Swimming - Synchronised team takes shape ahead of World Championships

The Great Britain synchronised swimming team has called on five new faces as they bid for World Championships success this summer.

Swimming - Synchronised team takes shape ahead of World Championships

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Britain's Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall perform in the synchronised swimming duets final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 7, 2012.

Following a week-long trial at the High Performance Centre a 12-strong team has been chosen to train full-time with National Performance Director Biz Price and National Coach Lolli Montico in Aldershot.

Along with stalwarts such as Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici – who finished ninth in the duet competition at London 2012 and helped the team finish sixth – are five new additions as preparation for July's World Championships in Barcelona begin.

Lucy Bowes, Amy Campbell, Jodie Cowie, Genevieve Randall and Hannah Randall have all been included while a further four athletes have been selected to train part-time at the High Performance Centre.

These are Imogen Smith, Chloe Shortman, Corrie Leech and Lily Ryan who will work with the full-time athletes and combine school with their training.

This year is a transition year for the squad with five new athletes joining us ahead of the World Championships.

"We have a good mix of youth and experience and we will be going to a number of international competitions to prepare for Barcelona with the duets and the team," said Price.

"It is important the new team athletes gain strength and learn the routines to high standard before the World Championships.

"There will be a lot of hard work ahead for these athletes but I know the seven full time athletes will support them and I believe that there are bright futures ahead for them.

"Our new four part-time athletes will be training weekly at the HPC and integrating their club programme with this. "I look forward to integrating their new training programme with their club coaches and the Junior National Coach who will join the HPC staff in April."

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