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.