Baku 2015: School then swimming for star student Cooper

12 June 2015 / 13:31

Danielle Cooper didn't just pack her sports kit for the European Games - she brought her school books.

Half of the ten strong British synchronised swim team are taking GCSE and A Level exams in Baku.

Cooper, the youngest in the squad at just 15, revealed she had her phone and computer confiscated so she can't speak to friends back home - and took her GCSE history exam just 24 hours after landing in Azerbaijan.

"We trained in the morning, then when everyone else went back to HQ to do some more video reviews, the three of us revised in the car on the way to being taken to do our exams at a British school in Baku,” said Cooper, who won the British team title earlier this year.

“All my stuff’s going to be confiscated - phone and anything I can get the internet on - because, with the time difference, my friends in England will already have taken their exams and I mustn’t find out anything.

“Obviously the exams have made it harder than usual, but in a way, it breaks up the stress. Instead of having this one big ‘Ooo, this is the European Games’, you’re thinking ‘OK, I’ve got to concentrate on exams now'.

“History is my least favourite exam, but I think it went okay."

Team GB's synchronised swimmers sit tenth after their qualification free routine staged just a few hours before Friday night's opening ceremony, which will be staged at a sold out 65,000 capacity National Stadium.

Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Jorja Brown, Jodie Cowie, Emma Critchley, Esme Lower, Genevieve Randall, Hannah Randall and Rebecca Robertson posted a 75.100 score as the traditionally strong nations - Russia, Ukraine and Spain - dominated the top positions.

Cowie and Genevieve Randall also combined to score 75.1667 in the duet free routine qualifying, which ranked them 12th of 20 teams, securing a spot in the final.

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