Crystal Palace shine again at National Age Group Diving Championships
11 July 2014
Day two of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Diving Championships showcased some real talent from all diving clubs.
The morning session of the second day started with the Girls A 1m Springboard (17-18) and Boys B Platform (14-16), setting pace for the rest of the day.
For the boys, it was a close competition for second and third place, with only three points between them. Beaumont Diving Academy got two podium finishes with Liam Morrell Phillips getting the bronze with a score of 252.65 and Lewis Irons getting gold with a hefty 263.75.
Henry Biggs from Luton Diving Club got a 255.75 from his six strong dives, making him the silver medallist for the event.
The girls were equally as impressive. Rhian Humpage from City of Sheffield Diving Club got gold in front of her home city with a great score of 283.60. Her backward 1½ somersault piked caught the judges’ attention, scoring her 40.25.
Molly Bulmer from City of Sheffield Diving gets gold with a 21 point lead in the Girls B categoryCrystal Palace Diving Club kept up their medal momentum from yesterday’s sessions, with Isobel Ruff getting silver with a 280.90 and Olivia Jones with a bronze from her 276.65.
In the next category, the Boys E2/D (8-11) 3m Springboard, Tyler Humphreys of Crystal Palace smashed his way to gold with a whopping 216.05. Corey Goodinson from City of Sheffield Diving Club got silver with his 184.60 and Dominic Jaunzens was not far behind for Cambridge Dive Team with a score of 177.20.
The Girls B (14-16) 1m Springboard category also had a runaway leader. Molly Bulmer from City of Sheffield Diving took a 21 point lead over second place, securing a gold medal with her score of 271.95.
Despite this, both Lexie Howard of Crystal Palace and Rebecca Kirby of Southend Diving put in strong performances, with a mere two point gap between them. Howard clinched silver with 250.40 and Kirby received the bronze medal for her score of 248.10.
The afternoon session on day two really gave Crystal Palace Diving Club a chance to shine. In the Girls C (12-13) Platform category, their divers took all three podium places, plus the runner up position of fourth.
Crystal Palace dominated in the Girls C Platform category, their divers taking bronze, silver and gold medals.Florence Smith was awarded the gold medal for her score of 204.70. Louise Bradley almost matched this with her 203.10 which secured her the silver medal and Ciara McGing got the bronze with 191.40. Incidentally Bradley and McGing also achieved gold on day one for their synchronised diving.
Crystal Palace almost dominated the podium for a second time in the Girls E2/D 1m Springboard, with Evie Smith securing second with a score of 158.00 and Callie Eaglestone close behind, awarded third for her score of 156.05.
First place for this category however, was achieved by Katherine Kerr of Luton Diving Club with a narrow lead of 0.80 points over Smith, with her score of 158.80.
The final two categories to take place on day two had plenty of strong contenders, and despite the heat inside Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, the crowd were still full of gusto.
In the Boys C Platform category, Dacorum Diving Club took the top spot. Matthew Riley’s inward 2½ somersault piked from the 7.5m platform scored him a 59.40, pushing his overall score to 208.20.
For all the results from day two click hereAidan Heslop from Plymouth Diving came second on the podium with an overall score of 196.10 and Harrison Case from City of Sheffield Diving came third with his 186.40.
In the Boys A 1m Springboard it was Plymouth’s Alex Kostov who achieved the gold for his category, scoring 305.45. Ben Carman from Beaumont Diving Academy wasn’t far behind with his 301.15.
Aston Queely from City of Leeds Diving Club got the bronze medal position with a score of 275.20.