Athletes from Henley Synchro Club had a fantastic weekend at the National Age Group championships

Athletes from the 9-12 age group exceeded all expectations in the figures competition. Eva Narewska placed 9th, Zara Warren 26th, Emma Buckley 31st and Annie Skaanild 79th. At only 11 years old, this placed them 3rd, 7th, 9th and 16th respectively for their age.

All four athletes swam a Yoga themed routine in the team competition, showing off their flexibility and strength as they moved as one through the water. Their team score was added to their average figure scores to achieve 9th place.

Emma Buckley also swam in the solo competition, placing 10th out of the 12 swimmers that qualified. She showed beautiful showmanship swimming to music from the Pink Panther. All 9-12 swimmers were coached by Mikki Carter.

Eva Narewska was invited to Trials for the England Development Squad as one of the top 10 athletes in the 9-12 age group. This is a massive achievement for Eva, her coach Mikki Carter and the club.

Poppy Butler and Oliver Warren secured the silver medal for their mixed duet swim in the 13-15 age group. With music from Footloose their fun, energetic routine was a crowd pleaser, achieving their highest ever score in this category.

Synchronised Swimming participation is at an all-time high of 5,000 athletes nationwide. To have qualified for nationals is an incredible accomplishment and shows the dedication, motivation and determination of the athletes, coaches and parents.

Anyone interested in trying synchronised swimming is invited to join in a trial session on Sunday, December 16. For further details email synchro@henleysynchronisedswimmingclub.org

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