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Aquatics round up 21 March

Divers competed against their peers from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Norway and Sweden at the Royal Commonwealth Pool – the home of diving at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – on the 1m and 3m springboards in both individual and synchronised events.

Jordan Houlden (City of Sheffield) took gold in both the Boys 1m and 3m Springboard events, while teammate Millie Haffety took home a hat-trick of medals including gold in the Girls 3m Springboard.

NAG Water Polo Qualifiers

Don't forget, you can get your stories included in the weekly round up, find out how.The Boys and Girls U17 ASA National Age Group Championships Qualifiers were held at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre this weekend.

Sedgefield moved one step closer to defending their Boy’s U17 title as they finished at the top of Group A. They will be joined in the finals by City of Manchester, City of Sheffield and Caledonia.

In the Girl’s U17 qualifiers, City of Manchester remained unbeaten in this year’s Championships and secured their place in the finals. Exeter, London Otter and Rotherham will join them in Manchester on 24 April.

  • Full reports from the weekend to follow.

FINA/NVC Diving World Series

English divers have secured a five medals across the first two legs of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2016.

Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson made an impressive debut as a synchro pair winning medals at both the Beijing and Dubai legs.

There was also medal success for synchro pairs Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow, and Chris Mears and Jack Laugher.

Men’s European U19 Water Polo Championships qualifiers

A squad of 15 English players has been named as the British team travelling to Turkey for the Men’s European U19 Water Polo Championships 2016 qualification tournament.

Taking place from 4 – 8 May, the event will see Great Britain aiming to finish in the top two in their group to qualify for the finals in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands from 11 – 18 September.

Sport Relief and Swimathon

600 pools across the country were involved this year’s Swimathon challenge as part of the Sainsbury’s sport Relief Games.

Individual participants swam distances of 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k, while groups share the distances as part of team challenges.

Parents! Are your your aquatics stars aged between 9-15 and ASA members? Check out AquaZone, the aquatics social network.Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon President, said, "I love Swimathon because it gives people a goal to train for, an extra reason to get in the pool and above all else it helps to raise money for a truly fantastic cause.”

Sport Relief also saw singer Will Young and comedian Russell Jane go head to head at the London Aquatics Centre as part of the Clash of the Titans event.

Joined by members Aquabatix, the pair showcased their artistic flair and acrobatic abilities in an impressive synchronised swimming competition.

Watch the performances and find out who came out on top here:

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Synchronised swimming in Rio

British Swimming and the ASA have received official confirmation of the quota place achieved by Katie Clark and Olivia Federici at the Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament in Rio.

Their performance gained a quota place for Great Britain at this summer’s Olympic Games, which was later confirmed by the international federation, FINA.

Synchronised Swimming Lead, Karen Thorpe, said: "Achieving the Olympic quota place is a real testament to the hard work that has been done not only by Katie and Olivia but also Genevieve [Randall] and Jodie [Cowie].

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