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Four North Ayrshire Synchro swimmers have qualified for the Scottish National Championships after brilliant performances at a grading day in Bo’ness.

The event was attended by clubs from all over Scotland, and some had even come from England for the day.

The club, which trains at Garnock, Auchenharvie and the Portal, had seven swimmers sitting their Figures Grades which are a requirement for entry into competitions as they progress in the sport.

The day included tests of their flexibility and skills on land as well as in the water with the first challenge being a test of how well they can do the splits.

14 year old Danielle Ternent from Dalry, Erin Furry, who’s 12 and from Barmill and 11 year old Ailidh Brobyn from Largs were sitting Grade 3 and all performed fantastically achieving 10cm and 20cm oversplits, meaning their front leg was raised on foam blocks while their crotch was still flat on the floor.

Danielle’s sister Kerry, Erin Patten from Kilwinning, who’s 10, and 15 year-old Neve Cassidy from Ayr, were being tested at Grade 2, the girls all achieved flat splits or close to flat. 

It was the first experience of a grading day for our youngest swimmer, 9 year old Grace Thom from Lochwinnoch, who conquered her nerves to achieve a flat and almost flat on her left and right left splits.

After the splits test it was straight into the pool. Coach, Lynne Harper, told us: “The girls have been working very hard on all their figures, they just need to stay calm and focused and remember extension!” 

While the Grade 1 and 3 swimmers were being tested the Grade 2 girls faced an anxious wait on poolside. “We told them ‘Don’t worry about the results, just go out and do your best, we believe in you!’” says Assistant Coach, Helen Ternent, and the wise advice paid off with all seven of the team getting passes at bronze level.

“We are all so proud of the girls and the work they have put in to get these fabulous results,” says Lead Synchro Coach, Emma Miller. “The results also mean that Danielle, Erin Furey, Ailidh Brobyn and Erin Patten are now eligible to be entered into the Scottish National and Age Group Open Championships which is a huge step forward for us as a squad only in our 3rd year of competing. As a team we now have five girls eligible to compete at National level and we’re delighted!”

The SNAGs event takes place in Drumchapel over the weekend 27th / 28th October.