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Southampton Diving Academy recently had a success at the ASA South East Regional Age Group competition. This competition was a qualifying event for the ASA National Age Group Diving Championships held in Sheffield’s Ponds Forge in July. The event was carried out over two weekends and was hosted by SDA at The Quays, Southampton, on 10th May and 18th May. Clubs from the South East region attended including West Wilts, Albatross (Reading) and Star (Guildford) and a guest team from Crystal Palace who took part in the ‘open’ event.
The team scooped an impressive 34 South East Regional medals over the two weekends, 17 Gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze.
With some outstanding diving and topping the medals table for the South East Region were two SDA divers. Taking Gold on all three boards, 1m springboard, 3m springboard and Platform, were Angus Kerr in the boys 10/11 Years and Thomas Graham in the boys 16+ Years. Both boys dived remarkably well over both weekends and saw their hard work and determination in training pay off by winning the titles of South East Regional Champion on all three boards.
Also winning in two events were Tia Pritchard in the girls 10/11 Years and Scott Palmer in the boys 14/15 Years. Tia achieved gold on the 1m springboard and 5m platform and Scott, who only competed on 1m & 3m springboard, won gold in both his events.
Others winning gold and achieving Championship titles were, Jessica Bennett, Rhys Crookes, Cameron Gammage, Dylan Lakeman-Brown, Amy Pritchard, Katie McArthur and William Osborne.
Evelyna Johnson, although new to this level of diving took bronze in the platform event in the girls 10/11 years.
In the girls in the 12/13 Years age group Jessica Bennett and Jade Brindley shared the top spots on the springboards where Jessica won Gold on 3m and bronze on 1m and Jade won silver on 1m and bronze on 3m. Newcomer to this level, Serena Torpey impressed, to win the Silver in the platform event where Jade also picked up a bronze medal to complete a hat trick of medals.
The boys 12/13 Years saw all three golds won by separate divers. 1m gold medallist was Rhys Crookes, achieving a massive 216 points, 3m gold went to Dylan Lakeman-brown and the platform event was won by Cameron Gammage. Other medal winners in this age group were Tyler Lane winning the silver in the 1m event and Thomas Bailey winning bronze on platform.
Katie McArthur won medals on all three boards in the girls 14/15 years, Gold on Platform, silver on 3m and bronze on 1m whilst team mate Amy Pritchard took gold in the 1m event and bronze in the platform event. Nicole Van Hoof, also a newcomer to this level, won bronze in the 3m event.
Joining Scott Palmer on the podium in the boys 14/15 years were teammates William Osborne and Robbie Brodie, William won gold on platform and bronze in the 3m event whilst Robbie achieved the silver in the 1m event.
Several of Southampton Diving Academys Elite divers also took part in this competition as guest divers in preparation for their National Junior Elite Championships which take place in Plymouth next week.
Lindsey Fraser, head coach said ‘these results were very impressive and I would like to congratulate the coaches and divers on these performances.’
Girls 10/11 Years
1m 1st Tia Pritchard 4th Collette Guyett-Smith
3m 2nd Tia Pritchard 4th Collette Guyett-Smith
1st Tia Pritchard, 3rd Evelyna Johnson
Boys 10/11 Years Platform
1m 1st Angus Kerr
3m 1st Angus Kerr
1st Angus Kerr
Girls 12/13 Years
2nd Jade Brindley, 3rd Jessica Bennett , 5th Serena Torpey , 6th Mia Wood , 7th Emily Adams , 8th Lauren Bailey , 9th Megan Curtis, 10th Chloe Harrington, 11th Gabrielle Kirkham
1st Jessica Bennett , 3rd Jade Brindley, 4th Emily Adams, 5th Lauren Bailey, 6th Serena Torpey , 8th Chloe Harrington
2nd Serena Torpey, 3rd Jade Brindley , 4th Lauren Bailey, 5th Jessica Bennett
Girls 14/15 Years
1st Amy Pritchard, 3rd Katie McArthur, 4th Nicole Van Hoof
2nd Katie McArthur , 3rd Nicole Van Hoof
1st Katie McArthur , 3rd Amy Pritchard, 4th Nicole Van Hoof, 5th Victoria Kennedy
Boys 14/15 Years
1st Scott Palmer, 2nd Robbie Brodie, 4th William Osborne, 5th Elliot Moorhouse
1st Scott Palmer, 3rd William Osborne, 4th Robbie Brodie,
5th Elliot Moorhouse
1st William Osborne
Boys 12/13 Years
1m 1st Rhys Crookes, 2nd Tyler Lane , 4th Thomas Bailey , 5th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 6th Cameron Gammage , 10th Reuben Brown, 11th Jamie Bevan.
3m 1st Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 2nd Rhys Crookes, 4th Tyler Lane, 6th Cameron Gammage, 7th Thomas Bailey, 9th Jamie Bevan, 10th Reuben Brown
Platform 1st Cameron Gammage, 2nd Rhys Crookes, 3rd Thomas Bailey, 5th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 6th Tyler Lane, 9th Jamie Bevan,
Boys 16+ Years
1m 1st Thomas Graham
3m 1st Thomas Graham
Platform 1st Thomas Graham