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Mike Bushell tries out synchronised swimming

Synchronised swimming is one of the most challenging Olympic sports, and it is claimed that it takes more hours of training to reach competition standard than any other sport at the games. Mike Bushell dipped his toes in the water to find out more.

Synchronized Swimmers Find Danger Lurking Below Surface

The Greek national team competing at the synchronized swimming world championships in Kazan,Russia, last summer. Synchronized swimmers routinely crash into each other underwater with exquisitemoves at close quarters Ken Belson – NEW YORK TIMES  – 18th July “To many fans, synchronized swimming is an aquatic ballet performed by petite women who wear makeup, nose plugs and flashy bathing suits, a sport largely defined by Esther Williams movies or spoofs by comedians like Martin Short.But underwater, synchronized swimming is a combat zone in which swimmers, all with a smile, routinely kickRead More

European challenge awaits synchro juniors

British Swimming – Full story here The British Junior Synchronised Swimming team will head to Rijeka in Croatia for the European Junior Championships from the 22-26 June. 11 athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain (including Reading’s Emma Critchley and Hannah Mulshaw) with many making full international debuts. The team also comprises of four athletes that recently competed in London at the LEN European Aquatics Championships; Kate Shortman, Isabelle Thorpe, Emma Critchley and Danielle Cooper who will bring important experience into the camp. Competition begins in Croatia on 22ndRead More

Synchronised Swimming Spring Update from Maria Ramos

Chair of the new ASA Synchronised Swimming Group Synchronised Swimming Spring Update from Maria Ramos 11th March 2016 I want to start this month’s news with a massive congratulations to the GB Synchro Squads. Firstly, the GB Duet of Katie Clark & Olivia Federici secured a quota place for GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The competition was fierce, with tiny margins deciding the results.  GB were ranked 15th after the first round, but with some smart coaching from Katie Chapman and hard work over the next 3Read More

Synchro swimmers ready for Olympic qualifying test

  Synchronised Swimmers Katie Clark and Olivia Federici have been named as the Duet that travels to Rio to compete in the Olympic Test event with the aim of securing the vital quota place for Great Britain. London Olympians Clark and Federici will compete in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre which will host the Olympic Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament from the 2 – 6 March. The newly refurbished Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre is situated at the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park which is on the south side ofRead More

Top ten finish for GB Duet at 2016 German Open

London 2012 Olympians Katie Clark and Olivia Federici made their competitive return this weekend, finishing eighth at the 2016 German Open in Bonn. Click here for full results from the 2016 German Open Clark and Federici returned to the sport at the start of 2016 following their selection onto the British synchronised swimming Duet squad training for qualification to the Rio 2016 Olympics. The pair competed against 22 nations in the Duet event in Germany, using the same routines that they will use to try and secure their place at the Olympic GamesRead More


 Aquazone article by EMMA CRITCHLEY The realisation that we’d be making history, by competing at the first ever European games, held in Baku, was immense and filled us with excitement. This excitement gave us the drive that we needed to up our game in training, ready for Baku. We then had about three months before the games. In early May the team went to the English Championships as a practice event, but I set off to Tokyo for the Japan Open with the duet squad. We all gained experience andRead More

Tips & Tricks E1: Tom Daley Dives Into Synchronised Swimming

YOU TUBE “In the first episode of this innovative series ‘Tips & Tricks’, we see Tom experience a steep learning curve with Aquabatix, both on top of and under the water, showing how difficult synchronised swimming is. Can Tom cut it as a synchro athlete now FINA have announced men will be allowed to compete in the sport at the World championships for the first time in 2015? Aquabatix’s series ‘Tips & Tricks’ will explore the sport and art of synchronised swimming and enlighten viewers in everything they ever wantedRead More

“Modern Mermaid”: The Woman Who Made Synchronized Swimming a Splash

 from BIO magazine and great nephew Jordan Whitney-Wei “When the heavy winter ices of Lake Michigan finally break away at the start of each spring, a ferry sets out for Washington Island. The woods of this mysterious isle are where, long ago, the first Potawatomi canoes scraped up against the pebble shore. The sails of Icelandic fisherman were soon to follow, at a time when local sturgeon could have been mistaken for playful mermaids. Their hardy descendants live there today along winding trails, rippling waters, and the cooling breath ofRead More

Tough sequins of events: Aussies leave everyone Thunderstruck – apart from the judges

Finished eighth … the Australian team admitted it was gamble to perform their routine to AC/DC. Photo: Jason South SYDNEY MORNING HERALD As it transpires, Francesca Berti, Zhanna Demchenko and the rest of the panel of international synchronised swimming judges aren’t big on Aussie pub rock. Taking to the pool to a mega-mix of AC/DC was always a risky move for the Australians, and they left realising it’s a long way to the top at the Olympic Games. Synchronised swimming is one of those subjective sports where it’s not onlyRead More