Over two sunny weekends in April, Southampton Diving Academy hosted the ASA South East Regional Age Group competition at The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex. This competition was a qualifying event for the ASA National Age Group Diving Championships to be held in Sheffield’s Ponds Forge in May.
Clubs from across the South East region attended including Albatross Diving Club (Reading), Maidstone Swimming Club and Star (Guildford) alongside guest teams from Crystal Palace, Southend Diving, Waltham Forest, Haringey Aquatics, West Wilts and Dive London Aquatics Club.
The team scooped an impressive 26 South East Regional medals over the two weekends, 9 Gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze.
Many of the Southampton Divers were new to this level of competition; some were looking to achieve the qualification scores to progress to the National Finals and some were there for the experience of competing in a higher level event, so the stakes were high and nerves were tingling for all of them.
Taking gold on the Platform and 1m Springboard for Boys 14/15 Years was Elliott Moorhouse in a fantastic come back after a long absence from injury. Also performing well in that age group were William Osborne, who took gold on the 3m Springboard and bronze on the 1m Springboard, and Thomas Bailey who took silver on the 1m Springboard.
In Boys 12/13 Years, Reuben Brown took silver in both the 3m and 1m Springboard and bronze on the Platform with a solid performance on all 3 boards showing consistent skills under pressure.
In Boys 10/11, Milo French, the youngest boy in the Southampton squad, impressed the judges to take silver in both 1m and 3m Springboard and a bronze on the Platform with team mate Ethan Bennett putting in some very consistent diving to take the bronze on the 1m.
The girls’ competition was fierce in all age groups, but in the 14/15 Years group, Southampton’s Katie McArthur held her nerve to take gold on the 1m, beating team mate Serena Torpey into Silver. In Girls 12/13 years Tia Pritchard and Evelyna Johnson battled hard and eventually couldn’t be separated, taking joint top spot, Tia was one of the few girls in this age group to dive from the 7.5m Platform. Tia also took gold on the 3m Springboard and bronze on the 1m Springboard to complete a great all round performance. Ella Anderson and Lauren Bailey took gold and silver respectively on the 1m both of them performing risky double somersaults to secure their medals.
Meanwhile in Girls 10/11 Years, the star was Milly Batten taking gold on the 3m Springboard with a superb inward 1.5 somersault with pike securing her title. Milly also took silver on the 1m Springboard against some tough competition and bronze on the Platform. Dulcie Wilson showed great composure to take the bronze on both 1m and 3m Springboards in only her second competition at this level and is one to watch for the future as one of the youngest girls in the Southampton team.
Angus Kerr and Cameron Gammage, two of Southampton Diving Academy’s Elite divers also took part in this competition as guest divers in preparation for their National Junior Elite Championships which take place in Sheffield in May.
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 2nd Milly Batten, 3rd Dulcie Wilson, 5th Collette guyett-Smith, 7th Lucy Chandler
3m 1st Milly Batten, 3rd Dulcie Wilson, 5th Collette Guyett-Smith, 6th Lucy Chandler
Platform 3rd Milly Batten
Boys 10/11 Years
1m 2nd Milo French, 3rd Ethan Bennett, 8th Robbie Lee
3m 2nd Milo French, 5th Ethan Bennett
Platform 3rd Milo French, 7th Ethan Bennett
Girls 12/13 Years
1m 1st Ella Anderson, 2nd Lauren Bailey, 3rd Tia Pritchard, 4th Gabrielle Kirkham, 6th Sofia Sathio, 7th Victoria Ward
3m 1st Tia Pritchard, 4th Ella Anderson, 5th Victoria Ward, 6th Sofia Sathio, 7th Lauren Bailey, 8th Gabrielle Kirkham
Platform Joint 1st Evelyna Johnson and Tia Pritchard, 4th Gabrielle Kirkham, 5th Lauren Bailey, 6th Ella Anderson, 7th Chloe Harrington, 8th Victoria Ward, 9th Sofia Sathio, 10th Megan Curtis
Boys 12/13 Years
1m 2nd Reuben Brown
3m 2nd Reuben Brown
Platform 3rd Reuben Brown, 4th Alex Walton
Girls 14/15 Years
1m 1st Katie McArthur, 2nd Serena Torpey, 4th Jessica Bennett, 5th Jade Brindley, 7th Nicole van Hoof, 8th Emily Adams, 10th Victoria Kennedy, 11th Chantelle Beckett
3m 4th Katie McArthur , 5th Jessica Bennett, 6th Serena Torpey, 7th Emily Adams, 8th Nicole Van Hoof, 9th Victoria Kennedy, 10th Chantelle Beckett
Platform 5th Katie McArthur , 6th Emily Adams, 7th Victoria Kennedy
Boys 14/15 Years
1m 1st Elliot Moorhouse, 2nd Thomas Bailey, 3rd William Osborne
3m 1st William Osborne, 3rd Thomas Bailey, 4th Elliot Moorhouse
Platform 1st Elliot Moorhouse
Written by Zoe French