....and the moment of realisation (post wonderful free team swim) that they had likely done enough!
The story of the weekend....
Alyssa Basinger - Bronze (Junior)
Torrie Usher - Bronze
Isobel Blinkhorn & Cerys Larsen - Silver, Gold (Junior)
"All three pairs on the podium are members of the Great Britain squad, with Abigail Taylor and Victoria Usher teaming up for Reading to claim the senior title with a total of 68.5301.
That was just enough to see off their teammates Isobel Blinkhorn and Cerys Larsen, who finished with 67.9914 to seal the junior national title and senior silver medal." - SWIM ENGLAND
"A" Team - Gold
Victoria Usher, Abigail Taylor, Hariette Smith, Alyssa Basinger, Isobel Blinkhorn, Isabel Turrell, Cerys Larsen, Tara Dakovic, Daisy Gunn, Eleanor Blinkhorn, Beatrice Crass, Alexandra Thickett
"Reading Royals capped off the opening day of the 2019 Swim England Synchronised Swimming National Championships with victory in the Free Combination.
Reading Royals A were the first team in the pool and set what proved to be an unassailable total of 71.700 – the only team to break the 70-point barrier" - SWIM ENGLAND
Teri Faye-Coupar, Rachael Newman, Madison Squire, Tara Evans, Claudia Connellan, Molly Sexton, Emilia Wood, Lottie Moghul, Rebecca Blakey, Martha Crowland, Mia Palmer
A wonderful day...one which we followers have been waiting a long time for. Wake up the judges first thing and swim Tech like its never been swum before (for a long time anyway!)
"A" team Gold
Victoria Usher, Abigail Taylor, Hariette Smith, Alyssa Basinger, Isobel Blinkhorn, Isabel Turrell, Cerys Larsen, Tara Dakovic, Daisy Gunn, Eleanor Blinkhorn
Beatrice Crass & Eleanor Blinkhorn
Isobel Blinkhorn & Cerys Larsen
Team 2 Images here from the warm up and the swim. Can't help thinking that without the 'B' label this squad would have scored better. Good job nevertheless.
Teri Faye-Coupar, Beatrice Crass, Alexandra Thickett, Rachael Newman, Madison Squire, Tara Evans, Claudia Connellan, Molly Sexton, Rebecca Blakey
Including here a great take by SE Synchro of team prepping (and the hats!)
"Reading’s A team of eight showed no sign of nerves in front of a national audience, with the Free Team broadcast live on the BBC.
As the announcer revealed a score of 73.3000, Reading knew they had done enough to end their long wait for the Redwood.
A combined score of 144.4924 put them at the top of rankings and it was there they remained". SWIM ENGLAND
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....and the podium/celebrations. Great to see, no fizz as there was in 1996 when the team won Silver! Must have known 1998, 1999 and 2000 wins were just around the corner.
Reading’s team of Abigail Taylor, Alyssa Basinger, Cerys Larsen, Daisy Gunn, Eleanor Blinkhorn, Harriette Smith, Isabel Turrell, Isobel Blinkhorn and Victoria Usher were visibly ecstatic as their winning score was read out, celebrating as they walked off stage." - SWIM ENGLAND
"Isobel Blinkhorn and Cerys Larsen combined to help Reading Royals win back-to-back gold medals on the second day in the Free Duet.
They were the only pair to break the 70-point barrier, setting a winning total of 70.4667 in the penultimate swim of the competition." SWIM ENGLAND
From Haslemere to Nottingham....19 years on"
Victoria Usher, Abigail Taylor, Hariette Smith, Alyssa Basinger, Isobel Blinkhorn, Isabel Turrell, Cerys Larsen, Eleanor Blinkhorn, Tara Dakovic, Daisy Gunn.
'Thru the Year 2019'