8 divers, all of whom are members of the newly formed SERASA (South East Regional Amateur Swimming Association) Talent squad, travelled to Southend last week to take part in the Senior National Diving Championships. All compete for SDA (Southampton Diving Academy) based at The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex
They came back with an impressive 7 medals.
Both Sarah White (16) and Gemma McArthur (15) made finals on platform finishing in 5th place respectively, with Sarah becoming the Junior (18+under) silver medallist. Both girls achieved personal best performances, and Sarah, in particular, showed the benefit of a consistent list of dives.
The other medals came from the synchro events.
Lauren Grinstead (19) and Gemma McArthur paired up for the first time to take bronze in the 10m platform event; Maddie Angell (14) and Mollie James (16) also paired up for the first time to take 4th in the Senior event, and bronze in the junior event in the women’s 3m synchro event.
The men’s 10m platform saw a surprise outcome with Lewys Oakley (15) and Charlie Wood (20) taking gold. They pipped the favourites to the post when Junior European Individual champions Matty Lee (15) from Leeds and Dan Goodfellow (17) from Plymouth unexpectedly failed their last dive! This result meant that SDA continued it’s unbeaten run of having won this event every year it has run.
Lewis Coleman-Smith (16) also performed well, taking English junior 3rd place on the place on the 1m s/b and 4th place on the 3m springboard.
Charlie Wood also made finals on the 10m platform, coming home just outside the medals in an impressive 4th.
Director of Coaching for SDA, Lindsey Fraser, was delighted with the outcome.
“This is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of the whole team and their coaches. I am looking forward to this new generation of divers from the South coming through to fill some of the shoes left empty by our top divers who have recently retired, including Olympic silver medallist, Peter Waterfield.”
Divers on the team are coached by Lindsey Fraser, Xinde Zhang and Jack Clewlow.