Penultimate day sees Crystal Palace shine
30th June 2012
Crystal Palace Diving Club continue their medal winning streak with more golds on day three of the British Gas National Age Group Championships.
Teenage diver Rosie Cardoe added to her club’s impressive medal tally winning gold in the Girls Group B 1m Springboard this morning at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
The London-based youngster, who came 7th in last year’s competition, capitalised on her success in yesterdays 3m Springboard where she earned second place and went one better in the 1m with an accumulative score of 255.10 across the seven rounds.
Crystal Palace Diving coach, Chris Snode, highlighted the importance of consistency in a competition of this level.
“Rosie performed very well today, she looked great on her first four dives and held it together for all seven rounds,” Snode said “There were some other very good divers in the field today but a few missed their dives and their scores suffered”.
Crystal Palace Diving Club is currently sitting in prime position to receive the coveted Dawdon Shield, which recognises the top performing club across the four day meet.
“I am really pleased with our results so far,” said Snode. “Crystal Palace has won the Dawdon Shield for the last three years and the way the divers have performed over the last three days has given us a good chance of doing it again.”
The battle for the second and third place came between City of Sheffield’s Millie Fowler and another of the Crystal Palace contingent, Natasha MacManus. Despite a missed dive in the final round, Fowler came through to win the silver medal with a total score of 235.90 and MacManus claimed bronze with 226.75 points.
The opening boy’s event of the day saw Plymouth Diving’s Ollie Piper claim his second gold of the competition in the 3m Springboard.
Piper, who came third in the event in last year, bettered his personal best of 216.75 to secure the win over teammate Harrison Rafton who finished in silver medal winning position. Noah Williams of Crystal Palace Diving Club produced a solid performance to claim the bronze.
In the Boys Group D Platform, Brandon Foster (Southampton Diving Academy) held off Owen Harrison (Cambridge Dive Team) in the closest contest yet with just 0.55 points separating the gold and silver medals.
Foster clinched the victory with a strong final round dive and in process gained six places on his result in the event last year. Dylan Lakeman-Brown secured the remaining podium place finishing third with a score of 122.85.
Kyle Kothari clearly had the taste for gold after last night’s win on the platforms and showed his competitors the way in the Boys Group B 3m.
With a personal best performance of nearly 60 points, Kothari dominated the event scoring an inspiring 303.95. Hayden Liggins (City of Sheffield Diving Club) was awarded silver with 259.80 points and Thomas Graham took bronze with 245.45 points.
It was the turn of the girls next in the 1m springboard in which Sarah Leach lead the way with a run of impressive dives scoring her a total of 216.00. This result secured the City of Sheffield diver her third gold of the meet so far.
Francesca Doran (Crystal Palace Diving Club) and Amy Pritchard (Southampton Diving Academy) both put in solid performances to settle the silver and bronze medals respectively both recording new personal best scores in the process.
The younger girls (Group D) then took to the springboard in the Girls 3m. Crystal Palace duo Scarlett Mew-Jenson and Maria Papworth shone once again securing first and second place both claiming their third medals of the competition.
The final session of the day witnessed alternating events between the Girls Group A Platform and Boys Group A Platform.
Jing Leung yet again rose to the top in the girl’s event with an impressive score of 300.55, her previous personal best score of 262.10 would have sufficed to win the gold but the Crystal Palace champion did not let up.
The remaining podium spots were taken up by Hannah Allchurch of Star Diving and Kirsty Beighton of Harrogate and District Diving Club receiving the silver and bronze medals. Their scores were 250.35 and 218.25 respectively.
City of Leeds won their first gold medal of the competition in the last boy’s event of the day. Chris Nicholls came through to clinch first place ahead of Plymouth Diving’s Drew Cunningham with a total score of 275.30.
Bronze was secured by City of Bradford diver Kamran Hamard with a lifetime best performance of 257.55, a score which surpasses his previous PB by nearly 40 clear points.