Clean Sweep for Metro Synchro Team at Regionals

 
On Saturday 26th September, the Stockport Metro synchro team competed at the combined North West and North East Regional Finals, held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. In a dominant display, Metro came away with a clutch of medals across all disciplines.
 
As with all synchro competitions, the day started quietly with the all-important figures contest, where swimmers are tested on specific skills, and scores make up half the overall score in the subsequent routines. Metro started strongly in the 13 to 15 years category, bagging the top six places in the North West, courtesy of Sophie Freeman, Ashley Pearson, Rachael Mellor, Lucy Elliott, Victoria Hartley and Kate Urwin respectively. The senior swimmers followed, with convincing performances from Roisin Mooney (5th), Clidna Bailey Doyle (7th) and Niamh Hanly (8th).
 
After lunch, the solos contest marked the beginning of a swathe of Metro routines filled with drama and energy. The 13 to 15 year olds achieved another clean sweep, with Sophie Freeman taking gold (scoring 123.5), Ashley Pearson, silver (120.0) and Rachael Mellor, bronze (113.2).
 
Remarkably, this age group repeated this feat in the duet competition. With a strong technical interpretation of their ‘Spanish Guitar Medley’, Sophie and Ashley struck gold with a score of 120.8. A cheeky performance of ‘Bills’ earned Lucy Elliott and Victoria Hartley silver with 113.2 points, while Rachael Mellor and Kate Urwin added continental flavour with a stylish French number to secure bronze scoring 112.3.
 
When the time came for the team routines, the noisy Metro supporters were ready for a big finish. The under 12’s (Chiara Pozzoni, Clara Harrison, Elise Almond, Emily McCormack, Evie Walker, Jasmine Jones & Lia Harding) led the way with bronze in the free routine behind Salford and Preston. Then came the 13 to 15 years (Ashley Pearson, Hannah Bates, Kate Urwin, Lucy Elliott, Rachael Mellor, Sophie Freeman & Victoria Hartley) with another gold. The 12 and under combination team, swimming to Kung Fu Panda performed an excellent routine (Olivia Proctor, Eleanor Blackledge, Emily Jackson,Millie Hall, Grace Lu, Ruby Parry, Laura George) earning them silver medals. To enter as a combination team brilliant solo, trio and duet parts were performed by Olivia, Grace and Millie. The under 19’s team (Clidna Bailey Doyle, Megan Crewe Meaney, Niamh Hanly, Charlotte McDowell, Roisin Mooney, Robyn Neale, Emily Hirst, Melika Rahimishad, Alex Taylor & Holly Thompson) ended a long, but rewarding day with a silver medal in the free combination.
 
Congratulations go to all the swimmers, some whom were competing for the first time, and thanks go to all the Stockport Metro coaches, officials, helpers and supporters.

England Synchronised Swimming Squad 2016

After competing for England's 13/14/15 Age Group over the last year in Croatia at the Primroje Cup and in Italy at the Mediterranean Cup Stockport Metro's Sophie Freeman was asked to attend trials for the England Junior Squad the weekend of 19th & 20th September 2015.  

In preparation for the trials Sophie had to learn the England Free and Technical Team Routines and also worked hard on her 400m timed swim, her hypoxic test and her figures. 

Sophie has now had confirmation that she has been selected for the England Talent Synchronised Swimnming Junior Squad of 2016!  Her training will include travelling down to Aldershot and Surrey Sports Park to practice at weekends with the rest of the England Team as well as training throughout the week with Stockport Metro in synchro, swimming and land work.

All of the wolfpack are very proud of Sophie's commitment, motivation and her achievements!

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Well done Soph!! :)

Synchro North Beacon Squad

Stockport Metro Synchro Swimmer, Hannah Bates (12) has been selected for the North Beacon Squad Programme following her great results at National Age Groups in December. Hannah will now be able to attend extra training sessions with the Beacon Squad in Leeds over the next 6 months and will work on the England Talent syllabus which includes land training, educational opportunities and synchro specific technical work.

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Hannah has competed in 2 National competitions as a 12 and under swimmer, this year entering individual figures as well as team events, where she had main parts in the recreational team. Hannah has completed her first 2 skill grades and is working towards her 3rd and this year will be competing in the 13/14 age group in County, Regional and National competitions.

Sophie selected for England Talent Squad

Stockport Metro's Sophie Freeman has been selected for the Synchro England Talent Age Group Squad this weekend....

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SNAGS Oct 2014

Stockport Metro swimmers aged 13-17 competed at Scottish National Synchro Championships on 25th & 26th October.  All of the girls had an amazing weekend scoring highly in figures and routines.  Coaches Sara Dixon and Cheryl Richmond could not have been prouder seeing how highly they scored in their age groups. 

On Saturday the girls all competed individually in figures, all scoring well.  Megan Crew Meaney and Sophie Freeman qualified for solo's which were swam later that day.  Megan gained 12th place in the 15 plus age group and Sophie 6th in the 13/14's.  Both gave it their all and executed technically difficult and highly artistic routines to the delight of all their supporters and coaches.  Sophie and Ashley Pearson also qualified to swim their duet and were placed in 5th place following a brilliant swim.

13-14 competitive team

On Sunday Megan and Niamh Hanly qualified for and swam a lovely duet and finished in 9th place.  The weekend achievements grew even further when it got to the team events!  The 13/14 competitive team, Lucy Elliott, Ashley Pearson, Victoria Hartley and Sophie Freeman swam to Glenn Miller showing some complex figures and lifts along with great artisitic impression and finished in 3rd place!  The open competitive team, Megan Crew Meaney, Niamh Hanly, Robyn Neale, Clidna Bailey Doyle, Charlotte McDowell and Roisin Mooney did the best swim their coaches had ever seen and also finished in 3rd place after showing some really technically difficult figures and lifts and great solo's from Megan and Clidna and duets from Megan and Roisin and Niamh and Clidna.

Open Competitive team

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