Amazing performances all round on day three of the NAGs Diving Champs
12 July 2014
There was a great atmosphere from the very first dive thanks to the crowd of spectators at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.
The morning session on day three kicked off with the Girls B (14-16) 1m and the Boys C (12-13) 3m Springboard categories.
For the boys category, Aidan Heslop of Plymouth Diving and Matthew Riley of Dacorum Diving Club both got their second solo medals in the competition. Heslop tore away into first place with a huge score of 248.60 and Riley came third with a score of 224.40.
Crystal Palace Diving Club’s Pele Julien received his first medal of the competition, coming second with his 231.55. He brought it back from fourth with his final dive, an impressive inward 2½ somersault tucked.
The girls category ended with some familiar faces on the podium. Lexie Howard from Crystal Palace got the gold medal position with a score of 238.40, her second solo medal of the competition. Molly Bulmer from City of Sheffield Diving was a mere 0.15 points behind, also getting her second medal, this time silver with a score of 238.25.
Tia Monk of Crystal Palace, who impressed judges on day one in the synchronised diving, was awarded a bronze medal for her 226.15.
Tyler Humphreys of Crystal Palace got his second gold of the champsThe final categories in the morning sessions were the Boys B 3m Springboard and E2/D Platform. Perhaps spurred by his impressive victory in the 3m on day two, Tyler Humphreys of Crystal Palace got his second gold, this time in the Boys E2/D Platform, with a score of 162.70.
Angus Kerr of Southampton Diving Academy was close behind in silver medal position, achieving a score of 159.55. Adam Charity from City of Sheffield Diving club was awarded bronze for his score of 151.15.
The older age group, Boys B 3m, saw Plymouth Diving get two medals. The gold went to Reece Davis of Plymouth with an impressive score of 287.00. Liam Morrell Phillips of Beaumont Diving Academy got his second medal of the competition with silver in this category, just 1.15 points behind Davis. Harry Mason, also of Plymouth, scored 265.70 which secured him the bronze medal.
The afternoon session on day three began with the Girls C 1m and E2/D 3m Springboard categories. The 3m category gave City of Sheffield their first double podium finish, with Martha Clarke and Richelle Houlden getting gold and silver respectively.
City of Sheffield get a double podium finish in front of the home crowd in the Girls C 1mClarke led with 176.40 and Houlden was not far behind with her 173.10. Third place and taking bronze was Katherine Kerr of Luton Diving Club who scored 167.80 for her dives.
The Girls C 1m category had the largest number of entries so far in these finals, with 35 divers plus a guest diver from Shamrock Diving Club in Dublin. This made the competition fierce and meant the divers had to try to keep their nerves under control between dives.
Once again it seemed Crystal Palace had the edge, with their divers getting another triple podium finish. Florence Smith led the way for most of the session, achieving her second gold with an incredible 230.65. Her second to last dive, an inward 1½ somersault piked, scored her 46.80.
Ciara McGing was awarded silver, rising from third place with her final dive of the session, finishing on 215.35. The bronze medal was won by Louise Bradley for her score of 208.75.
The final session consisted of the Boys A Platform and the Girls A Platform categories. From the start these two categories looked as if they would be close competitions.
The girls had a great final, Rhian Humpage from City of Sheffield Diving Club getting her second gold of the competition with a solid 268.10.
For full results listings, please click hereAmy Watts of Albatross Diving Club in Reading was awarded silver for her 0.30 point lead over third place with 262.30. Isobell Ruff of Crystal Palace got her second medal of the championships, taking bronze with 262.00.
While the girls battled it out for the podium positions, Owen Weymouth stormed ahead in the boys category to get gold scoring a whopping 304.90, almost a clear 50 points from second.
Finn Aubrey of West Wiltshire Diving Club was awarded silver for his 255.75 and his fellow club mate, Oscar Lippiatt clinched bronze for a score of 248.15.
After an exciting and eventful day of diving, it was the perfect result to finish day three with. You can check out the full results page here.