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Goundry stars on second day of competition

Harrogate and District Diving Club’s Adam Goundry reigns supreme on day two of the British Gas National Age Group Championships in the Boys 1m Springboard.

Goundry followed on from last night’s success in the Boys 14-18yr 3m Synchro and added to his medal count on day two with his gold medal.

The 16 year- old, who recently completed his GSCEs, overcame tough competition to assure his podium-topping position.

“I had a few shaky dives, but on the whole I am pretty pleased with my performance today,” Goundry said.

The teenager, who beat Plymouth Diving’s Drew Cunningham and Crystal Palace diver Jack Morgan to win gold, remained modest despite his success.

“I just want to keep improving every time I dive and see where it can take me,” said Goundry.

In the Boys Group B Platform event, Crystal Palace Diving’s Kyle Kothari dominated to retain his title and claim the gold.

With an impressive overall score of 261.45, Kothari beat City of Sheffield’s Hayden Liggins who stood 30 points adrift in silver medal position. Bronze went to City of Bradford Espirit diver Elliot Holdsworth scoring a total of 204.75.

Crystal Palace Diving Club claimed their second victory of the day in the form of Jing Leung in the Girls Group A 1m Springboard event. The pint-sized champion, who celebrates her 16th birthday next month, beat the 17-strong field some of whom are over two years her senior.

Leung’s winning performance saw her set a new eight round personal best of 282.60 to beat Beaumont Diving Academy’s Phoenix Page, the gold medal winner from last night’s 1m Sychro. Megan Alikhanizadeh (City Leeds Diving Club) placed 3rd with a notable score of 269.95.

In the youngest of the diving age groups, Owen Harrison of Cambridge Dive Team emerged triumphant with a convincing display in the Boys 3m event. His score of 174.80 sits just shy of his personal best which he achieved at this year’s Armada Cup in Plymouth.

The nail-biting battle for second place was between Southampton Diving Academy teammates Brandon Foster and Dylan Lakeman-Brown. After a tightly contested five rounds, Foster got the better of his comrade by just one point to claim the silver with Lakeman-Brown taking bronze.

The Girls Group B 3m event also saw another tussle between teammates, this time in the campaign for gold. Isobel Ruff and Rosie Cardoe, both from Crystal Palace Diving Club, fought hard through each of the seven rounds both scoring a wealth of 6s and 7s across the board.

With just five points separating the gold and silver medals, Ruff clinched the title with an inspiring 23 point personal best and secured Crystal Palace Diving Clubs third gold of the day. Millie Fowler (City of Sheffield Diving Club) wasn’t far behind the London-based duo, with her score of 243.40 being enough to seal bronze.

The final session of the day saw the 8-11 yr (Group D) girls take to the stage in the 1m springboard event.

Crystal Palace diver Scarlett Mew-Jenson led the field from the start, showing experience and professionalism beyond her years scoring a total of 174.95 – a lifetime best.

Teammate and fellow bronze medallist in last night’s synchro, Maria Papworth, followed closely behind scoring high marks across all five dives. Papworth, who just missed out on the medals at last year’s event, came through to secure the silver medal with a score of 162.45.

Sarah Leach (City of Sheffield) achieved her second gold of the meet so far, claiming gold in the Girls Group C Platform. She fended off her rivals with a variety of successful dives achieving a score of 200.90.

The remaining podium spots were filled by yet another Crystal Palace double. Francesca Doran and Lexie Howard both achieved lifetime best scores to earn themselves silver and bronze medals respectively.

The duo’s success adds to Crystal Palace Diving Clubs current medal tally of eleven – four golds, four silvers and three bronzes.

To conclude day two of competition, the Group C boys took to the platforms for the last of the day’s diving. 

Topping the vast array of talent was Plymouth Diving youngster Ollie Piper who scored an incredible lifetime best of 187.55, exceeding his previous five dive personal best of 169.10 by almost 20 points.

In joint second place were Scott Palmer (Southampton Diving Academy) and Harrison Rafton (Plymouth Diving) with an equal score of 176.20.

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