GB duet look to Olympic qualifier

PUBLISHED: 19:22 17 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

BRITAIN S synchronised swimming duet achieved their aim of improving their standing on the international circuit by finishing ninth at the LEN European Championships in Holland. In the free routine prelim, former Potters Bar synchro swimmer Olivia Allison

BRITAIN'S synchronised swimming duet achieved their aim of improving their standing on the international circuit by finishing ninth at the LEN European Championships in Holland.

In the free routine prelim, former Potters Bar synchro swimmer Olivia Allison and partner Jenna Randall struggled in places with their synchronisation.

The British duo knew they had to pull out a strong performance in order to place higher in today's final.

With just one month left until the duet leaves for the vital Olympic qualifier in Beijing, the pair understands that taking on feedback from international judges is vital for their progress.

St Albans teenager Allison said: "The judges told us that we looked low in the final laps of the routine.

"I think our travelling eggbeater let us down in the prelims, so we have been practising keeping our height on the second lap of the routine,

"This helped with the overall presentation of the routine and I think this helped us get higher marks today.

"This morning we were working on our counts and focusing on keeping our body positions tight in our lifts.

"This gave us more height and makes us look more powerful."

The pair had been working hard through training to make sure they looked strong in the water and their figures remained in time.

They also knew that being able to hold a greater level of consistency through their routine was important.

The teenagers entered the final looking confident. From the moment they dived in the routine looked more powerful and they executed their lifts better and kept the pace high through each lap of the swim.

This led to the pair getting more high eights to secure their position of ninth in the duet and the best result at a European Championships for nine years with a total score of 87.300 points.

The duet finished 13th at the 2006 European Championships and have improved significantly since they have been working with national performance director Biz Price.

After seeing their final performance in Holland, Price knows how to take the athletes to the next level.

"It is great to see that we are moving up and above our rivals," said Price.

"I would like us to be gaining higher marks for the routines, but we are moving in the right direction.

"I can clearly see what I need to do with the duet to improve in time for the Olympic qualification event next month and I think we should be able to get even higher marks over there.


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