SWIMMING: Record synchro squad of 65 in Midlands Championships

Solo medallists Hannah Linden, Gemma Broad, Emily Durkin and Georgia Lindsay
Solo medallists Hannah Linden, Gemma Broad, Emily Durkin and Georgia Lindsay

Rugby Swimming Club win 19 medals

Rugby Swimming Club Synchro Section had a fantastically successful day at the West and East Midlands Multi-Regional Age Groups and Championships last Sunday.

Rugby's 65-strong synchro squad at Braunstone

Rugby's 65-strong synchro squad at Braunstone

Held in Braunstone, Leicester, the event attracted entries from seven clubs across both regions. Rugby entered a record 65 athletes into 21 of the 23 events, and came away with an impressive haul of five gold, five silver and nine bronze medals.

In the 12 and under age group, the Free Team (Georgia Lindsay, Lili Carroll, Eve Howard, Charlie Putt, Sarah Twist, Foteini Kalkani and Ariane Sargent) took silver behind a strong Walsall SSC routine. Georgia and Lili also won bronze in the Free Duet; and Georgia went on to add bronze medals in the Free Solo and Figures, placing 3rd out of 20 swimmers.

In the 13-15 age group, the Free team (Danielle Medgett, Elise Richardson, Hannah Linden, Abby Huett, Amelia Quinn, Nayana Walker, Cassie Reed and Freya Thomas) won gold against strong opposition from Birmingham and Walsall.

The Combination Team (Elspeth Iles, Jennifer Ravenhall, Maisie Grinter, Emily Dakin, Katie McConnell, Isobel Ogg, Anna Kempson, Jess Farndon, Frances Thornton, Sophie Chaloner and Bethany Clarke) achieved 3rd place.

Hannah Linden and Nayana Walker took bronze in the Free Duet. Hannah also collected silver in the Free Solo, and a stunning gold in the figures – topping the table in a field of 31 athletes.

In the Recreational Combination 13-17 event, Rugby (Mya Galstin, Lottie McGlinchey, Ollie Whitley, Emily Marston, Mae Howard, Sophie Lowe, Rose Potter, Rosie Thomas) won the bronze medal; and (Erin Dunn-Morgan, Nyah Munden-Edge, Isobel Reed, Eleanor Garrard and Olivia Broomhead) took home another bronze in the Combination Team 19 and under age group event.

The Junior (15-18) age group team (Gemma Broad, Emily Durkin, Rhia Perks, Holly Tonks, Ellie Frost, Zoe Hart, and Emilia Walker ) achieved silver in the Free Team competition, with Emily and Rhia winning gold in the Free Duet.

Rugby’s Gemma Broad and Emily Durkin then produced an amazing performance to take gold and silver respectively in both the Solo competition and the Figures.

Finally, in the highest level Championships classification, Emily Durkin and Rhia Perks were placed bronze in the duet, and Gemma Broad also took bronze in the solo.

It was a great event with a really strong performance by Rugby, which bodes well as the club looks forward to the Scottish Open in Glasgow at the end of October and the UK National Age Groups in Gloucester in December.

For further information about synchronised swimming and the club at Rugby Swimming Club please contact Head Coach Hannah Secher on dudz23@hotmail.com