The weekend of 4th – 6th December was a massive success for the Synchro wolfpack at National Age Groups in Gloucester!
Day 1 of the competition was the recreational teams competition. Stockport Metro had 2 different age groups entered, our 12 and unders in their first major competition(Millie Hall, Grace Lu, Emily McCormack, Ruby Parry, Olivia Proctor, Chiara Pozzoni) and our 19 and unders (Emily Hirst, Millie Quinn, Charlotte McDowell, Roisin Mooney, Alex Taylor, Holly Thompson, Melika Rahimishad), more seasoned competitors! Our 12 and under girls performed fabulously to Kung Fu Panda with a lovely solo perfomance from Chiara and duet from Chiara and Olivia. The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and placed 16th.
Later on in the day our 19 and unders perfomed to The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The crowd were in for a very pleasurable performace with solo's from Roisin and duets from Roisin & Charlotte and Alex & Holly along with great lifts from Holly & Millie. The girls placed 9th out of 23 routines!
Day 2 of the competition started with figures for the 13/14/15 age group. Out of 101 competitors we had some great placing's, Sophie Freeman who was awarded a bronze medal, Ashley Pearson 13th, Victoria Hartley 25th, Eleanor Monks 29th, Rachael Mellor 37th, Lucy Elliott 46th, Kate Urwin 58th and melika Rahimishad 73rd. Next up were the 12 and unders who were competing in figures for the first time at this level, The girls kept calm and perfomed their best placing Evie Walker 73rd, Jasmine Jones 84th, Clara Harrison 98th, Lia Harding 111 and Elise Almond 121st. Last up were our 15/16/17/18 girls, Fiona Currie 27th, Olivia Monks 33rd, Megan Crew Meaney 39th, Clidna Bailey Doyle 57th and Niamh Hanly 69th.
After qualifying for her solo Sophie swam her routine to Adele's Turning Tables and had a brilliant reaction from the crowd placing her 3rd! Sophie collected both of her bronze medals the same day to the pride of coaches, team mates and parents alike.
Day 3 saw our 3 13/14/15 duets perfom. First up from Stockport Metro were Rachael Mellor and Kate Urwin who perfomed a beautifully synchronised routine, placing 16th, followed by a really fun 'vogue' duet from Victoria Hartley and Lucy Elliott swimming to Madonna, placing 13th. The last Stockport Metro duet to swim was Ashley Pearson and Sophie Freeman's which with their beautiful swim to spanish themed music placed them easily in 2nd place. In the 15-18 category Olivia Monks and Fiona Currie's swam a very complex routine and placed 8th.
Next up were the competitive teams. Our 12 and under Egyptian themed team(Lia, Jasmine, Evie , Clara , Elise) made the audience smile as they really gave it their all, 13th place in their first National competition! Next were our 13/14/15 team (Sophie, Ashley , Victoria , Lucy , Kate , Rachael and Eleanor) who swam to music from all different countries placing them 3rd, another Bronze medal for Stockport Metro! Lastly our 15/16/17/18 team of 4, Megan , Niamh, Clidna and Olivia finished the day for us with a really great perfomance, placing 8th.
Thanks go to Lynda Pozzoni and Anglea Mellor for volunteering their time at the competition and to the great support from parents in the crowd!