National Age Group Diving Championships – Ponds Forge, Sheffield

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Divers from Southampton Diving Academy recently attended the 2014 National Age Group Championships. As a country-wide event it brings together all the top divers at this level to compete for National titles.

11 year old Angus Kerr was SDA’s most successful diver of the weekend. On the first day of competition most of the team paired up for the synchro event.  Angus, who had enjoyed winning the National 9-13 Year Boys Synchro title with his SDA teammate Brandon Foster in 2013, this year, teamed up with a diver from another club having lost Foster to the Elite level of diving.  Angus proved his versatility by, once again, coming away with the gold medal and retaining the title with his partner – winning the event on the very last dive.

After his initial gold medal win, Angus proceeded to battle it out against his synchro partner for the top spots in the individual events. Despite the lower tariff dives, which means his scores are multiplied by a lower amount, he secured the Silver on Platform and the Gold on 1m Springboard by demonstrating his attention to detail on every dive, his most successful dive was an Inward one and half somersaults piked (403b) on 5m platform which scored 50.40 points.

The SDA team also enjoyed several top six placings in this high standard competition.  Young Evie Johnson, who has just started in the sport from the TID programme achieved an amazing 5th place in the girls 11+under platform event. Rhys Crookes, diving in the boys 12/13 years has been working on several new dives on all three boards this season and executed them with confidence at this competition, securing him fourth position on a three boards, just missing out on the medals.  Thomas Graham was SDA’s only contender in the boys 16/18 years and secured 4th place in his platform event and 5th place in his 1m springboard event. Diving consistently in the boys 14/15 years platform event saw Scott Palmer achieve a 6th placing in his platform event.  Synchro partners Jade Brindley and Emily Adams, Thomas Graham and Scott Palmer and Rhys Crookes and Tyler Lane were also placed top six in their respective Synchro events.

This National event sees the divers having to compete on all three boards and with most of the divers taking part in the Synchro event this year; they competed on all four days. The team responded to the challenge and it was pleasing that so many divers achieving Personal Bests and showing team spirit in the synchro event.

Full Results

Boys 8-13 1m Springboard Synchro

1st Angus Kerr and Tyler Humphreys,  6th Rhys Crookes and Tyler Lane,  8th Dylan Lakeman-Brown and Thomas Bailey

Boys 14/18 3m Springboard Synchro 

5th Thomas Graham and Scott Palmer

Girls 8-13 1m Springboard Synchro 

5th Jade Brindley and Emily Adams, 8th Jessica Bennett and Lauren Bailey

Girls 8/11 Years 1m Springboard 

21st Evelyna Johnson

Boys 8/11 Years 1m Springboard  

1st Angus Kerr

Girls 12/13 Years 1m Springboard 

11th Jessica Bennett, 18th Jade Brindley, 23rd Serena Torpey, 26th Chantelle Bekett, 27th Emily Adams, 29th Lauren Bailey

Boys 12/13 Years 1m Springboard  

4th Rhys Crookes, 7th Tyler Lane, 10th Thomas Bailey, 13th Cameron Gammage, 19th Dylan Lakeman-Brown.

Girls 14/15 Years 1m Springboard 

16th Katie McArthur, 25th Nicole Van-Hoof

Boys 14/15 Years 1m Springboard  

11th Elliot Moorhouse, 12th Robbie Brodie, 15th Scott Palmer, 16th William Osborne

Boys 16/18 Years 1m Springboard 

5th Thomas Graham

Girls 8/11 Years 3m Springboard  

21st Evelyna Johnson

Boys 8/11 Years 3m Springboard  

5th Angus Kerr

Girls 12/13 Years 3m Springboard  

14th Jessica Bennett, 20th  Serena Torpey, 23rd  Jade Brindley,  24th Emily Adams , 28th Lauren Bailey

Boys 12/13 Years 3m Springboard  

4th Rhys Crookes, 7th Tyler Lane, 8th Cameron Gammage, 14th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 15th Thomas Bailey

Girls 14/15 Years 3m Springboard  

19th Katie McArthur, 21st  Nicole Van-Hoof

Boys 14/15 Years 3m Springboard 

8th Scott Palmer 10th Elliot Moorhouse, 14th William Osborne

Boys 16/18 Years 3m Springboard 

9th Thomas Graham

Girls 8/11 Years 5m Platform   

5th Evelyna Johnson

Boys 8/11 Years 5m Platform  

2nd Angus Kerr

Girls 12/13 Years Platform

10th Jessica Bennett, 12th Jade Brindley, 16th Emily Adams, 18th Lauren Bailey, 19th Serena Torpey.

Boys 12/13 Years Platform

4th Rhys Crookes, 9th Cameron Gammage, 12th Thomas Bailey, =15th Tyler Lane,  =15th Dylan Lakeman-Brown,

Girls 14/15 Years Platform  

12th Katie Mc Arthur

Boys 14/15 Years Platform  

6th Scott Palmer, 8th William Osborne

Boys 16/18 Years Platform

4th Thomas Graham