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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.
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