It was a big day on Friday for CoPA’s synchro swimmers Chloe, Evie, Lola and Natasha as they took part in the synchro Beacon Games in Aldershot to represent the North West region. The girls were part of the North West’s Beacon Squad – the first stage of the England Talent programme for younger swimmers – and the regional team also included swimmers from City of Salford and Stockport synchronised swimming clubs.
The girls worked incredibly well as a team and their efforts were rewarded as CoPA swimmer Evie took a bronze medal for her individual score in the 13-15 age group category. The NW Beacon team also finished third overall with a score of 56.27, less than a point behind the overall winners, Walsall Beacon.
An outstanding effort and great result – well done to all our NW Beacon swimmers.
CoPA had a great weekend at the National Age Group Championships in Gloucester this weekend with some outstanding swims and figure results. The highlights of the weekend were Rhea finishing 9th in both her figures and solo routine, and Leah and Rhea qualifying in the top twelve to swim their duet, eventually placing 10th overall.
CoPA results are as follows:
13 – 15 figures (144 swimmers):
Evie – 38th
Natasha – 83rd
12 and under figures (85 swimmers):
Chloe – 69th
15-18 figures (101 swimmers):
Rhea – 9th
Leah – 59th
15-18 solo (top 12 figures qualified):
Rhea – 9th
15-18 duet (top 12 figures qualified):
Rhea & Leah – 10th
Well done to all our girls and special thanks to coaches Pam and Fiona, and Camilla and Deborah who were working at the event as judge and athlete services volunteer on behalf of Swim England.
Congratulations to Rhea on a superb 9th place result in both her figures and her solo routine today in day 1 of the National Age Groups in Gloucester. Rhea and Leah have also qualified to swim duet tomorrow. Good luck girls! Follow the live scores here: https://t.co/0Mhde4qMyM
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!