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Swim England 2019 synchro training squad announced

Swim England has announced its 2019 synchronised swimming training squad. The squad includes 22 athletes, five of whom are new to the programme, and will form the 2019 senior and junior Great Britain teams. Throughout the season, the athletes will travel to world series events, the Senior European Cup and the Junior European Championships. There are 6 Reading Royals’ swimmers in the squads – Abi Taylor, Alyssa Basinger, Cerys Larsen, Daisy Gunn, Isobel Blinkhorn and Torrie Usher. Full announcement HERE

Synchro youngsters chosen for Age Group and Development squads

Twenty-one young synchronised swimmers have been selected for the Swim England Age Group and Development squads. They were chosen from previous results and recent trials held after the Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships in Gloucester. Karen Thorpe, Swim England synchro manager, said that the performances of the athletes attending the trials was improving every year making selection extremely tough. Swimmers from clubs in Bristol, Leeds, Reading, Rugby, Salford, Stockport and Walsall have been chosen for the squads. Reading swimmers are Eleanor Blinkhorn, Maddy Brown, Beatrice Crass andRead More

Royals at the double to deny Hampson clean sweep

          In the 15-18 years free team competition, Reading Royals claimed their second gold medallion the free team routine competition by the narrowest of margins. They beat City of Bristol to the top spot by 0.0637 after finishing with a combined total of 135.0744. The team of Harriette Smith, Isabel Turrell, Teri-Faye Coupar, Abigail Taylor, Daisy Gunn, Cerys Larsen, Isobel Blinkhorn, Alyssa Basinger and Victoria Usher scored 70.8333 for their routine to add to their figures total of 64.2411 to take top spot. Rear MORE

Reading Royals win 12yrs and under Team gold

                    Reading Royals won the 12yrs and under free team event on day two of the Swim England Synchro National Age Group Championships 2017. They were almost two seconds ahead of the rest of the field in their free routine, scoring 58.9000. They swam an upbeat and jazzy routine to Marvelous Party from The Halcyon TV Series soundtrack. Madeleine Staples, Rebecca Saunders, Hayley Pullen, Amelia Gelder, Eva Patrick, Louisa Horlock, Florence Blinkhorn and Charlie Razzell swam a routine with a fairlyRead More

English age group squad star with medal haul at Primorje Cup

                      Swim England Swim England Synchro’s Age Group squad landed medals in all four events with an impressive campaign at the 2017 Primorje Cup in Croatia. The team scored 68.7331 for their free routine to finish on 130.0609 overall. Turkey placed second on 128.8632 while Czech Republic took bronze on 126.4178. The Reading component of the English team comprised of Alyssa Basinger, Eleanor Blinkhorn, Isobel Blinkhorn, Cerys Larsen and Mimi Gray. Gray wins Solo gold and Duet silver Gray then returnedRead More

Reading Sports Personality Awards 2016

                          Elle and Issy with their awards at the 2016 Personality Awards Night.(Courtesy Get Reading) Olympians, professional footballers and young players were all honoured at a glittering ceremony celebrating their sporting achievements on Sunday night. The annual Reading Sports Awards were held at Reading Hilton Hotel on January 15, and no fewer than 56 trophies were handed out throughout the evening. Once again Reading Synchronised Swimming Club featured: Female Achiever of the Year – synchronised swimmers Eleanor BlinkhornRead More

Three for Reading Royals on NAG Synchro day two

(British Swimming) In the 12yrs and under Duet event, it was a Reading Royals SSC one-two, with gold and silver finishes for their young duettists. The top spot went to Mimi Gray and Alyssa Basinger who performed a fast paced routine to the ‘Lone Ranger’, showing great synchronisation and use of pool space. They scored 60.7667 to take their total after this morning’s figures of 125.5040. Speaking after the medal presentation, Gray said: “Our goal coming into the competition was to win so we are very happy to have achievedRead More

Top results for Reading at the Scottish National Age Groups

  Blinkhorn sisters Isobel (62.34) and (60.42) Eleanor set the pace in the 12&under age group category in Glasgow at the weekend. The girls finished 1,2 in Figures, paired up in the duet to go 5 marks clear (60.067) at the top and and also finished a close matched 1st and 2nd in the Solo event with Issy’s stronger figures seeing her across the line ahead of Eleanor who in fact scored a higher routine mark.   In the 13/14/15 age group Isabel Turrell and Teri-Faye Coupar took bronze (60.86) toRead More


AQUAZONE The three England Talent synchronised swimming squads have been confirmed for the 2015 season after the completion of trials at the end of 2014. Following on from a record-breaking number of entries at the 2014 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships, the competition was fierce at the trials with a higher overall standard than ever. While the Junior Training squad – from which athletes will be picked to compete internationally – had already been selected, 20 athletes contested for spots on the Age Group (13-14 Yrs) and DevelopmentRead More