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Divers flourish on final day

2nd July 2012

The fourth and final day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Diving Championships saw a host of divers claim the remaining 24 medals that were up for grabs.

The first title to fall was in the Boys Group D 1m Springboard where Brandon Foster sealed his second gold of the meet. Remarkably, his score of 148.05 matched his previous personal best and in doing so fended off Plymouth Diver’s Noah Gargett and Aidan Heslop for the win.

No doubt inspired by her own tally of gold medals, Sarah Leach claimed the next victory of the day in the Girls Group C 3m Springboard.

Leach dominated the event at the NER Open and Age Group Championships earlier this year and continued her fine form beating fellow City of Sheffield teammate Tia McGarry to the gold. Guest entrant Amber Foster (Edinburgh Diving Club) finished third on 200.90 points, while Crystal Palace’s Lexie Howard took bronze with 193.45.

The next event of the morning saw Hayden Liggins and Kyle Kothari battle it out in their third duel of the competition.

Kothari, who has become accustomed to the gold, had to settle for silver in the Boys Group B 1m Springboard being overcome by City of Sheffield diver Liggins. The event was tightly contested and just seven points separated the podium positions, Ben Carman of Beaumont Diving Club came through to clinch the bronze.

The oldest of the boys age groups competed next in the 3m Springboard where Chris Nicholls helped City of Leeds Diving Club to their third medal of the meet.

With a lifetime best score of 334.70, Nicholls led the field with divers Jack Morgan (Crystal Palace Diving Club) and Alister McCrae (Southend Diving) following closely in his wake to secure second and third place.

The opening event of the afternoon was the Girls Group A 3m Springboard in which two-time gold medallist Jing Leung took to the diving board for her third event of the meet.

The fairytale hat-trick, however, was not to be as the young talent was pipped by Star Diving’s Hannah Allchurch with a score of 298.00. The bronze medal went to Summer-Jasmine Sweeney of Beaumont Diving Academy.

City of Shefflied confirmed their fifth gold of the competition in the Girls Group D Platform with talented newcomer Scarlett Miskin coming to the fore.

Miskin, just 11 years of age, displayed confidence despite facing a strong field of 16 other divers and came through to win the event with a point score of 129.95. Emily Bearpark (Darlington Diving Club) and Emily Martin (Southampton Diving Academy) fought it out for second place with Bearpark holding strong until the end to receive the silver by less than one point.

The final two events of the day were the Boys Group C 1m Springboard and the Girls Group B Platform.

Ollie Piper of Plymouth Diving completed his clean sweep of the gold medals in his age group, diving to a winning score of 215.35 which is just shy of the personal best. Luton Kingfisher’s diver Henry Biggs was awarded the silver with a score of 208.25 and Scott Palmer (Southampton Diving Academy) took bronze with 176.30 points.

Rosie Cardoe finished her meet in style winning her second gold in 24 hours with a lifetime best point score of 245.40.

The Crystal palace diver, who won gold in the 1m Springboard, came out on top once again beating City of Sheffield’s Mille Fowler and teammate Natasha MacManus who clinched the two remaining podium spots in second and third place respectively.

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