The London duo take gold at Figures on the opening day of the National Age Group Championships

Emily Nixon and Victoria Sharashkina of the London Regional Synchronized Swimming Club took gold on the opening day of the 2023 National Artistic Swimming Age Group Championships.

Nixon was crowned champion in the 9-10 figure event with Sharashkina taking gold in the 11-12 age group.

Sharashkina impressed as she took home the title by more than three points after exiting with a total score of 64.0630 to her four figures.

The London swimmer posted 10.4000, 11.4480, 12.2760, 12.6420 in each of her figure routines en route to the national title.

It saw her claim back-to-back titles after winning the 9-10 Figures competition in 2022.

Evelyn Fornasier took home silver after earning 60.9014 points for her routines, finishing 3.1616 points behind Sharashkina.

Rugby Artistic Swimming Club’s Lola Huett was the only other swimmer to break the 60 point barrier by winning the bronze medal with a total score of 60.2110.

Nixon’s 9-10 figure success

Nixon added to London’s successful opening day after winning gold by just under one point in the 9-10 Figures event.

He got 55.5863, which was divided into 9.0240, 10.2600, 10.5840, 10.7100 for each digit.

Portsmouth Victoria’s Madeline Swandell just missed out on the title after scoring 54.6932 with Birmingham City’s Teal Sutton rounding out the medal places with a score of 50.4795.

Speaking about her club’s double success, London manager Rachel Harris said: “We’ve worked very hard on our numbers over the last few months, especially this weekend, so I’m

“They’ve worked around three or four times a week training to get to where they are, so they’ve put in a lot of effort and we’ve done a lot of qualifications in the last six months, so they really deserve it.

“We are looking to enter a team in the Combo Cup, as well as a number of regional competitions, so I am really looking forward to seeing them progress throughout the year and I am very proud of what they have done today.”

Boitsidis wins first junior medal competition

Katherine Boitsidis, of the City of Bristol Swimming Club, won a very close competition for junior figures.

Boitsidis finished just 0.0272 points ahead of Birmingham City’s Magdalena Townsend after finishing with an aggregate score of 67.0036.

The Bristol swimmer posted 18.5020, 17.7840, 19.8940, 17.5240 for her four figures in a consistent performance.

Townsend had to settle for silver despite putting in a sensational display of control, finishing the meet with a total of 66.9764.

In third place and not far behind was Aqualina Artistic Swimming Club’s Kiarra Janikova, who ran a total of 66.6491 and narrowly edged out Chloe Hawksworth for the final podium spot (66.5709).

Stay up to date with live results via the Swim England Artistic Swimming Live Scoreboard Page.

Photos – Will Johnston Photography


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