Federici off to a flyer

Team GB Synchronised swimming squad, with Olivia Federici, back row third from right
Team GB Synchronised swimming squad, with Olivia Federici, back row third from right
Kate Steels-Fryatt in action  Picture: Terry Scott

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Synchronised swimmer Olivia Federici is vowing to maintain her high standards after getting her London 2012 assault off to a strong start yesterday.

The former Portsmouth Victoria star and partner Jenna Randall got their campaign under way with the duets technical routine.

And they were clearly buoyed by Team GB’s flying form as they recorded a score of 88.100 to sit eighth after the first round.

The duo are well placed to make tomorrow’s final, with the top 12 duets after today’s free routine advancing.

And 22-year-old Federici insists she couldn’t have asked for a better opener to her London 2012 experience.

‘We are very happy with the score,’ she said.

‘We haven’t been able to get 88 or more in the technical routine for a while now, so that was great to see.

‘There weren’t really any nerves from us because we have been training eight hours a day, week-in week-out and you can’t lose that focus.

‘So we went out there just looking to get off to a good start and thankfully we managed to do that and we are both really pleased.

‘We are ahead of the people we wanted to be at this stage and we don’t want to let it drop now.’

Federici and Randall finished 14th in the duets in Beijing four years ago.

But Federici admits the London 2012 atmosphere blows everything else away.

‘It was great. Hearing the crowd cheer for us when we were walking out was fantastic,’ she added.

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