Kingston Synchronised Swimming Club News

Success at London Regionals

8th June 2019 

Well what can we say! Before diving deep into the results, we want to say the hugest thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Kingston Synchro progression is out of this world, our synchro family is growing, and we couldn’t be happier.


The day started early from some with our first KSSC coach trip in over a decade! 63 swimmers along with their coaches and parents set off from New Malden to the first competition of the season. Upon arrival the judges were whisked away, and all swimmers prepared themselves for a few hard rounds of figure



A huge congratulations to the below medal winners and to everyone that competed.  

Following the figures section of the competition, attentions turned to the routines.

Flamingos that are out of this world


Competing in their very first competition having been put together as a new team in September, the girls swam a challenging space-themed routine to Katy Perry’s Extra-terrestrial I think we can all agree

they looked fantastic in their galaxy print suits and starry head pieces. The routine scored high on difficulty with a one judge awarding 5.9! Well done Flamingos we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us at the Combo Cup!

From Dolphins with love

Next up were our fabulous Dolphin Bond girls that treated us to a Spectre(cal) of artistic and acrobatic treats with almost (Dr) no mistakes. The Dolphins are another squad that have been put together this season and it’s clear to see they are a match-made in heaven. Coached by Lis Holland, Jess McEachron and Linda Wallace the dolphins have a fabulous support network behind them and its clear to see they are a rising force for the future… not just for your eyes only… for them, the world is not enough… OK we’ll stop now.


Aurora plays the game

Our next fabulous team to take the stage was Aurora squad with their exciting ‘Jumanji’ routine. With plenty of highlights this routine easily caught the crowd’s attention (as did the fabulous green suits) and it was great to see the girls’ hard work pay off. Well done to coaches Collette Crow and Jenny Batten for finalising such a well-polished team in such a quick turnaround. This group of girls are not to be missed!

Rio’s breathe fire into the competition

Over in the 12 and under division the first of Kingston’s three (yes three!) teams took to the pool. This artistic and challenging routine to the ‘How to train your dragon’ soundtrack was put together by swimmer and coach Rachael Stevens. With seemingly no nerves the girls pulled off a confident and polished performance allowing them to score highly in artistic impression. Well done Rios we can’t wait to see you swim again!

The Marlins like to move it (move it)

The Marlins requested tropical and jungle vibes from their coaches, and so the “Madagascar” routine was born. The girls pulled off an artistic and clean routine showing strength and strong synchronisation with team lifts, partner lifts and double arm eggbeater. The tropical theme was easily portrayed by this energetic and fun-loving group of girls. One judge caught the bug and awarded a 5.7 for Artistic Impression. Keep an eye out for these girls, next up is the Combo Cup!

Swordfish sail to the podium once again!

Last but by no means least our fantastic Swordfish team have made it two in two years with a second BRONZE medal at the London regionals. This year this energetic bunch performed a fun and athletic routine to songs from the hit film ‘Sing’. The girls showed their range with multiple lifts, fast-paced hybrids and sassy Ariana Grande arm movements to scoop their well-deserved BRONZE. Coached by Head Coach Collette Crow there is no stopping these girls, we’re looking forward to their performance next month at the Combo Cup.

Duets and solos

Who didn’t love Livy Crow’s emotionally charged solo. The lyrical routine really stood out on the day, with difficult double leg hybrids and some fantastically creative arm movements Liv stole the show, scoring highly for execution, artistic impression and difficulty (with no less than eight marks in the 6s, and even a 7.4). That shiny GOLD medal looks good on you Liv!

Our lovely duets Ellie & Amelia and Livy & Carys bagged joint BRONZE for their fabulous performances. Despite some issues with the underwater speaker these girls remained professional to perform impressive routines. Well done girls, we couldn’t be prouder.


As if full time careers, coaching junior squads and helping to run the club wasn’t enough, Kingston Synchro masters division train tirelessly week in week out with their coach Collette Crow to perfect solos, duets, combination and free teams. Here are some Exec Committee bios to help you get to know them better. 

There are only so many hours in the day – and these women manage to make Kingston Synchro the majority of them. We’re pretty sure if you were to cut them open, they’d bleed black and yellow. Thank you for everything you do and to all of our other volunteers.

Combination Team
Six of the team racked their brains to resurrect the National’s 2018 medal winning Wonder Woman Combination routine to take home a SILVER medal. Despite a false start with a bad underwater speaker the team were able to recover quickly and swim again with high lifts (despite the small team) and challenging synchronised hybrids. Seymour took gold, but we’ll get them at Nationals.


Free Team
The six were then joined by Lucy Ruff and Eliza Bell (to make a first-time full squad of 8 for a number of years) for the jaw dropping ‘Avatar’ free team that saw the squad bag a GOLD medal. Arguably some of Collette’s best team choreography yet for Kingston Synchro the routine is artistic and spell binding.


Rachael treated us all to fabulous rendition of her ‘Game of Throne’s routine. Rachael’s incredible height and dramatic arms are always a treat to watch and she led from the front showing the rest of the club how to put your passion for the sport into the water. Then our very own chair Louise took to the stage with her military solo – Louise has had a mere few weeks to put this solo together with Collette, and it is her first since duet partner and co-coach Laura announced her pregnancy earlier in the year (congratulations again Laura but please hurry back). Louise spun us into oblivion with the twists and turns of this fantastic routine and took home a well-deserved SILVER medal.


Finally Eliza Bell and Lucy Ruff remodelled the teams technical ‘Divergent’ routine into an

exciting duet showcasing their long legs and excellent technique (bagging a SILVER medal each) whilst Katie Holland teamed up with Lucy Whatley with a brand-new circus themed duet (awarded BRONZE) – we can’t wait to see how this new pairing will perform in the future!


And there we have it. London Championships is over for another year and if this performance is anything to go by we are a huge force to be reckoned with in the future. A huge thank you to all of our coaches and swimmers for the countless hours that have been put in to make this possible and of course our fantstic fan club – completely in sync with Kingston Synchro.

See you next year!!!

Jumanji Deckwork

Masters Legwork

Flexible Marlins in Madagascar

Best CLub Fan

Swordfish Team Focus

Out of This World Suits from Flamingo

Teamwork makes Dreamwork

Dolphin Medal Winners

Mother & Daughter Bling

KSSC Club Championships

For the first time in 15 years on 3rd March 2019 ,Kingston Synchro hosted a Club Championship. Swimmers aged 8 to 17 competed against one another to gain gold, silver and bronze. Swimmers trained the weeks before on the figures set by the coaching squad.


The swimmers were divided into 4 different categories (10 years and under, 11-12 years, 13-15 years and 16+ years). They were required to perform 3 figures in front of a panel of 5 judges.


All swimmers swam exceptionally well.


For the age group 8-10 years; 6th place ribbon was won by Ava Healy, 5th place ribbon was won by Florrie Hunt, 4th place ribbon was won by Bianca Mocanu, BRONZE medal was won by Tarryn Holmes, SILVER medal was won by Greta Pousti and GOLD medal was won by Amaya Herbert.


For the age group 11-12 years; 6th place ribbon was won by Leyna Balzekas, 5th place ribbon was won by Teagan Hartney, 4th place ribbon was won by Zia Davies, BRONZE medal was won by Louisa Loizou, SILVER medal was won by Tess Lea Gladys Drewett and GOLD medal was won by Emily O’Neil.


For the age group 13-15 years; 6th place ribbon was won by Maize Thomas, 5th place ribbon was won by Celia Thompson, 4th place ribbon was won by Josie Riley-Smith, BRONZE medal was won by Estelle Josephine Moen, SILVER medal was won by Carys Bruce-Caddick and GOLD medal was won by Katie Wallace.


For the age group 16+ years; SILVER medal was won by Olivia Barreiro-Tuke and GOLD medal was won by Livy Crow.

Well done to all the swimmers who competed, especially as for some it was their first experience of a synchro figure competition. All your coaches are extremely proud of you all.


Thank you to all the committee members, masters swimmers and junior swimmers who helped out on the day by scoring, marshalling and judging.


A special thank you to Louise and Collette who organised the event.

KSSC Competes in Combo Cup

On 7th July 2018, Dolphin team took part in the Combo Cup. They made the journey up to the Olympic Park, Stratford, to show off their spectacular Power Rangers routine.
Carys, Katie, Josie, Lucia, Nicola, and Celia trained exceptionally hard in the lead up to the competition - occasionally even doing an extra session here and there.  The swimmers presented the routine exceptionally well and made their coach, Katie very proud. 
Thank you to the parents for ferrying the team to the sessions, and supporting them at the event. Thank you to Katie for your drive and amazing choreography which got them to the competition, and thank you to Laura Lindley for judging on the day.
Well done everyone!

Internal Club Competition

On Saturday 16th June 2018, the club held an internal club competition for those swimmers who, unfortunately, couldn't compete in the London Competition last Saturday.  Twenty one swimmers registered for the event.


The swimmers were divided into 3 age categories (Novice; Grade 0 (8-12yrs); and Grade 0 (13-18yrs)) and were required to perform 3 different figures at 3 judging panels around the pool.


So, in third place, and awarded the BRONZE medal for the Novice group, was Florrie Hunt. Second place with SILVER was Amelia Moody and in first place with the GOLD medal was Greta Pousti.


Within the Grade 0 (8-12yrs) category, in third place, and awarded a BRONZE medal was Lily-Mae Kennedy. Second place, awarded SILVER, was Louisa Loizou and first, awarded the GOLD medal, was Tess Lea Gladys Drewett.


Finally the Grade 0 (13-18yrs) age category. In third place with the BRONZE medal was Priya Watkinson, second place with the SILVER medal was Manon Zahri and in first place with the GOLD medal Olivia Barreiro-Tuke.


Well done to all swimmers who competed, especially given it was their first experience of a synchro figure competition. Your coaches are extremely proud of you.


Thank you to all the committee members, masters swimmers, and junior swimmers who helped make the day possible by judging, scoring and marshalling.


Thank you to Louise, whose quick thinking led to the day being organised after the figures were removed from the London Competition.


A special thank you to Collette Crow, without whom the competition couldn’t have happened and who organised the whole event.


Well done swimmers!

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