Plymouth and Crystal Palace battle for top spot on Day one
10 July 2014
Today saw the first age groups compete in the British Gas ASA National Age Groups Diving Championships 2014 at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.
The afternoon kicked off with the girls, age groups C (12-13), D (10-11) and E (8-9) in the 1m Springboard synchronised diving category. The youngsters showed some real promise, good technical dives done with solid synchronisation.
While each pair put everything into their dives and held their cool throughout, there were some standout competitors whose great technique and synchronisation was reflected in their scores.
Getting gold were Ciara McGing and Louise Bradley from Crystal Palace Diving Club with a score of 163.02. On their heels were Millie Fairhurst Marshall and Jessica Vega from City of Sheffield Diving Club with 162.84, landing them the silver medal.
Evangeline Piper and Cody Powell Tuckett from Plymouth Diving were not far behind, achieving a bronze for their 160.56.
Crystal Palace Diving Club and Plymouth Diving pairs have four medals each after day one.The Boys 1m Springboard synchronised diving in the same age groups followed the girls opening event, with much to prove...and prove they did. Despite also being young and relatively inexperienced divers, they too held their composure.
Once again Crystal Palace Diving Club got a podium finish thanks to Tyler Humphries who teamed up with Angus Kerr from Southampton Diving Academy to get gold with a score of 161.04.
Connor West and Aidan Heslop from Plymouth got silver with 160.26 and the Bronze went to Conrad Lewandowski and Harrison Case from City of Sheffield Diving Club for their 154.08.
Next up was the Boys 3m Springboard synchronised diving, in the A (17-18) and B (14-16) age group categories. The diving in this category was a little more technical as you would expect from older divers, with good synchronisation between pairs.
For full results from the day click hereStorming ahead in first and second were the pairs from Plymouth Diving. Owen Weymouth and Alex Kostov put in a resounding performance achieving a score of 232.14, followed closely by Reece Davies and Harry Mason with 225.30.
Runners up in third place were Lewis Irons and Ben Carman from Beaumont Diving Academy, with a respectable 209.88.
The Girls 3m Springboard synchronised diving pairs in the same age group showed just as much technical flair as the boys, giving strong performances all round. Perhaps most notable were Marisa Conner and Tia Monk from Crystal Palace Diving Club who scored an impressive 227.24 which got them a first place on the podium.
Jade Semper and Rhian Humpage from City of Sheffield Diving Club followed in second place with a strong 211.95 and Francesca Doran and Lexie Howard, also from Crystal Palace Diving Club, were runners up in third with 206.52.