This year’s National showcase Synchronised Swimming event, the Combo Cup was bigger and better than ever with over a 1000 competitors from 40 clubs across the UK. It was great to have 2 clubs representing Swim England Hertfordshire.
Aqualina who have attend this event since the inaugural event 3 years ago and Hatfield for their first time. The day was hot and very long but the atmosphere at the London Aquatic Centre more than made up for this.
All three teams from Aqualina received medals in the categories they entered.
The Superhero Team (12yrs and under) achieved Gold, with a score of 55.556, leading the second place team by a clear 3 points.
The Dragon Team (13-18yrs age group, Division 1), were in one of the biggest categories of the day with 20 other teams. They led for most of the session with a score of 56.8333 loosing out to Erith & District SC with a score of 56.863.
The final swim of the day for Aqualina was the Cavalry Team (13-18yrs old age group, Division 2). This routine is by far the most complex and fastest routine head coach Kerri Brennan has ever choreographed. The Team performed it extremely well and managed an amazing score of 60.10. They came away with a well deserved Bronze.
Hatfield’s team came a respectable 18th in the Division 1, 15yrs & Under section with a score of 46.1000. The team really enjoyed the experience of competing at such a prestigious event and location and are looking forward to a r return visit.
The overall Combo Cup is won by the club that scores the highest points. Aqualina came 5th overall out of the 40 clubs from the UK. All clubs ahead of them swum many more routines than Aqualina so this makes their overall position even more impressive.
Chairman of Aqualina Tom Brennan (also President of Swim England Hertfordshire) said ‘I am immensely proud as Chairman of this club, with just 3 hours of pool time and 1 hour of land training, we certainly hold our own. We were up against clubs with GB Talent Squad Swimmers that train some 16 hours per week and who have over 100 swimmers to select their squads from.
Kerri, Aqualina’s Head Coach, has an all inclusive ethic, which serves us very well. She manages to get the best out of the swimmers, they have so much respect for her, and the feelings are reciprocated.’
Swim England have produced a video of the Combo Cup.