Bower and Dixon win junior golds in DresdenApril 25, 2016
Ruby Bower and Matthew Dixon won Platform gold as England’s young divers impressed at the Dresden Youth International Meet 2016.
The 15-strong British team – comprising of 14 English divers – walked away with eight medals from the meet, which features events in the Group A and Group B age groups.
City of Leeds diver Bower continued her good form this season, adding to last month’s British Elite Junior silver with gold in the Group A age group.
The 16-year old, who won Group B Platform bronze at the 2014 European Junior Championships, scored 426.85 after the final to take top spot with British teammate Shanice Lobb (Plymouth) fifth on 392.20.
Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon’s competitive results are almost a carbon copy of Bower’s having won Group B Platform bronze at the 2014 European Juniors in Bergamo and Group A Platform silver at last month’s British Junior Elites.
And he scored 525.40 to match Bower’s result in Germany with Dive London’s Noah Williams joining him on the podium with silver on 502.15.
GB junior team also working hard at the Dresden Youth International – loads of medals !!! Well done to all ?? pic.twitter.com/zmGFq9CRAa
— Andy Banks (@andybanksdive) 24 April 2016
There were three more medals in the Group A age group, with City of Sheffield pair Millie Haffety and Jordan Houlden claiming 1m Springboard silvers on 377.55 and 466.35 respectively.
Plymouth’s 17-year old Kayleigh Sinclair was the other English Group A, landing bronze in the 3m Springboard with 409.35.
In the 3m Synchro, Haffety and City of Sheffield teammate Millie Fowler finished fifth on 239.55 while Houlden and City of Leeds’s Anthony Harding were fourth in the boys’ equivalent on 280.38.
Brown and Vincent land Group B medals
Plymouth’s Alfie Brown and Plymouth’s Victoria Vincent were the pick of the English performers in the Group B events, both winning bronze medals in the 3m Springboard.
Brown, competing in the Group B age group for the first time this season, scored 411.40 for his medal while British Elite Junior champion Vincent reached the podium with 362.35.
There were also top five finishes for Cambridge’s Ben Cutmore (fourth) and Plymouth’s Aidan Heslop (fifth) with 426.65 and 394.80 respectively in the Platform final.