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2015 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships

2014 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships

City of Birmingham did well at the 2014 NAG Championships in Gloucester. Highlights included gold medals for Madison Griffith in the 18-19 Figures and for Madison and Hannah Smith in the 18-19 Duet. Madison also took silver for her 18-19 solo. The 13-14 team and the 19 & Under teams both won excellent silver medals against stiff opposition in the combination routines. Birmingham's Phoebe Bradley-Smith representing the England Talent Team was third in the international category for her solo and figures.


2014 Synchro Novice Championships

Wonderful performances by all girls at the Novice Championships in Walsall produced a creditable result for the club.

In the figures, gold medals were awarded to Elicia, Emily, Tegan and Holly; Olivia took silver and Katherine, Emma & Jasmin bronze. In the duet's gold medals were won by Tegan Smith & Katherine Richey & Shona Mills; silver by Olivia Hall & Eithne Evans and bronze by Eleanor Hall & Ellie Parker. The 12 & under team won a well deserved gold medal in for their routine.

2014 Warwickshire ASA Championships

The whole team performed brilliantly in the Warwickshire Championships in Rugby at the weekend. In the Warwickshire competition Birmingham won 10 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. In the invitation competition, involving teams from throughout England, we won 10 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.

Highlights included a clean sweep of golds for Phoebe Bradley-Smith in all figures and solos competitions for her age group and also for Phoebe and Lois Powell in the duet competitions; double wins for the 15-17 team, the 19 & under team and the open team; the overall solo championship for Phoebe; the overall duet championship for Phoebe and Lois; and the overall team championship for City of Birmingham. [Full results]

Success in Croatia

Phoebe Bradley-Smith was part of the gold medal winning England Talent Junior Team at the 2014 Primorje Cup in June.

Phoebe also swam well in the figures and solo competitions improving from 12th place (second highest England score) after the figures to a creditable 7th following a near perfect performance in her solo routine.

 

 

2014 British Championships

The team performed exceptionally well in the British Championships in Sheffield. Phoebe Bradley-Smith got off to a great start on the first day with a silver medal in the Figures competition. On the second day Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse took bronze in the Technical Duet and Phoebe finished second in the Free Solo with the smallest of margins between the gold and silver places. In the team routine we finished a creditable 4th place against stiff opposition with an excellent routine despite being one woman down due to injury. On the final day Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith rounded off a fine Championships with a silver medal in the Free Duet.

 

2013 National Age Group Championships

We made an encouraging start on the Friday when a new 19 & Under Combination Team that have only been swimming together for 5 weeks took the bronze medal against stiff opposition from across the UK. In solo events, Madison Griffith came an excellent 3rd place in the 19 & Under figures and Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 2nd in both the 15-17 Figures and the 15-17 Solo. The highlight of the weekend was a superb gold medal for the enchanting duet by Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith (pictured). Two girls qualified for the forthcoming England Trials which take place at Crystal Palace. Sydney Jackson will swim in the England Development trials and Phoebe Bradley-Smith in the England Junior trials.

 

2013 Midlands Championships

We enjoyed a very successful Midlands Championships in Leicester on 13th October 2013. The girls all swam brilliantly winning 8 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals. Highlights included gold medals for Sydney Jackson (12&U solo); Sydney Jackson & Jasmin Lockhart (12&U duet); the 12&U Combination Team, the 19&U Free Combination Team, the Champsionship Duet abd and the Championship Team. Behind the stunning performances by the girls was a team of unsung heroes. Our coaches and team managers deserve medals themselves for their dedication and professionalism in turning out a team that we're proud of. [Full results]

 

2013 Warwickshire & Open Invitation Championships

Great performances by all girls in the combined Warwickshire ASA / Staffordshire ASA and Open Invitation Championships ensure an impressive haul of medals. In the Warwickshires we collected 13 golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes and in the Open Invitation 8 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes. Phoebe Bradlley-Smith won 5 individual Warwickshire golds and 5 individual Invitation golds plus further medals in duet and team competitions. Phoebe won the Warwickhire ASA Rose Bowl; best overall solo and best overall figures.

Other highlights included the Presidents Shield for the duet by Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith and the wins by the 19 & Under team in both Warwickshire and Invitation competitions. Our younger competitors also produced excellent performances. Sydney Jackson & Jasmin Lockhart won gold in the Warwickshire 12 & Under duet and Sydney won gold in the Warwickshire 12 & Under figures. The 13-14 team won gold for their routine in both Warwickshire and Invitation competitions. Last but not least the 12 & Under team which included a number of girls who were competing for the first time won gold in the Warwickshire Championships and silver in the Invitation.

2013 British Championships

The Synchro section represented Birmingham admirably at the British Championships in Sheffield, an event made special by appearances by international athletes representing Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands as well as the top domestic teams from around the country.

The team came a creditable 5th in the free combination routine. The team practised a difficult lift time and time again during the warm up and just didn't seem to be able to get it right. However, when the pressure was on during their routine, the lift was executed to perfection as the girls produced a fantastic performance of the routine they've been working on since January.

In the technical solo, Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 9th with Lois Powell and Maddison Griffith in 16th & 17th respectively. Phoebe qualified for the free solo on the second day finishing 10th. In the technical duet Phoebe and Maddison finished 12th and in the free duet Phoebe and Lois finished 8th.

Sunday 20th January

The planned Gala at Stechford Cascades has been cancelled so sessions will be as follows:

Juniors: 2.30 - 4.00pm
Youth: 2.30 - 4.00pm
National: 2.30 - 4.30pm
Learn 2 Synchro: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

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2010 ASA National Age Groups Championships

Our teams competing at this year's National Championships produced medal winning performances. The 15-17 team performed their Moulin Rouge routine superbly to achieve an identical score to Bristol Central and both teams were jointly awarded gold medals. The 13-14 team took the bronze medal with their Austin Powers themed routine.

All girls who took part in the figures did well. Congratulations to Lucy Ridge & Jessica Campbell who qualified for the first round for the 2011 GB Junior Squad selection process. [Full results]

Success at 2010 Midlands Championships

Congratulations to swimmers, coaches & team managers for the great results at the Midlands Synchronised Chamionships in Leicester on Saturday 30th October 2010.

The tally of 7 golds, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals included golds for 15-17 Solo (Lucy Ridge); 13-14 Duet (Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith); 15-17 Duet (Katie King & Lucy Ridge); 13-14 Combination Team; 15-17 Combination Team; Championship Duet (Jessica Campbell & Lucy Ridge) and Championship Combination Team.

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Full results

Success at 2010 Warwickshire & Invitation Championships

The City of Birmingham Synchro team gave fantastic performances in this year's Warwickshire ASA and Staffordshire ASA Warwickshire & Invitation Championships. The final medal tally in the Warwickshire Championships was 13 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze. In the Invitation Championships we won 7 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze.

The 13-14 team and 19 & under team took gold in both competitions as did Katie King (15-17 figures & 15-17 solo); Phoebe Bradley-Smith (13-14 solo); 13-14 duet (Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith); 15-17 duet (Katie King & Lucy Ridge).

Emily Firth took gold in the Championship Figures and was crowned the Figures Champion. City of Birmingham was awarded the trophy for Best Overall Team.

Full medal list ~ Full Results

2009 ASA National Age Groups Championships

Superb performances from all our girls against stiff opposition at this year's National Championships resulted in a medal tally of one gold, one silver and two bronze. The 15-17 team opened on Friday with an energetic routine to take gold in the free combination event. Phoebe Bradley Smith and Lois Powell followed with a great performance in the 12 & under duet to take bronze. On Saturday, the 13-14 combination team produced their best peformance of their routine this year to take silver. The 12 & under team rounded off a great weekend on Sunday taking bronze with their free combination routine. Congratulations to all the girls and coaches for a brilliant climax to our competitive season.

Gold Medals:

15-17 Free Combination (Recreational)
Charlotte Brookes, Charlotte Kong, Jessica Campbell, Emily Firth, Alice Munro, Philippa Meddings.

Silver Medals:

13-14 Free Combination (Recreational) [video]
Katie King, Lucy Ridge, Amelia Clarke, Cordelia Roberts, Danielle Mercier, Molly Ross, Hannah Smith.

Bronze Medals:

12 & Under Free Combination (Recreational)
Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Lois Powell, Abigail Parkes, Zoe Key, Isobel Lynock, Lily Bradley-Smith.

12 & Under Duet
Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith.

2009 Midland Championships

Birmingham secured 8 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals - well done to all competitors, coaches and team managers. Full medal list. Team routine videos.

Yvette Baker Selected for GB Senior Squad

Following a seven-day trial in which twenty athletes were challenging for a place on the GB Senior squad for 2009/10, Yvette has been selected as one of the successful twelve athletes. The trial took place in three phases with basic fitness and technical tests; technical and routine drill; choreography and land testing.

Yvette will now be moving to the GB squad's base in Aldershot to train alongside Olympians Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison and the rest of the squad. Congratulations to Yvette and our best wishes for success with the GB squad. [Full details]

Birmingham Synchro Receives Swim 21 Accreditation

The Club's application for Swim 21 accreditation has recently been accepted. Swim 21 is the ASA's Club Development model and provides a 'quality mark' that is recognised nationally as indicating that clubs are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members. [Full details]

Elizabeth Smith honoured by City of Birmingham Swimming Club

Congratulations to Elizabeth Smith who has been awarded Life Membership of the City of Birmingham Swimming Club for services to the club. This honour is rarely awarded to swimmers and it is the first time the award has ever been given to a synchro swimmer.

Junior GB and England Age Group Development Squad Selections

Congratulations to Yvette Baker for being selected for the Junior GB Squad and to Lucy Ridge for being selected for the England Age Group Development Squad.

Head Coach appointed as 'A' synchro judge

Congratulations to our Head Coach, Allison Pratt, who has been upgraded to the prestigious FINA ‘A’ list of synchro judges making her eligible to judge at all FINA events. Allison has previously judged at European Junior and Senior events and is proud to be upgraded to the ‘A’ list.

Allison said “It is a real honour to receive such good evaluation and to be moved up to the top list, I am really looking forward to the chance to judge at an Olympics or a World Championships. It is really nice to know that your hard work has been recognised. I would love to be selected to judge at the Olympics in London but to have this opportunity you need to receive good evaluations to be invited so the pressure to perform well is still on.”

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Regional Development Squads

Congratulations to the following girls on their selection for the 2009 squads:

West Midland Region Junior Development Squad

Phoebe Bradley-Smith
Lily Bradley-Smith
Zoe Key
Lois Powell
Hannah Smith
Hazel Williams

East & West Midland Multi-Regional Senior Squad

Phoebe Bradley-Smith
Charlotte Brookes
Jessica Campbell
Katie King
Molly Ross

Wyndley Pool Re-opens

On 10th January 2009 we took part alongside members of Boldmere Swimming Club in the re-opening ceremony at Wyndley Swimming Pool following recent refurbishments. At the ceremony were Olympic medal winners Eleanor Simmonds, David Davies and Joanne Jackson. Three of our teams performed routines and there were demonstrations of high dive, water polo and competitive swimming.

Highlights from the day were featured on BBC Midlands Today (YouTube copy) and a selection of photos is available here.

West Midland Development Squad Trials

Congratulations to all of the Birmingham Synchro Swimmers who took part in the Trials on Sunday 4th January to qualify for the West Midland Development Squad.

ASA National Age Groups Championships 2008

At the National Championships held in Gloucester from 5th to 7th December, Birmingham recorded the following results:

12 & Under Free Combination (Recreational) - 5th
13-14 Free Combination (Recreational) - 2nd
15-17 Free Combination (Recreational) - 1st
15-17 Free Solo: Yvette Baker - 4th

Congratulations to all of our competitors and our coaches for representing the city so well.

Midland Age Groups Championships 2008

Birmingham Synchro enjoyed success at this year's ASA Midland Synchronised Swimming Championships and Age Groups held at Walsall Gala Baths on 19th October 2008. A selection of videos from this event are included in our video gallery.

Our impressive array of medals included golds in 13/14 Figures, 15/17 Figures, 18/19 Figures, 13/14 Duet,
15/17 Duet, 18/19 Duet, 13/14 Combination Team and the Championship Combination Team. [Full medal list].

Congratulations to all of our competitors and our coach and thanks to Walsall for hosting the event and to all the parents and other helpers for making the day a success.

[Full results]

Elizabeth SmithElizabeth Smith Awarded 2007 Swimmer of the Year for Warwickshire

Elizabeth Smith became the first synchro swimmer to be awarded the title of Swimmer of the Year for Warwickshire.

At 17, Elizabeth was one of the youngest athletes to be selected for the senior squad and has moved away from home to train with the squad 5-6 hours a day, 6 days a week in Aldershot.

Elizabeth joined the City of Birmingham Synchronised Swimming Club at the age of 7 and became 12 and under Warwickshire Champion at the age of 9. She has been first in her age group every year since, winning figures, solo and duet.

In 2005 Elizabeth became member of the England Junior Development Squad which won the gold medal for England in the Primorje Synchro Cup at Rijeka, Croatia.

Elizabeth represented Great Britain in 2006 at the Junior European Championships and the Junior World Championships and was a member of the British team that travelled to Bonn in Germany for the 2006 European Championships.

 

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