16th Southampton Invitational
Southampton Diving Academy opened the new competitive diving season to claim success; hosting its 16th Southampton Invitational competition, the team retained the team trophy once again. This three day event attracts some of the best young divers in Great Britain and many really are stars of the future, this year was no exception with 160 divers in attendance from across the nation.
In a cracking display of Girl Power for SDA, we saw clean sweeps on the podium in the Girls 16+ years in the Platform and 1m events. Lucy Hawkins retained her title from last year, taking the gold medal on the platform, with Tanya Watson the silver and Gemma McCarthur the bronze. The same 3 in reverse order took the top slots on the 1m, with McCarthur taking gold, Watson silver and Hawkins bronze. The 3m springboard saw Watson take a well deserved gold and Hawkins the silver.
Girls 14/15 years were just as dominant. Georgia Adams storming to gold on the platform, with team mates Evelyna Johnson in silver, and newcomer to this level of competition Victoria Low delighted to take a bronze. Johnson nicked the gold in the 3m event ahead of Adams in silver, with Lauren Hallaselka taking the bronze. Hallaselka got her moment of glory though with a resounding victory to take gold medal in the 1m event ahead of Johnson in the silver medal position.
In Girls 12/13 years our team were clearly inspired by their older team mates; Maya Kutty took gold in the platform event, silver on the 3m, and a second gold on the 1m board, team mate Dulcie Wilson taking the bronze.
The SDA boys were also in fine form with Brandon Foster in Boys 16+ years taking silver in the 1m event and Thomas Bailey taking silver in the 3m event.
In Boys 14/15 years, Cameron Gammage took a double gold in the 1m and the 3m events, with a silver from the platform event. Angus Kerr taking the bronze on the platform and 1m.
Onto Boys 12/13 years, SDA again were dominant. Leon Baker was in top form and took all 3 golds with some beautiful diving. The platform event was hotly contested between the top 3 qualifying divers – all SDA boys – and no one else really stood a chance. Robbie Lee taking silver medal and Milo French the bronze. Lee also took a bronze on the 3m springboard, Nathan Bull taking a brilliant silver on the 1m.
Also achieving a place in the finals, winning top six medals and contributing to the overall team trophy win were: Ethan Bennett, Scott Palmer, Tia Pritchard, Victoria Low, Alex Walton, Jessica Bennett and Dulcie Wilson .
Director of Coaching, Lindsey Fraser said “The level of diving was very high, and our divers excelled in the environment. Well done to all divers and their coaches”.
Many other SDA divers competed at this level for the first time and the future is looking bright for the 17th Southampton Invitational next year.
Girls Group D & Under 1m
8th Anjali Kutty, 12th Maija Adamson, 16th Darshi Rana, 19th Olivia Szymczak, 20th Megan Thorpe, 22nd Millie Groth, 23rd Millie Boyes, 24th Imogen Fitzsimmons, 25th Abigail Tompkins, 26th Emily Jerrim
Girls Group D & Under 3m
7th Anjali Kutty, 13th Maija Adamson, 15th Imogen Fitzsimmons, 18th Millie Boyes, 19th Abigail Tompkins
Girls Group D & Under Platform
8th Maija Adamson, 9th Anjali Kutty
Boys Group D & Under 1m
8th Jamie Akerman, 11th James Nicholson, 15th Luke Hardy, 16th Reuben Havenga, 17th Oliver Wignall, 18th Ryan Spiteri, 19th Leo Tegg
Boys Group D & Under 3m
7th Jamie Akerman, 10th James Nicholson, 11th Luke Hardy, 13th Reuben Havenga, 14th Oliver Wignall
Boys Group D & Under Platform
8th James Nicholson, 13th Reuben Havenga, 14th Jamie Akerman
Girls Group C 1m
1st Maya Kutty, 3rd Dulcie Wilson, 7th Olive Ullyatt, 20th Emma Bolton, 23rd Amber Woodford
Girls Group C 3m
2nd Maya Kutty, 9th Olive Ullyatt, 10th Dulcie Wilson, 24th Emma Bolton
Girls Group C Platform
1st Maya Kutty, 7th Dulcie Wilson, 11th Olive Ullyatt
Boys Group C 1m
1st Leon Baker, 2nd Nathan Bull, 4th Robbie Lee, 5th Milo French, 14th Oliver Cazaly, 18th Oliver Covell, 19th Bevan Woolley, 20th Bryn James, 21st Illan Stead, 22nd Kai Lanham, 23rd Isaac Beard
Boys Group C 3m
1st Leon Baker, 3rd Robbie Lee, 4th Milo French, 5th Nathan Bull, 9th Oliver Cazaly, 16th Oliver Covell, 18th Bevan Woolley, 19th Bryn James, 22nd Illan Stead, 23rd Kai Lanham, 24th Isaac Beard
Boys Group C Platform
1st Leon Baker, 2nd Robbie Lee, 3rd Milo French, 7th Nathan Bull, 15th Bryn James, 16th Bevan Woolley, 17th Oliver Covell, 19th Oliver Cazaly, 20th Illan Stead
Girls Group B 1m
1st Lauren Hallaselka, 2nd Evelyna Johnson, 4th Georgia Adams, 6th Victoria Low, 7th Victoria Ward, 9th Tia Pritchard, 10th Chloë Harrington, 17th Astrid Davis
Girls Group B 3m
1st Evelyna Johnson, 2nd Georgia Adams, 3rd Lauren Hallaselka, 5th Tia Pritchard, 6th Victoria Low, 9th Victoria Ward, 16th Chloë Harrington
Girls Group B Platform
1st Georgia Adams, 2nd Evelyna Johnson, 3rd Victoria Low, 4th Tia Pritchard, 9th Victoria Ward, 11th Chloë Harrington
Boys Group B 1m
1st Cameron Gammage, 3rd Angus Kerr, 5th Alex Walton, 6th Ethan Bennett, 9th Ashley Burnard, 11th Thomas MacFadyen, 13th Reuben Brown
Boys Group B 3m
1st Cameron Gammage, 4th Alex Walton, 8th Ethan Bennett, 9th Ashley Burnard , 11th Reuben Brown, 15th Thomas MacFadyen
Boys Group B Platform
2nd Cameron Gammage, 3rd Angus Kerr, 4th Alex Walton, 7th Ethan Bennett, 8th Ashley Burnard, 11th Reuben Brown,
Girls Group A+ 1m
1st Gemma McCarthur, 2nd Tanya Watson, 3rd Lucy Hawkins, 6th Jessica Bennett
Girls Group A+ 3m
1st Tanya Watson, 2nd Lucy Hawkins, 6th Jessica Bennett
Girls Group A+ Platform
1st Lucy Hawkins, 2nd Tanya Watson, 3rd Gemma McArthur, 6th Jessica Bennett
Boys Group A+ 1m
2nd Brandon Foster, 6th Thomas Bailey, 8th William Osborne, 11th Scott Palmer
Boys Group A+ 3m
2nd Thomas Bailey, 4th Brandon Foster, 9th William Osborne
Boys Group A+ Platform
5th Scott Palmer, 6th Brandon Foster, 10th William Osborne