GREAT BRITAIN MOVES UP TEAM RANKINGS
The Great Britain Junior Squad have just arrived back from competing in the JuniorEuropean Championships in Calella,
Spain.The Great Britain squad competed in all events including the combo routine event. This was the first time that Great Britain has competed in the combo event internationally.
The combo event opened the championships with the British squad performing their best swim to date on the routine finishing in 8th place. Head coach Lolli was impressed with the way the athletes attacked the swim and didn’t hold anything back. Russia won the event with Spain claiming the silver and Greece the Bronze.
Official Synchro Newsletter Summer Special Edition The duet finals saw Russia awarded with a 1-point penalty for deliberate use of the pool floor during as assisted lift. This knocked the Russians down into second place and saw Greece claim its first ever gold in Europe to a loud cheer from the audience! Spain finished in third. The British duet of Helen Morris and Asha Randall
finished 11th in the finals ahead of their rivals Germany, in an event that saw 20 countries compete in the prelims. This was the first time that Asha and Helen have competed in an International duet event together. They performed a duet originally choreographed by Jessica Chase for Lauren Smith and Louise Woolly.
Jazmine Stansbury performed Jenna’s current solo routine in the event. Jazmine was given just 4 weeks to learn the routine and perfect swimming it, whilst having to give priority to the team and combo training. The prelim solo event saw the highest number of entries between the four events with 22 countries competing. Jazmine gave the swim everything and presented well to the judges finishing just outside the finals in 14th place.
The team finals were the last event to be held and Great Britain were drawn to swim 1st. The team event had been the main focus for the squad and they swam a good performance to finish 9th, one place higher than their ranking in the same event in 2006.
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