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Southampton Diving Academy returned to the boards for the new diving season to claim success, hosting its 13th Southampton Invitational competition, the team retained the team trophy once again. This three day event attracts some of the best divers in Great Britain and many are stars of the future. Amongst this year’s pickings were several Southampton GB/England International divers, and also a guest German International diver who SDA are currently hosting from a fellow club in Berlin.
Leading the way for SDA was Max Cott who dominated the boys 14/15 age group with an excellent display to win 3 gold medals in the 1m and 3m springboard, and the platform competitions. Max showcased new dives from the 10m board, holding his concentration and executing a fantastic handstand double somersault, impressing the judges and attracting scores of 8’s. Teammate Brandon Foster joined Max on the podium in the platform event after winning the preliminarily with a personal best score with mainly 7.5’s and 8’s, just slipping into to silver place in the final. Brandon also took the bronze on 3m springboard – both boys achieved several personal best scores with several new dives.
On form, Angus Kerr, diving in the boys 12/13 years, also used this opening event to the competitive diving season to perform some of his new dives to win a trio of medals, silver in his 3m springboard and Platform events and gold on the 1m springboard. Angus secured his place in all three finals in top three positions with personal best scores.
German International Springboard diver Frithjof Seidel enjoyed success in both Boys 16+ years springboard events winning the 3m event 24.2 points ahead of the silver medallist. Frithjof also took the silver medal in the 3m springboard event. “It is an honour to spend two months in Great Britain, I feel very delighted to have the opportunity to compete at The Southampton Invitational.” Seidel remarked.
Lucy Hawkins enjoyed a successful weekend in the girls 14/15 years settling for silver in a high scoring platform event just behind the gold medallist despite executing an outstanding back two and half somersaults from 7.5m. She then secured the gold medal in the 3m springboard event where she led the final from start to finish. Teammates Tanya Watson and Jessica Bennett both joined Lucy on the podium, Tanya secured the bronze in the platform event with some impressive diving and Jess the bronze in the 3m springboard event, Jess progressed into this final in 6th place but stayed poised to execute three first-class dives to secure a personal best score and the bronze medal. All three girls performed newly learnt dives and secured personal best scores. Also in this age group Emily Martin won gold in the 1m springboard event performing an outstanding last dive – a forward 2.5 somersaults.
Evelyna Johnson secured silver medals in both the 1m springboard and 5m platform in the girls 11 years & Under events, finishing both finals with an excellent inward one and half somersaults to earn scores of 6 & 7’s and the silver medal. Evelyna also scored personal best scores in all three of her events.
GB Internationals Gemma McArthur and Sarah White shared the victory in the girls 16+ years. Gemma won the 1m springboard event whilst Sarah took gold in the Platform event ahead of Gemma in silver and teammate Lauren Grinstead in bronze, Lauren performed a complicated handstand backwards twisting dive (Handstand back double somersault with two and half twists) in the preliminary, making her first female diver in GB to perform this dive in competition.
Many other SDA divers to achieve a place in the finals, winning top six medals and contributing to the team trophy win were: Sofia Sathio, Milly Batten, Victoria Ward, James Madden, Ethan Bennett, Chloe Harrington, Cameron Gammage, Thomas Bailey, Rhys Crookes, William Osborne, Elliott Moorhouse & Scott Palmer.
Girls Group D & Under 1m
2nd Evelyna Johnson, 6th Sofia Sathio, 7th Milly Batten, 8th Victoria Ward, 10th Dulcie Wilson, 11th Collette Guyett-Smith, 14th Astrid Davis, 15th Lucy Chandler.
Girls Group D & Under 3m
4th Milly Batten, 5th Victoria Ward, 6th Evelyna Johnson, 9th Astrid Davis, 11th Sofia Sathio, 12th Dulcie Wilson, 13th Collette Guyett-Smith, 15th Lucy Chandler.
Girls Group D & Under Platform
2nd Evelyna Johnson, 5th Victoria Ward, 6th Collette Guyett-Smith, 7th Astrid Davis.
Boys Group D & Under 1m
5th James Madden, 6th Ethan Bennett, 7th Milo French
Boys Group D & Under 3m
4th Ethan Bennett, 7th James Madden, 8th Milo French
Girls Group C 1m
21st Gabrielle Kirkham, 23rd Chloe Harrington, 25th Ella Anderson
Girls Group C 3m
16th Chloe Harrington, 19th Ella Anderson, 20th Gabrielle Kirkham
Girls Group C Platform
6th Chloe Harrington, 7th Ella Anderson
Boys Group C 1m
1st Angus Kerr, 8th Cameron Gammage, 12th Reuben Brown, 13th Alex Walton
Boys Group C 3m
2nd Angus Kerr, 4th Cameron Gammage, 10th Reuben Brown, 11th Alex Walton
Boys Group C Platform
2nd Angus Kerr, 4th Cameron Gammage, 10th Reuben Brown
Girls Group B 1m
1st Emily Martin, 4th Lucy Hawkins, 5th Tanya Watson, 11th Jessica Bennett, 15th Jade Brindley, 18th Serena Torpey, 19th Katie McArthur, 22nd Victoria Kennedy
Girls Group B 3m
1st Lucy Hawkins, 3rd Jessica Bennett, 4th Tanya Watson, 9th Serena Torpey, 10th Jade Brindley, 12th Katie McArthur, 16th Victoria Kennedy
Girls Group B Platform
2nd Lucy Hawkins, 3rd Tanya Watson, 9th Jessica Bennett, 11th Jade Brindley, 13th Serena Torpey, 14th Katie McArthur
Boys Group B 1m
1st Max Cott, 4th Scott Palmer, 5th Brandon Foster, 6th Elliot Moorhouse , 7th William Osborne, 8th Thomas Bailey, 9th Rhys Crookes, 11th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 12th Alfie Lakeman-Brown, 13th Jamie Bevan
Boys Group B 3m
1st Max Cott, 3rd Brandon Foster , 4th Scott Palmer , 5th William Osborne , 6th Thomas Bailey , 8th Rhys Crookes , 11th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 12th Elliot Moorhouse
Boys Group B Platform
1st Max Cott, 2nd Brandon Foster, 5th Rhys Crookes, 6th Scott Palmer, 8th William Osborne, 9th Dylan Lakeman-Brown, 10th Thomas Bailey
Girls Group A+ 1m
1st Gemma McArthur, 3rd Sarah White
Girls Group A+ Platform
1st Sarah White, 2nd Gemma McArthur, 3rd Lauren Grinstead
Boys Group A+ 1m
2nd Frithjof Seidel , 7th Lewys Oakley
Boys Group A+ 3m
1st Frithjof Seidel