Baku 2015: Randall happy with synchro progress

13 June 2015 / 07:36

Genevieve Randall is happy to be one of the busiest synchronised swimmers at the European Games.

The 17-year old is entered in four events in Baku and ranked tenth in Saturday's solo free routine preliminaries with a score of 76.2333.

Randall is also competing alongside Jodie Cowie in the duet and taking part in both team events and is looking to better her individual event 14th at last year's European Championships.

Her surname is certainly a familiar one to British synchonrised swimming. Jenna Randall was a two-time Olympian and sister Asha also competed at London 2012. Hannah Randall is a member of the team in Baku and her sister Emily is also part of the British set-up.

No wonder some international rivals think Randall must be the most popular surname in Britain.

“It was a two-mark improvement from my last solo," she said, after finishing her routine set to Annie Lennox's 'I've put a spell on you'.

"I recently choreographed a new one, so the aim was for it to be more suited to me so that I could express more during the swim.

"Though it’s a competition where we will be competing in more events than we would in Rio, potentially, it’s great because it means we have to keep on the ball and our fitness has to be great, because we have to keep up with all the other programmes.

"It has been different to what we would do in a normal synchro aquatics competition. Because you are just with synchronised swimmers and you’re all the same age, so it has been really nice to meet other athletes at the village and it feels like good preparation for what Rio will be like."

Russia's Anisiya Neborako top the qualifiers ahead of Spain's Berta Ferreras Sanz and Ukrainian Yelyzaveta Yakhno.

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