KSSC Masters Travel to Brussels
On the 23rd of March 2018 the Kingston Synchro Masters Squad boarded the Eurostar for the Brussels Open Masters Championships. With new kit and a series of new routines we were excited to see what competitors from the UK and Europe would make of the new choreography!
Lucy Whatley Solo: Kanye & Planet Earth
On the morning of day one Lucy Whatley entered into the highly competitive 25-29 age category and performed her technical solo routine. To a medley of Kanye West hits Lucy impressed the crowd and judges with a confident and sharp performance, with that much-loved Whatley trade mark party edge! Later that day and after a few Jaffa Cakes for added energy, Lucy performed a free routine solo. With uplifting music from Planet Earth, and a tropical bird-inspired costume Lucy once again invigorated the crowd with an impressive performance and those essential splits (see picture 1 below). Lucy finished an impressive 5th place, scoring highest for musical interpretation and choreography. Well done Lucy!!
Louise Chambers & Laura Lindley Duet: Moana & Witches
Later on, Laura Lindley and Louise Chambers (yep, Kingston Synchro Chairwoman!) took to the pool for their Moana tech performance, competing in the 30-39 age category. A brand new and incredibly speedy routine the girls did their best to command the difficult choreography. Scoring highly for their fishtail and ballet leg elements the girls achieved a 61.79 for the routine, placing them in third place, out of seventeen duets going into the next round. The next day they performed their witches themed free routine to music from Beetlejuice, Coraline and Hansel & Gretel. Another difficult routine, the girls scowled dramatically through the performance for added effect and scored highly on overall impression. The highest scores they received were given for difficulty and choreography, which is very much thanks to Head Coach Collette Crow. Louise and Laura retained their third place and received a bronze medal on the podium.
Kingston Synchro Masters Combination Team: Wonder Woman
Swimmers: Rachael Stevens, Ciara Rooney, Chloe Fletcher, Katie Holland, Laura Lindley, Lucy Whatley and Louise Chambers
With a tight window from National Masters Champs in November, Coach Collette and the team only had 4 months to turn around an entirely new routine, and let's face it with Christmas included let's make that 3 months! With music from Run Boy Run, Wonder Woman and Doctor Who, it was a powerful routine with plenty of canons, sharp figures and highlight lifts. Despite the nervousness, a wobbly warm up swim, and a couple of last minute choreography changes, the girls all swam very well, finishing 8th overall in a very competitive category. Scoring highly for manner of presentation, musical interpretation and choreography the girls extend their thanks to coaches Collette Crow and Michelle Golding for their creation of the routine.