Chronicle, Friday, September 25, 1981
READING Royals swept the board at the recent second National Age Group Synchronised Swimming championships at Crystal Palace. when they collected 20 gold, eight silver and two bronze medals. In the 12 and under section in which there were 67 entries, Joanne Seeburg (12), of Tilehurst (foreground), with her three gold medals in the solo, duet and team events while other medal winners of the Reading Royals Synchronised swimming team look on from the pool. Picture by Stuart Robinson.
Jo Seeburg came first in the figures, first in the solos, and first in the duets with her partner Susie Vockins. Joanne and Susie, together with Rachel Fishleigh, Nicola Wilson, Samantha Allen. Vicky Elson, Joanne Luckett and Sarah Northey formed the team which, swimming to a melody of folk song music, won the team event in their age group. The 13 and 14 year age group team of Kim Wright, Tina Cornish, Philippa Pascoe, Sarah Hartley, Rebekah Taylor, Andrea Hughes, Angela Devine, Lucienne Cooper (reserve Bridget Fishleigh) swam their team routine to a Mexican Hat Dance and they too, came out winners by a slim margin of one point. Kim and Tina got bronze medals for their duet, and Tina and Philippa qualified to swim their solos and came ninth and 12th respec-tively. There were 66 entries in this group. Then it was the turn of the 15 and 16 age group and swimming to "Tunes of Glory" they came second and received silver medals. The team was Amanda Flight, Sally Manning, Pat Hawthorne, Jane Daniels, Karen Bennett, Nicola Sutton, Yvonne Townsend and Sarah Bolton. Amanda and Sally also qualified to swim their duet and came sixth. A number of the girls are now busy preparing for the southern Counties National Competition to be held in Tower Hamlets. Synchronised swimming is be-coming increasingly popular and comprises compulsory figures which then lead to qualification to solos and duets, and team routines consist of not more than eight and not less than tour girls. The Duet side of synchronised swimming is included in the next Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles in 1984. The Residing Royals were established in 1969 and meet regularly at Reading Central Baths.