On May 12th 53 synchronised swimmers from across the country descended upon the High Performance Centre to try out for the first British Senior Team in 7 years and the British Junior Team 2007.
The trials were held in a competition format. 20 athletes entered the senior trials and performed 6 technical team elements in front of two panels of judges. 39 athletes then took the stage to perform 6 jun-ior figures in front of the judges. The new junior head coach, Loredana Montico also flew in from Italy to watch and evaluate the junior swimmers.
Katie Skelton won the Senior Trials and the club's Helen Morris, Jazmine Stansbury and Jenny Godding were selected to compete at the Junior Europeans in July.
Go HERE for the May 2007 Offical Synchro Newsletter
Novice Competition -Reading Central - 16th June
2. Maisie James
10. Kerry Rothery
11. Lucy Farrell
13. Amy Ostler
1. Lily Ryan
7. Issy Smith
1. Jade Hearmon
8. Ellie Richards
14. Eleanor Greensmith
1. Nicole Ryan
6. Hannah Mulshaw
12. Isabella Hart
2. Karolina Szymanska
2. Reading Royals
There was no Christmas Show in 2007, the club opting for a "Summer Show" instead. Some clickable images below.
Britain competed for the first time in the combination routine and it proved the squad's most successful event. They finished 8th with a score of 80.500. The new pairing of Helen Morris and Asha Randall came 11th in the duet final. Despite being selected to swim the duet only 4 weeks beforehand, they performed strongly to finish with a majority of scores breaking the 8 range. The event was won by Greece for the first time after Russia suffered a one-point penalty for deliberate use of the pool floor during an assisted lift.
" It proved a successful meet for the British team and demonstrated how Britain is moving forward"
"The British Junior Synchro Team competed in 3 finals at the Junior Europeans in Calella, Spain. Britain competed in the 4 routine events after spending just five weeks training together at the National High Performance Centre under Head Junior Coach Loredana Montico and Assistant Coaches Jessica Chase and Kate Coupar.
The team finals took place before a packed crowd with lots of atmosphere. Britain opened the competition, then had to wait for their rivals Germany to take to the pool. Germany had finished just 0.2 marks behind Britain in the team prelim and had the better draw. The British athletes performed a great routine and finished ninth, beating the Germans by 0.3. Russia won the team event closely followed by7 Spain and Greece third
Jazmine Stansbury competed in her first international solo and finished a creditable 14m, just missing out on the finals.
The third Reading Royal swimmer in Calella was Jenny Godding.
GB Junior Europeans
Calella, Spain - July 25th-29th
Katie Clark & Kristina Holley - Gold
Multi-Regionals -Kingswood Leisure, Bristol - 6th October
12 & Under
Kerry Rothery - Gold
Tianee Buckley - Bronze
Charlotte Adams - (4th)
Amy Ostler, Lucy Farrell, Jade Hearmon, Natalie Saudan,Charlotte Joy
Kristina Holley - (4th)
15,16 & 17 yrs
Harriet Roberts - (4th)
Alex Harris, Ava Pierro
Bethany Dearlove - Gold
Sian-Marie Kent - Silver
12& Under Free
Reading - Gold
Reading - Gold
19& Under Combo
Reading - Silver
Slider right contains stills from camcorder footage
Katie Clark - Silver
Kristina Holley - 4th
Rebecca King - 10th
15,16 & 17yrs
Harriet Roberts - 8th
18 & 19 years
Jenny Godding - Gold
Bethany Dearlove - Bronze
Sian Kent - 4th
12 & Under - Silver
17 & Under Combo - Silver
19& Under Combo Rec - Bronze
There were no solos save for a Technical Solo competition for the Champs swimmers. See below
Kristina Holley & Katie Clark - Gold
15,16 & 17 years
Alex Harris & Harriet Roberts - 7th
Bethany Dearlove & Jenny Godding - Gold
National Age Groups & British Championships - 1st & 2nd December