The British Synchronised Swimming Team are continuing their preparation for the Olympic qualifier and the LEN European Aquatics Championships by competing at the French Open last weekend. The team included GLL Sport Foundation supported athletes Emma Critchley and Hannah Randall who played a vital part in securing a bronze medal and a fourth place.
Hannah Randall, who was competing in her first senior international Solo final, finished in eighth place overall with an impressive total score of 74.3333.
The team, including Randall and Critchley finished in fourth place overall in the Technical Routine with a score of 74.6490 and competed again on the last day of competition in the Free Team. The 8-strong Team competing in the Free Routine consisted of Isabelle Thorpe, Hannah Randall, Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Danielle Cooper, Jorja Brown, Emma Critchley, Kate Shortman and Zoe James and stepped up to show their progress in one of their first senior international competitions together to win a bronze medal.
We asked Emma Critchley about the French Open and she said, “This was our first competition of the year and our first competition as a new senior team. We did ourselves proud with a new PB score on our free routine securing us a bronze medal. We also swam our new tech routine for the first time and were very pleased with our 4th place finish. Overall it was an incredibly successful competition as the solo and duet that we entered both made finals as well! There is still a lot of work to do and much that we can improve before we compete at our next competition – the senior European championships held in London in May!”
Congratulations to the GB teams, especially GLL Sport Foundation supported athletes Emma Critchley and Hannah Randall who have done us proud! Good luck to them both in the upcoming competitions.