AN Inverclyde school pupil is 'in sync' with success after winning a medal at a major synchronised swimming competition.

Alexandra Melvin displayed lung-busting endurance, athleticism, artistry and technical skill to claim silver in the Free Team event at the Scottish National Synchronised Championships.

Her mum Irena Fabijanska said she is so proud of her daughter who attends St Columba's School in Kilmacolm.

She said: "Synchronised swimming means everything to her, she absolutely loves it.

"It's a fantastic sport.

"I had no experience in synchronised swimming until Alexandra took an interest in it - it's a really brilliant sport."

Alexandra, 12, took up the sport two years ago after spotting a poster in a sports centre.

Her mum added: "She was a good swimmer and completed all her exams and gradings but she wasn't keen on lane swimming.

"She's always loved gymnastics and dancing and one day we were going for a swim and she noticed the poster.

"Synchronised swimming is perfect as it combines swimming with gymnastics and dance.

"Alexandra went along and has never looked back.

"It's hard work and she needs to have the upper body strength as they're not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool or they're automatically disqualified.

"She has to move her legs using the eggbeater kick to tread water and lift up.

"It's lovely to see."