City of Preston Aquatics were one of 3 synchro clubs constituting the North West region’s newly formed synchro Beacon Squad to successfully represent the North West region today at the Beacon Games. The Beacon Games are an annual competition to showcase the synchro figure skills of elite swimmers on the Swim England talent programme and 2018 sees the formation of a regional beacon squad for the first time in the north west.
The games were hosted this year at K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley by Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming club and 14 swimmers from City of Preston, City of Salford and Stockport Metro made the 6 hour coach journey to take part in their first ever Beacon tournament. Their commitment was rewarded as the North West power house stormed to victory by winning outright the 2018 Beacon Trophy, based on the combined score of their top 10 swimmers, versus that of other regions.
Individual medals were won by the following north west swimmers:
Gold for Rhea Howard (City of Preston) in the 15-18 age group beacon category
Silver for Rhea Howard (City of Preston) in the 15-18 age group open category
Silver for Leah Meyer (City of Preston) in the 15-18 age group beacon category
Bronze for Olivia Higham (City of Preston) in the 15-18 age group beacon category
Silver for Alicia Cox (City of Salford) in 13-15 age group beacon category
Bronze for Evie Walker (Stockport Metro) in 13-15 age group beacon category
For the region to form its own beacon squad and scoop the national Beacon Trophy in the same year is nothing short of a magnificent achievement for synchro in the north west and is testament to the skill and dedication of the individual club coaches and the Swim England North West Athlete Development team, not to mention the artistry and hard work of the individual athletes in their pursuit of excellence. CoPA is very proud of all our North West athletes. Well done girls!
It was an action packed weekend as CoPA travelled to Nottingham to compete in the National Synchronised Swimming Championships 2018. Although there were no medals this time, our girls did themselves and CoPA proud with creditable placings in this highest level of domestic synchro competition in the UK. Results are as follows:
Rhea & Leah finished 9th in the free duet
Rhea finished 11th in her tech solo
Rhea finished 15th in her free solo
The CoPA free combination team (Fiona, Isabel, Izzy, Leah, Olivia, Rhea and Tilly) finished 10th
Great work girls!
Videos of the routines can be seen here for logged in CoPA members.
It was a fabulous weekend for CoPA at the synchro National Age Groups Championships in Gloucester. At this top level national competition Daisy took the podium for two silver medals! Credible results were also achieved by Rhea, Leah and the 12 & under “Little Monsters”. Full CoPA results below.
13 – 15 Age Group (175 competitors)
Daisy placed second in figures and second in solo for two silver medals.
Evie placed 126th in figures
15 – 18 Age Group (83 competitors) Rhea placed 14th in figures, 10th in solo and 8th in duet (with Leah)
Leah placed 43rd in figures and 8th in duet (with Rhea)
12 & Under Age Group (129 competitors) Team: The ‘Little Monsters’ finished 10th (of 17 teams) Figures: Natasha finished 21st, Lola 76th, Sofia 83rd, Elizabeth 98th, Rachel 104th, Immy 111th, Nema 114th, Chloe 122nd and Abby 126th.