Top junior divers from all over England descended on Southampton last weekend for the 12th invitational diving competition. Over 120 divers competed during 3 days of competition on both Platform and Springboard, with Southampton divers stealing the show winning 10 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Southampton also ran out comfortable winners of the team trophy, beating Sheffield and Plymouth diving into second and third place.
Leading the way for Southampton was Gemma McArthur who dominated the girls’ 14/15 age group with an excellent display to win 3 gold medals in the 1m and 3m springboard, and the platform competitions. Gemma dived consistently well all weekend and showed her inner strength by holding her nerve and calmly executing her toughest dives, which included dives from the 10 platform for the first time in competition. Gemma was delighted with her back one and a half twists with two and a half somersaults which was awarded a total score of 68.80 points in the final.
Maddie Angell won the silver medal in the platform event also competing optional dives from the 10m board for the first time and achieving many scores of 7 in this event. Maddie also attained personal best scores in the 1m springboard and 3m springboard events winning silver and bronze respectively.
Angus Kerr, competing in the youngest age group of 11 & under, was top Southampton boy making the finals on all three boards and finishing with two gold’s, comfortably winning his 3m Springboard and Platform events. On 5m platform Angus scored several 8’s winning the preliminary event by a massive 36 points.
In the girls 11 & under Tia Pritchard won bronze in the 3m Springboard final, where, with some consistent diving, lifted herself from her 4th. Lewys Oakley won gold on platform in the boys 14/15 years achieving a personal best score and performing a forward 2.5 somersaults with 1 twist from 10m platform for the first time – scoring 7’s. He also won a podium position in the 3m springboard competition, improving his 5th medal.
Brandon Foster also won a place in all three finals, winning Gold in the boys 12/13 years 1m springboard event and achieving a personal best score in the final. He was narrowly denied a second gold on the 3m springboard, with only a 1.75 point margin he claimed silver. Team mate Rhys Crookes won silver in the 1m springboard final in this age group where he also achieved a personal best score.
Tanya Watson dived consistently all weekend, confidently performing several new dives, in the girls 12/13 years competition and was rewarded with a gold medal in the platform event where she swapped positions from the preliminaries with team mate Emily Martin who comfortably took the silver. Both girls achieved personal best scores and won a place in the finals on all boards.
Mollie James, Lauren Grinstead and Sarah White all dived in the girls 16+ age group and all took their place on the podium. Lauren Grinstead won gold in the platform event confidently performing an inward three and half somersaults from the 10m platform for the first time in competition. Team mate Sarah White also won silver in the platform event. In the 1m springboard event Mollie James maintained her preliminary position to win the silver medal whilst Sarah took the bronze medal position improving on her 5th position.
Charlie Wood comfortably won gold in the boys 16+ platform event, 23 points ahead of his closet competitor.
This was the first competition of the diving season and Southampton Diving Academy was well represented in every final. The club saw many of its divers not only win medals but also attain personal best scores and achieve the standard required to compete at this level at the British Gas National Diving Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield next July.
Director of coaching Lindsey Fraser said –
“I was delighted with the success of the weekend and would like to thank all the volunteers who made it such a great event. My congratulations to our divers who performed very well, and we have several new divers qualifying for National age groups as a result of the weekend. Well done to all.”
Girls 11 & Under 1m
5th Tia Pritchard, 15th Evelyna Johnson, 17th Maddie Newcombe, 18th Lucy Chandler, 19th Astrid Davis
Girls 11 & Under 3m
3rd Tia Pritchard, 15th Astrid Davis, 16th Maddie Newcombe
Girls 11 & Under 5m Platform
12th Maddie Newcombe, 13th Astrid Davis
Boys 11 & Under 1m
4th Angus Kerr, 15th Cameron Gammage
Boys 11 & Under 3m
1st Angus Kerr, 13th Cameron Gammage
Boys 11 & Under 5m Platform
1st Angus Kerr, 6th Cameron Gammage
Girls 12/13 1m
5th Tanya Watson, 6th Emily Martin, 12th Jade Brindley, 13th Jessica Bennett, 17th Emily Adams, 18th Lauren Bailey 20th Chantelle Beckett
Girls 12/13 3m
5th Emily Martin, 6th Tanya Watson, 14th Emily Adams, 15th Jessica Bennett, 17th Jade Brindley, 18th Lauren Bailey
Girls 12/13 Platform
1st Tanya Watson, 2nd Emily Martin, =10th Jade Brindley, 12th Lauren Bailey, 13th Emily Adams, 14thJessica Bennett
Boys 12/13 1m
1st Brandon Foster, 2nd Rhys Crookes, 10th Tyler Lane, =15th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 18th Thomas Bailey
Boys 12/13 3m
2nd Brandon Foster, 4th Rhys Crookes, 10th Tyler Lane, 15th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 17th Thomas Bailey
Boys 12/13 Platform
4th Brandon Foster, 8th Rhys Crookes, 10th Tyler Lane,11th Thomas Bailey, 15th Dylan Lakeman-Brown
Girls 14/15 1m
1st Gemma McArthur, 2nd Madeleine Angell, 7th Sophie Kinnard, 8th Portia Angove, 13th Lucy Hawkins, 15th Amy Pritchard, 18th Ellen Morrow, 19th Katie McArthur, 20th Caitlyn Crumpler
Girls 14/15 3m
1st Gemma McArthur, 3rd Madeleine Angell, 8th Sophie Kinnard, 10th Lucy Hawkins, 15th Amy Pritchard, 16th Katie McArthur
Girls 14/15 Platform
1st Gemma McArthur, 2nd Madeleine Angell, 4th Lucy Hawkins, 9th Sophie Kinnard,10th Portia Angove, 13th Amy Pritchard, 15th Ellen Morrow, 16th Katie McArthur
Boys 14/15 1m
5th Lewys Oakley, 6th Max Cott, 8th Thomas Graham, 10th Scott Palmer, 11th Robbie Brodie, 13th Elliot Moorhouse,
15th William Osborne, 18th Alfie Lakeman-Brown, 19th Oscar Kitchen
Boys 14/15 3m
3rd Lewys Oakley, 4th Max Cott, 8th Thomas Graham, 9th Scott Palmer, 11th Elliot Moorhouse, 12th Robbie Brodie, 14th William Osborne
Boys 14/15 Platform
1st Lewys Oakley, 5th Max Cott 7th Thomas Graham, 8th Scott Palmer, 10th William Osborne, 12th Robbie Brodie
Girls 16+ 1m
2nd Mollie James, 3rd Sarah White
Girls 16+ 3m
4th Sarah White, 5th Mollie James
Girls 16+ Platform
1st Lauren Grinstead, 2nd Sarah White
Boys 16+ Platform
1st Charlie Wood