CoPA Success at North West Synchro Championships!

City of Preston Aquatics’ run of successful results continued today at the North West Synchronised Swimming Championships at Broughton:

  • In the 12 and under figures competition, Natasha finished 5th, Immy 13th, Sofia 14th, Elizabeth 20th, Abby 21st, Nema 22nd, Lola 24th, Chloe 25th and Jorja 26th.
  • Daisy took gold in the 13-15 figures, whilst Olivia M., finished 12th.
  • The 15-18 figures saw Rhea take a 2nd place silver and Leah finish 4th.
  • In the 13-15 solo event, Daisy took gold.
  • Rhea finished second for another silver in the 15-18 solos and Leah gained a bronze for her third place finish.
  • Rhea and Leah took gold for their 15-18 duet routine.
  • The 12 and under team (Natasha, Elizabeth, Jorja, Chloe, Nema, Abby, Sofia, Lola and Immy) picked up another gold medal for their already award-winning 2017 “Little Monsters” routine.
  • The 13-18 Combination Team (Daisy, Rhea, Leah, Ana, Isabel, Olivia H., and Olivia M.) took a gold medal for their “Fairground Freaks” routine.

It goes without saying that the entire CoPA family continues to be very proud of our swimmers.  Congratulations to them all on yet more well earned success.

CoPA Synchro Swimmers Selected for GB Squad!

We are delighted to announce that City of Preston Aquatics now has two GB synchronised swimmers – Daisy Rushton and Rhea Howard.  The girls had already undertaken a gruelling set of prerequisite skills which had to be assessed at club level in order to meet the requirements to trial, which whittled down the number of candidates to 23 from across the country.  Trials then took place on Saturday at Hengrove Pool in Bristol following which the girls were successful, resulting in them being offered places on the GB squad.

Congratulations to both girls, of whom CoPA is justifiably proud.  Now the hard work really starts!

CoPA Bring Home the Silverware from National Synchro Combo Cup

What an amazing day for City of Preston Aquatics yesterday as they took part in the first ever Swim England national synchronised swimming Combination Cup in Manchester.  The event attracted approximately 600 swimmers from clubs the length and breadth of the UK and CoPA entered two teams – in the 12 & under and 13 – 18 age groups.  Against this stiff competition, both CoPA teams finished second in their events to gain silver medals!

12 & under “Little Monsters” team: Elizabeth, Rachel, Nema, Immy, Sofia, Jorja, Lola, Chloe and Abby

13 -18 “Fairground Freaks” team: Rhea, Tilly, Daisy, Olivia M., Izzy and Leah

We are immensely proud of our swimmers – congratulations girls!

Synchro Training Session Cancellations and Additional Training Dates

The club will be closed on Friday 22nd September and the following Tuesday, 26th September due to coach commitments and Hutton school open evening.  However, additional training has been arranged at Hutton from 11:30 – 13:00 on Sunday 24th September for swimmers who will be competing at the North West Regional Synchro Championships at the end of the month.

Lancashire Synchro Championships Results

It was a good day for City of Preston Aquatics in the Lancashire County Synchronised Swimming Championships on Sunday with medals being won across several categories and age groups.  The day commenced with a novice figures competition and saw CoPA produce a hat-trick of podium results: Nema (gold), Rachel (silver) and Daisy Royle (bronze).

In the solo events, Daisy Rushton claimed a gold for CoPA in the 13-15 age group whilst Elizabeth followed up with a silver in the 12 & under age group.  2nd and third places also went to Tilly (silver) and Rhea (bronze) for their routines in the 15 & over category.

Imogen and Nema took a silver in the 12 & under duets, whilst Evie and Isabel G. did the same in the 13-15 duets.  Another hat-trick of results for CoPA came in the 15 & over duet (although CoPA were the only club entering teams in this event!). The final standings were:  Tilly & Rhea (gold), Izzy & Leah (silver) and Olivia H. & Ana (bronze).

Finally, in the combination team events, CoPA took the top spot with their ‘Fairground Freaks‘ team (Daisy Rushton, Tilly, Leah, Rhea, Izzy, and Olivia M.),  (gold), with the ‘Little Monsters‘ (Elizabeth, Nema, Rachel, Abby, Lola, Jorja, Chloe, Daisy Royle, Sofia and Immy) also finishing a credible 4th.

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part, and thanks also to our friends from City of Salford, Kendal and Blackburn Synchronised Swimming Clubs for taking part and making the event a success.  Full results can be found here.

It’s called ‘Synchronised Swimming’!

Yesterday the world governing body for synchronised swimming (FINA) decided to change the name of the sport to ‘Artistic Swimming’. Many in the synchro community are upset at this re-naming of their sport without consultation and feel that the new name does nothing to describe the ‘synchronisation’ that forms the foundation of the sport, and neither does it reflect the extreme athleticism, power, strength, flexibility and endurance that has come to be synonymous with the sport. If you wish to voice your opposition to this change of name, please sign the petition below: