London 2012 Olympics: Federici and Randall look to build on duet technical routine

ST ALBANS synchronised swimmer Olivia Federici, and partner Jenna Randall, finished ninth in the duet-technical routine at the London 2012 Olympic Games yesterday (Sunday) and will contest the second part of the preliminary phase later today (Monday).

Randall and Federici (n�e Allison), who are among nine synchronised swimmers selected to represent Team GB at the Games, finished with a score of 88.100.

They were awarded 44.00 for execution and 44.100 for overall impression, and will contest the free routine today (Monday).

In the duet event, the technical and free routines form part of the preliminary phase and the top 12 pairs at the end of both will progress to Tuesday’s final.

Randall and Federici, a former St Albans Girls’ School pupil, finished 14th on their Olympic debut in 2008, but have since progressed up the world rankings, currently sitting inside the world’s top 10.

Randall said: “It was great! Hearing the crowd cheer for us when we were walking out was fantastic and it gave us that extra buzz.”

Commenting on their performance, Federici added: “We’re very happy with the score, we haven’t been able to get 88 in the technical routine for a while so it’s great to see that and we’re ahead of the people that we wanted to be ahead of at this stage of the competition so far.”