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National Age Groups - Manchester 2nd/3rd March

"Reading Royals swimmers enjoyed another successful  National Age Group Competition in Manchester not 5 months since their strong performance in Gloucester for the 2018 event. In all 7 events entered Reading Royals took at least one spot on the podium leaving the competition with a total of 8 medals.." - chair Robert Blinkhorn

Just 13 weeks since the 2018 championships were held in Gloucester .


For the first time there was no 15-18 age group included.

Figures

11-12 years (top 10 only)

3rd    -  Florence Blinkhorn

9th    -   Francesca Pringle


13-15 yrs

2nd   -   Eleanor Blinkhorn

3rd    -   Alexandra Thickett

Team

12&under   -    2nd

13-15yrs      -    3rd

Our 13/15 swimmers  were Alice Bloomfield, Amelia Gelder, Charlie Razzell, Emilia Wood, Lottie Moghul, Madeleine Brown, Martha Crowland, Mia Palmer, Rebecca Saunders.

"As a final note, it was good to see some of our swimmers who are outside the age group categories competing at this year’s event (Isobel Blinkhorn and Daisy Gunn) helping out on poolside and providing some between event commentary.

Finally, Reading’s success over the weekend was not confined to just domestic competitions. In Paris, 3 Reading Royals swimmers (Victoria Usher, Cerys Larsen and Alyssa Basinger) were part of the GB Senior Squad performing at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series competition. In the team event, they placed second bringing home a silver medal in the Combo event for their country.An amazing 48 hours for Reading Royals.

 

Well done everybody! Hope to see some of you in Nottingham in April" - Robert Blinkhorn


12 & Under team comprised of Beatrice Askar, Florence Blinkhorn, Francesca Pringle and Katherine Boitsidis

Stills from camcorder footage from the weekend below..

Duet and solos images

Swim England report HERE

Team images

Solo

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13-15yrs

2nd - Eleanor Blinkhorn

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3rd   -   Lottie Moghul & Alexandra Thickett

GB/Paris Open

1st-3rd March

Image: Saskia Basinger

Three Reading Royals swimmers, Alyssa Basinger, Cerys Larsen and Torrie Usher travelled to Paris for the French Open.


The  competition was the first leg of the FINA

Artistic Swimming World Series.


GB were fifth in Free and Technical Duet, Fourth in Solo and grabbed a great Silver in the Combo.

Swim England report HERE

Awards Evening

23rd March

Congratulations to all nominees and award winners, especially to Cerys Larsen who was voted RRSSC Swimmer of the Year.


Many thanks to all who attended.

Videos reflecting on the year, to the right (click image).

Swim England National Championships

Nottingham 27th/28th April

The look that says it all...........National Champions 2019


more on a fabulous weekend below but meantime take a look at David Larsen's footage after the brilliant Tech Team swim - HERE 


....and the moment of realisation (post  wonderful free team swim) that they had likely done enough!

Pictures: BBC

Technical Duets

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

Abigail Taylor & Torrie Usher   -  Gold

Isobel Blinkhorn

Free Solos


Eleanor Blinkhorn

Alyssa Basinger & Daisy Gunn

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"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

"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

"B" Team

Teri Faye-Coupar, Rachael Newman, Madison Squire, Tara Evans, Claudia Connellan, Molly Sexton, Emilia Wood, Lottie Moghul, Rebecca Blakey, Martha Crowland, Mia Palmer

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DAY 2

Results

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!)

Technical Team


"A" team  Gold

Victoria Usher, Abigail Taylor, Hariette Smith, Alyssa Basinger, Isobel Blinkhorn, Isabel Turrell, Cerys Larsen, Tara Dakovic, Daisy Gunn, Eleanor Blinkhorn

"After the club won the Free Combination and Tech Duet on Saturday, Reading Royals A added another gold medal with an impressive total of 71.1924 in the Tech Team.

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

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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!)

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From Haslemere to Nottingham....19 years on"

Mermaids"  were:-

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"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

Victoria Usher, Abigail Taylor, Hariette Smith, Alyssa Basinger, Isobel Blinkhorn, Isabel Turrell, Cerys Larsen, Eleanor Blinkhorn, Tara Dakovic, Daisy Gunn.

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