Midlands Championships

Rugby Swimming Club’s Synchro section once again demonstrated their strength of depth, claiming an array of medals at last weekend’s Midlands Championships.

In the Individual Figures competition, which tests the girls technical ability to deliver precise movements under pressure, Rugby started well with Nayana Walker claiming an impressive third place in the 12 and under category. Emily Durkin demonstrated her undoubted talent when securing first place in the 13 and 14 years age group whilst Maja Nicholson earned a credible fourth place finish in the senior girls category.

In the solo routines, Cassie Reed took silver in the 12 and unders with team-mate, Amelia Quinn taking bronze in the same event. Emily Durkin recorded a second fantastic first place finish of the day, firmly positioning herself as one of the Midlands rising stars.

In the Duets, the under 12 category again saw success for Rugby with Cassie Reed and Amelia Quinn taking silver whilst Hannah Linden and Nayana Walker joined their team-mates on the podium to claim bronze. In the 13 and 14 years age group Rhia Perks and Emily Durkin took third place, a position which was matched by Charlotte Powers and Zoe Hart in the older category.

Congratulations to all swimmers who qualified to compete in the Figures and Duets section of the day: the above swimmers plus Abby Huett, Katy Green, Niamh Walden, Isobel Ogg, Holly Tonks, Charlotte Twist, Annabelle Boulton, Beth Green, Ellie Frost, Emilia Walker, Grace Huett, Isobel Reed, Lucy Rouse, Gemma Broad, Meredith Whiting and Alice Old.

It was in the Team events where Rugby out-shone their Midlands rivals. In what is primarily a team sport, it was great to see the Rugby youngsters lead the way with Free Team gold medals for all age groups: under 12’s, 13 and 14 years and senior girls. Three superb victories for the girls to celebrate and for the Rugby coaching staff, led by Hannah Secher, to watch and appreciate the progress being displayed across the evolving squad. In the Recreational Team event, Rugby also took a bronze medal with their under 12 swimmers - many of whom were competing at their first Midlands Championships.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who represented Rugby and ensured a successful day throughout. Thanks also to the strong travelling support and the numerous officials provided by Rugby to help ensure the smooth running of the event. In a busy period for Rugby Synchro, the squad travels this week-end to Glasgow for further competition in the Scottish Age Group Championships.

As an Olympic Sport, the athleticism, strength and flexibility required to perform Synchro at a competitive level is far removed from what many people imagine. If you would like to give it a try, please contact Hannah Secher at: dudz23@hotmail.com