Welcome to City of Preston Aquatics
Synchronised swimming training times and locations are as follows:
- Monday: West View Leisure Centre - 19:00 - 21:00 (Elite Squad - pool)
- Tuesday: Hutton Grammar School - 19:00 - 20:00 (land work), 20:15 - 21:15 (pool)
- Friday: Hutton Grammar School - 19:30 - 21:30 (pool)
- Sunday: Leyland Leisure Centre - 18:00 - 20:00 (land work / exercise studio), 20:00 - 21:00 (pool)
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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!
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!
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.
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.
The Lancashire Championships event page has been updated with further details and times for the event.
Just a reminder that you can support CoPA financially at no cost to yourself. If you haven’t already signed up to Easy Fundraising please see this page for details. All money raised in this way goes directly towards supporting your club and swimmers.
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:
It was a hugely successful day for CoPA yesterday at the Warwickshire Synchronised Swimming Championships in Walsall. In the 12 & under figures, Natasha placed 3rd to gain a bronze medal and qualifying to swim solo, whilst Daisy finished 1st in the 13 – 15 figures, taking a gold and qualifying to swim solo. Meanwhile, Rhea finished 2nd in the 15 – 18 figures, taking a silver and qualifying to swim solo.
The solo events yielded more medals with Daisy finishing 1st to take gold in the 13 – 15 age group, whilst Rhea finished 3rd in the 15 – 18 group to take a bronze. Natasha narrowly missed the podium, finishing 4th in the 12 & under age group with the first swim of a brand new routine.
In the team combination events, the 13 – 18 team (Ana, Isabel, Olivia H., Olivia M., Evie, Izzy, Leah, Rhea and Daisy) took gold for an outstanding first place performance whilst the 12 & under team (Elizabeth, Nema, Sofia, Rachel, Imogen, Natasha, Lola, Jorja and Chloe) followed up with an impressive performance to take a 3rd place bronze medal.
Full results are below.
Just wanted to recognise your ongoing commitment to a great synchro website – we’d be lost without it!
A match report on CoPA’s participation in last weekend’s Festival of Water Polo can be found below: