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Whilst the majority of Southampton Diving Academy’s divers were committed to competitions elsewhere, a small team of 6 travelled to Leeds to compete in the G-Star Diving Championships and returned with an impressive show of medals.
Top of the medals table on the Southampton team was Mollie James in the Girls 16+Years age group. Mollie made the final on all three boards, 1m springboard, 3m springboard and Platform, and despite only just returning to full competition after injury Mollie achieved many personal best scores throughout and won two silver medals. On 3m springboard she impressed the judges with her reverse 2 ½ somersaults to score a notable 57.40 points, whilst on platform she dived consistently to again win the silver medal.
Other divers deservedly winning medals in their events included Lewys Oakley in the boys 14/15 years age group. Lewys also made the finals on all three boards but was most impressive in the platform event where he improved on his 5th place in the preliminaries to win the bronze medal in the final. Team mate Max Cott also joined Oakley in the platform final where he scored a fantastic score of 56.70 for his inward 2 ½ somersaults from the 7.5m platform and finished in 5th place. Maddie Angell, diving in the girls 14/15 years, earned a place in both the 1m and 3m springboard finals and with a remarkable inward 2 ½ somersaults on the 3m springboard moved from 6th in the preliminaries to 4th in the finals. Diving in the Boys 16+ Years, William Rigelsford dived with confidence in the platform final scoring 56 points for his back 2 ½ somersaults from 7.5m platform to finish in 5th place in the final.
This was a fantastic trip for Southampton Diving Academy with many successes. This is a challenging meet with entries from the best divers from all the top clubs in the country. There were some great individual performances and for such a small team, a great sense of team spirit which was rewarded with a 5th out of 16 placing in the team event.
Girls 12/13 Years
Emily Martin: 1m Springboard 17th, 3m Springboard 7th, Platform 10th.
Girls 14/15 Years
Maddie Angell: 1m Springboard 4th, 3m Springboard 4th, Platform 11th.
Boys 14/15 Years
Lewys Oakley: 1m Springboard 6th, 3m Springboard 6th, Platform 3rd.
Max Cott: 1m Springboard 10th, 3m Springboard 7th, Platform 5th.
Girls 16+ Years
Mollie James: 1m Springboard 4th, 3m Springboard 2nd , Platform 2nd .
Boys 16+ Years
William Rigelsford: 1m Springboard 9th, 3m Springboard 10th, Platform 5th.