Olivia completes Italian job well
PUBLISHED: 15:24 01 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009
A BEIJING-bound former Potters Bar synchro swimmer has gained further international experience in Italy. The British synchronised swimming pair of Jenna Randall and St Albans teenager Olivia Allison continued their momentum towards their first Olympics wi
A BEIJING-bound former Potters Bar synchro swimmer has gained further international experience in Italy.
The British synchronised swimming pair of Jenna Randall and St Albans teenager Olivia Allison continued their momentum towards their first Olympics with a strong performance at the Rome Open.
The pair, who recently qualified for the Olympics in China, competed this weekend with the aim of going ahead of their closest rivals Mexico and Kazakhstan.
Randall and Allison, who is an honorary member of Hatfield Swimming Club, competed well in the free competition on Friday and finished in 10th place with a score of 86.800.
The technical routine showed a small drop for the British pair and they finished in 11th place with a total score of 86.100.
Going into the final the girls had to put any fatigue they may have been feeling to one side to come out and show how much they have improved in the past year.
Randall and Allison took to the final and performed confidently to show improved height on their boosts and speed through the water.
They scored highly to take an overall score of 86.600 for 10th place, finishing just behind Mexico and ahead of Kazakhstan.
National performance director Biz Price was pleased with the progress the girls have made.
"I was happy with the duet's performance here this weekend," said Price.
"We beat Kazakhstan and finished just 0.1 points behind Mexico, which is very promising.
"Obviously, in our next competition we will be looking to go ahead of Mexico."
Price added: "I made a lot of changes to the routines for this competition to take the girls to the next level and they performed quite consistently and did a very credible job with the new routines.
"The judges said they had noticed big improvements since both Europeans and the Olympic qualifiers and rated them in the higher category, which I am very pleased with."
The girls are currently in the middle of a heavy training phase as they step up their preparation for the Beijing Games in August.
Price said: "No-one commented on the girls looking fatigued, which I know they were, but it shows me that they can pick themselves up for competition.
"We are now going to go back to continue to work on getting more power, height and stability in the routine which I believe will get us the higher marks."
Beijing will be the first Olympics that Allison and Randall will have competed at and Price has been working through their training to prepare them both technically and physically for the challenges they will face in China.
"I needed to make their training more challenging for them so they would be able to handle the next level," said Price.
"It has been hard on them but I know we are right on course for the Olympics.