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Crystal Palace wins Team of the Year for seventh year in a row

13 July 2014

The final day of the British Gas ASA National Age Groups Diving Championships saw some more incredible performances with Crystal Palace Girls stealing the limelight yet again.

Morning Session

The morning diving sessions started with the Boys E2/D 1m and Girls C 3m Springboard categories; once again the girls category had a large number of competitors, but they maintained their composure showing off dives with a high level of difficulty which were well executed.

The boys category was a tight competition for first place between Angus Kerr of Southampton Diving Academy and Tyler Humphreys of Crystal Palace Diving Club. After five dives, Kerr took the top spot with a score of 184.80, and Humphreys narrowly missed out on his third gold medal of the competition, coming second with his score of 182.80.

In third place was Ben Armitage of Plymouth Diving, getting his first medal of the competition with a respectable 171.20, six points ahead of fourth place.

The Girls C 3m was dominated once again by Crystal Palace, three podium finishes for a fourth timeThe Girls C 3m was dominated once again by Crystal Palace, their divers getting all three podium finished for a third time in these championship finals. Florence Smith was awarded her third gold medal for the competition for her 249.50. Louise Bradley, also getting her third solo medal of the competition, received silver for her 244.80.

The bronze medal went to Annabel Triggs, who scored 235.85 thanks to her final dive, an inward 2½ somersault tucked, which received an impressive 51.30 points.

The next categories to dive in the morning sessions saw yet more familiar faces ending up on the podium. In the Boys A 3m Springboard, Alex Kostov of Plymouth Diving got his second solo gold medal of the competition with a top score of 342.30.

Adam Abbott of Waltham Forest Diving Club received a first medal for his club, getting silver with a score of 324.00. The bronze medal was awarded to Oscar Lippiatt of West Wiltshire Diving Club, who scored 306.35 for his dives, making it two medals for him in the championships.

Competing at the same time, the Boys B 1m Springboard had many strong contenders. In the end it was Reece Davies of Plymouth Diving who walked away with first place. He scored 256.05 which put him 13 points ahead of Lewis Irons from Beaumont Diving Academy who came in second place with his score of 243.10. Chris Murray of Star Diving Club had a slightly shaky start, but still picked up the third place position with 233.75.

Afternoon Session

The morning session was quite an act to follow, but the Girls E2/D Platform category managed to do just that. Despite being young divers, they executed some difficult dives with class. Katherine Kerr of Luton Diving Club showed her skill and composure, finishing first with a 12.5 point lead over second place.

"These girls train up to 6 times a week, 3 hours a day.” - Ashley Frankman, Crystal Palace CoachSecond place was taken by Richelle Houlden of City of Sheffield Diving Club, who had been a strong contender throughout the competition. This was her second silver medal of the competition, scoring 127.40. Bethan Lambert from City of Leeds Diving Club was close behind, achieving third place with a score of 125.60. Anna Power, a guest diver from Shamrock Diving Club in Dublin, also put in a great performace, scoring 127.65.

The Girls A 3m Springboard had a runaway leader from Star Diving Club in Guilford. Lucy Maurer took the gold medal position with a great score of 315.65.

Second and third place was closely contested by Amy Watts of Albatross Diving Club in Reading and Olivia Jones from Crystal Palace. Watts clinched the silver medal after her 300.25 put her ahead by less than 3 points. Jones had a relatively consistent run which scored her 297.15.

As if these championships couldn’t get any more exciting, Crystal Palace showed how their Chinese diving coach, Chen Wen, really had bought his Olympic coaching experience to the table. In the Girls B Platform category they took control once again, three of their divers finishing in podium positions for the fourth time in the competition.

Crystal Palace coach, Ashley Frankman commented:

For full results listing, click here.“I’ve stood by them throughout the competition, all the way, almost drilled into them the importance of their stretches; looking at how they’ve performed and seeing how they can improve. We keep reminding them what they have to do and help them keep their composure.”

“They have an intense training regime. These girls train up to 6 times a week, 3 hours a day.”

Lexie Howard scored an impressive 237.25 giving her the gold medal. Tia Monk was awarded the silver medal with her score of 227.00 and Francesca Doran got her first medal of the competition for her 217.10. Crystal Palace also received the Club of the Year award for the 7th year running, showing how their intense training regime and expert coaching still gives them an edge.

In the Boys C 1m category, Matthew Riley of Dacorum Diving Club was awarded yet another medal, receiving gold for a 220.45. Harrison Case from City of Sheffield snatched a second medal, getting silver by a clear 6 points with 211.50. Bronze was awarded to Pele Julien from Crystal Palace; his second medal of the competition, after scoring 206.50.  

You can find the full results listing for the entire event here.

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