Club Achievements 2013-2014 Season

This season has been one of our most successful seasons for many years. We have continued the success we achieved last year and improved it at both International and National levels.

Great Britain has taken teams to European Junior Championships, Mare Nostrum and European Championships, as well as the England Commonwealth Games Team; Leeds has had a representative on each team, contributing to the medals table in each competition. The programme has produced its first senior international medallists since 2002. Sophie Taylor became Commonwealth Games Champion in the women’s 100m Breaststroke breaking her own British Record. In the 50m Breaststroke, Sophie broke a long standing British Record in Heats making it through to the semi-finals and finals.

On an international junior level, Leeds had three representatives on the European Junior team for Great Britain, winning two silver and two bronze medals and also breaking 4 British Age Group Records. This is our most successful European Junior Championships ever.

In 2013-14 season Leeds swimmers have broken 17 National records between Senior and Junior events.

Domestically we have started to see Leeds swimmers make senior finals at the British Championships and also make the podium. Our youngsters have broken into the Top 10 in the “Open” rankings which is a good sign of the depth coming through the program. Finishing Top Club and Top Girls at National Age Groups with a host of different swimmers medal-ling and making finals the program is now starting to show more depth. The Youth swimmers finished 2nd in the Girls and 5th overall. Hopefully, over the next several years we will continue to build with the depth of the youngsters coming through to a senior level. The domestic team events have seen Leeds maintain their dominance in the junior league and finished third in the National Swimming league, our highest finish for some years.

Championship Event Results

Commonwealth Games

1 Gold                        Women’s 100m Breaststroke            British Record

1 Silver                       Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Team

6th                               50m Breaststroke                             British Record



European Junior Championships July 2012, Poznan, Poland

2 Silver

2 Bronze

4 British Age Group Records


Portuguese Nationals

2 British Age Group Records (100m & 200m Breaststroke)

1 Silver            Women 200m Breaststroke

4th                    Women 100m Breaststroke


British Championships, Glasgow, April 2014

8 National Records

1 British Senior Record (Women’s100m Breaststroke)

2  English Senior Records (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke)

5 British Age Group Records


3 Senior Gold Medals

6 Junior Gold Medals

1 Junior Silver Medal

3 Senior Finalists

1 Junior Finalist

National Youth Championships, Sheffield July 2013                       Open Championships

2nd Top Girls                                                                                                  1 Gold Medal

5th Top Team                                                                                                 1 Bronze Medal

                                                                                                                       5 Final Placing’s

1 British Age Group Record

3 Gold Medals                                                                                              

2 Silver Medals

4 Bronze Medals

14 Finals Placing’s 4th – 10th

National Age Group Championships, Sheffield July 2013

1st Top Team

1st Top Girls Team

6 Gold Medals

2 Silver Medals

6 Bronze Medals

30 Finalists Placing 4th – 10th

Welsh Summer Nationals, Swansea July 2013

25 Gold Medals

24 Silver Medals

34 Bronze Medals

164 Final Placings

5 Meet records

Regional Youth & Senior Championships, May 2013

7 Gold Medals

9 Silver Medals

3 Bronze Medals

13 4th – 10th finalists

Regional Age Group Championships June 2013

28 Gold Medals

23 Silver Medals

24 Bronze Medals

133 Finalists


Yorkshire Championships February 2014

77 Gold Medals

60 Silver Medals

55 Bronze Medals

348 Finalists 4th – 10th


Team Events

National Age Group Team Champions 2014


National Age Group Girls Team Champions 2014


National Junior League Champions 2013-2014


3rd National Arena Swimming League 2013-2014


Yorkshire Age Group Champions 2013-2014