Rushmoor Crowned British Synchro Team Champions
28 April 2011
Easter weekend saw the top synchronised swimmers in Britain make their way to Gloucester for the British Championships 2011.
With four titles up for grabs and the Great Britain Senior team showcasing their routines in preparation for the European Cup later this year, the standard was high. Local club Rushmoor had entries in all events and went with the aim to swim well and win some medals. Rushmoor has recently been partnered with the Surrey Sports Park and has a full time development coach and ex GB athlete Louise Woolley working with them.
Day one saw some good results for Rushmoor with Abi Lawrence in first place after the technical solo routine. The duet pairing of Robyn Bignell and Lucy Hockin were placed 5th in the technical routine after a penalty point pulled them down, but with 1.4 points separating first and fifth place it was all to play for in the free routine.
Day two was a hard one for the swimmers from Rushmoor, a virus caused illness in 5 members of the team and resulted in a reserve having to swim the technical team and major changes being made to the combination team. They pulled together and pushed through being sick to claim third place in the combination team and first in the technical team setting them up nicely for the free team swim on the final day. Abi Lawrence also managed to hold on to her first place from the day before to become the British Solo Champion 2011.
The final day started with a good swim from Bignell and Hockin, pulling them into the bronze medal position. Drawn last to swim in the free team event, the team did a good swim with some flying highlights and claimed the British Team title and the redwood trophy.
Coach Louise Woolley said “It was a good end to the weekend as being the only club to medal in all events meant we were the most successful club there. Having won the redwood trophy 9 times in the last 11 years that success is something we are keen to keep up. The move to the Surrey sports park is really going to help us maintain our top spot because the facilities that we now have access to are second to none. Having a good training venue where we can swim our routines without worrying about depth or lack of pool space is something that is going to increase the quality of our training and that hopefully will filter through to our competition swims.”
Rushmoor train from 11.30-4.30 most Saturdays and if you are interested in finding out more about synchro then feel free to drop into Surrey Sports Park and have a look at what they do.