Top in Midlands with six golds

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RUGBY Swimming Club’s Synchro Section fulfilled a long-term ambition last weekend when their results officially placed them as the leading club in the Midlands.

At the 2011 ASA Midlands Synchro Championships, held in Leicester, Rugby recorded a staggering six gold medals - one ahead of the City of Birmingham.

Rightfully so, the plaudits continue to be heaped on Head Coach, Hannah Dudley; her assistant, Linda Peake and the support team which are rapidly turning the club into a force in all forms of competition.

Rugby dominated the younger age categories with Olivia Walker taking Solo gold at under 12. Olivia was then joined by Beth Green to record Duet success; with team-mates, Emily Durkin and Isobel Reed registering bronze. This was just reward for Emily who earlier in the day had performed superbly to lead the individual Figures competition.

In the 13/14 age group, Sophie Randle took individual silver - beaten by her England team colleague from Birmingham. However, Sophie, joined by the ever-improving Lucy Rouse combined to reverse the placing within the Duet routine and, in the pairing’s first competition together, earned a hard-fought gold.

Further honours came Rugby’s way when Phoebe Walsh and Sasha Humphreys won Silver in the 15/16/17 Duet; a performance which was matched by the combined efforts of Hollie Adams, Emily Firth and Hannah Peake in the Technical and Free Championships Duet category.

With Solos and Duets complete, the attention turned to the Team Events - only at this stage was the continued progression within Rugby obvious for everyone to witness.

Rugby, fielding teams of 10 swimmers across the range of ages, dominated, with gold medals being won by both the U12 and 13/14 Teams with a bronze medal being collected by the under 19s.

Rugby had already enjoyed a fantastic day, even before the ‘blue-riband’ event commenced.

Rugby had never previously won the Championship Team event, an all-age competition pitting the elite swimmers of each club against each other.

Birmingham reigned supreme with victories every year since 1997.

However, 2011 proved to be Rugby’s year with a superb routine rendering an historic gold and rounding off a truly memorable set of performances.

As well as the swimmers previously named, congratulations to the Rugby team medallists and competitors: Emilia Walker, Olivia Walker (2), Emilia Birtles, Emily Old, Ellie Frost, Rhia Perks, Emily Woodbridge, Grace Huett, Maja Nicholson, Ellie Hudson, Megan Walsh, Gemma Broad, Meredith Whiting, Zoe Hart, Alice Old, Charlotte Powers, Jas Humphreys, Phillipa Andrews, Emily O’Meara, Daisy Dingley and Hazel Williams.

If you think you could be part of Rugby’s future success within this Olympic sport, please contact Hannah Dudley at: dudz23@hotmail.com