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Gray leads England's juniors to synchro success in Croatia

Daniel Darlington

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Daniel Darlington

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MAIDENHEAD’S Mimi Gray was the stand-out performer for England’s Synchro u13s/14s team at the Primorje Cup in Croatia last month, clinching individual and team gold medals.

The 14-year-old Furze Platt Senior School pupil competed in Rjeka after her selection to the England junior squad and wowed the judges with a routine performed to Turandot’s Nessun Dorma.

Gray swims for the Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club and is coached by ex GB synchronised swimmer Kelly-Anne Russell.

She was sixth behind England’s Millicent Costello in the figures event, with a score of 62.7333 but returned to the pool to scoop gold in the solo and silver in the duet event, with partner Alyssa Basinger.

The Maidenhead schoolgirl, who won gold in all four of the National Age Group disciplines in December, scored 70,000 for her solo free routine to finish with a combined score of 132.7333.

She and Basinger were then narrowly denied gold in the duet competition, finishing just 0.0388 of a point behind Turkey.

In consolation the pair received the highest score of the competition for their free routine (67.3668).

Gray then spearheaded the England girls to gold in the team event.The team scored 68.7331 for their free routine to finish on 130.0609 overall.

Mimi’s dad Mike said: “One of the girls who performed the duet routine for Great Britain at Rio is also at Reading Royals so she has the right role models there.

“She wants to get to the Olympics if she can, that’s the aim and she’s on the right pathway.”

Gray is set for GB Junior squad trials in September.

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