NEILSTON teenage girls were dancing on water and taking synchronised swimming by storm this week in 2003.

Zoe Kelly, Sophie Scott and Fiona MacSween were all part of the Ren96 Synchro team who came out on top at a Scottish championship.

Combining swimming, finesse and dancing, they were a truly winning combination, putting the village on the sporting map.

Leading the way was 16-year-old Zoe Kelly, who was coached by her mum Jill. She said: “I am improving all the time and am really enjoying myself.

“I have always loved dancing and swimming, now I get to do both. The team event is great because you can enjoy yourself with your friends.

“But I also like doing the solo event.”

Zoe, a Paisley Grammar pupil, won the Grade 3 solo event, while following in her footsteps was Sophie Scott, who took second in her grade 1 solo event and first in her duet with her friend Chloe Burns.

They were competing in the Scottish Synchronised Club Championships held at Montrose, with eight girls taking part.

Thirteen year-old Eastwood High pupil Sophie told the News: “I love the events. I find duets and the team events quite difficult, because you have to get the timing right. I have made some great friends.”

Fiona MacSween had just started working her way towards the top and was part of the whole team who came second.

Zoe’s mum, Jill concluded: “We’re a talented bunch in Neilston. All the girls are doing fantastic.

“Our girls look like they are really enjoying themselves and are having loads of fun.”