Kingston Synchronised Swimming Club News

KSSC Return to the Combo Cup

On Saturday 6th July KSSC made their way back to the London Aquatic Centre to compete in the 2019 Combo Cup. In just 12 months we went from 1 competitive team to 5 – a huge improvement in anyone’s book!

 

The day started bright an early with many of those competing in session 1 having to begin their journey not long after 5am to make the 7am sharp registration! Our Flamingo, Dolphin and Aurora teams were on top form coming together to land drill their routines and get hair gelled before descending to the changing rooms to prepare for their swims.

Flamingo

team took to the stage first swimming 6th out of 20 with another brilliant rendition of their Alien’s routine. In the few short weeks since London’s this team have completely revamped with the help of Coach Katie, and had their best ever swim through to finish with a huge 6 point improvement! Well done girls, if this is what you can do in one month we can’t wait to see what the next few years hold for you!

 

Aurora

team were next up to represent KSSC and once again they had a fabulous swim of the exciting Jumanji routine. Stepping up their game these young ladies finished in the top 10 in the UK and are a definite force to be reckoned with! Coach Collette couldn’t be prouder.

Dolphin 

were next up for Kingston and provided the crowd with an exciting and strong rendition to a medley of James Bond themes. This squad has gone from strength to strength with the help of Coaches Lis and Jess in the last few months beginning to incorporate hybrids and lifts into their routines alongside their difficult double arm eggbeater sequences. The team had a great swim and improved again from their last competition. Well done girls!

After a brief (over 5 hour) break for our coaching team it was time for the 12 & Under teams to arrive and prep for their swims in session 3. These two teams are some of the newest swimmers in the club and have worked incredibly hard to get to this great event.

Swordfish

12 & Under Team 1

team were first up with their trademark energy and grins to treat the crowd to another best ever swim from Kingston. With the toe-tapping tunes from ‘Sing’ the team took to the stage with confidence and produced an exciting and exceptional routine. The look on Coach Collette’s face says it all – and a top 10 place in the UK to boot. Congratulations Swordfish!

Marlins

12 & Under Team 2

The penultimate swim of the entire day... With their stunning costumes and energised choreography the Marlins closed the show in style. Coaches Louise and Laura have put everything into this young and upcoming squad with Louise flying home early from Dubai to join Laura + bump to be there for the team every step of the way. With exciting arms, sharp legs and a fabulous solo from our upcoming superstar Amaya Herbert the Marlin team certainly stole the hearts of the crowd and did themselves and the club more than proud.

 

Fanclub

Our amazing Synchro Family

Lastly we cannot go without mentioning the fantastic Kingston Synchro family for the incredible support throughout the day. Thank you to Louise for being our designated judge and sitting through hours of routines as well as looking after the Marlins, to Lucy, Katie, Jess, Jackie and Collette for a stellar effort of over 15 hours at the pool (+travel!) and to all the coaches and volunteers who were there to lend a hand on the day. The support from the stands was incredible – with blocks of yellow all around the stadium it was clear that Kingston was the strongest team around and the teams really fed off that energy to provide best swims all around! We can’t wait to see you all at the next event with all the face paint and glitter we can get our hands on! 

 

And there we have it – the biggest competition of the year (and potentially ever in the UK) is done and dusted and that draws our competitive season to a close. Thank you so much to all the swimmers for you hard work and dedication, to all the parents for your support and taxi-services, to the committee for your organisation and finally to all our coaches for giving endless hours both at the pool and behind the scenes to give us our most successful year yet.

 

See you all at the AGM! (7th September, 9am, Malden Centre)

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

competition.

 

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.
 

Masters
 

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.

 

Solos
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.

 

Duets
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!


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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.

Any queries or concerns?

Please email us on kingstonsynchro@outlook.com.

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