English divers impress at 2015 Trofeo Niccolo Campo in RomeAugust 4, 2015
The ASA England Programmes diving team impressed to scoop 14 medals at last weekend’s 2015 Trofeo Niccolo Campo in Rome.
Star Diving’s Alfie Brown and City of Bradford Esprit diver Holly Waxman won three medals each as the English divers claimed four golds, seven silvers and three bronzes in the Italian capital.
Brown – who won 3m and Platform golds at this year’s British Elite Junior Championships – was the only diver to make the podium in all three events in the boys’ Group C age group.
The 13-year old scored 315.90 to open up his account with Platform gold while England teammate Tyler Humphreys (Southend Diving) joined him on the podium with silver on 288.05.
Brown returned to the podium to win silver in both springboard events, scoring 328.00 in the 1m and 341.75 in the 3m, finishing behind Spain’s Adrián Abadía García on both occasions.
Also competing in the Group C age group, Waxman won a medal of every colour, her gold coming on the middle day as she finished on 299.90 in the 3m Springboard with England teammate Louise Bradley (Crystal Palace) claiming bronze on 284.65.
Waxman also claimed silver in the 1m Springboard on 276.10 and bronze in the Platform, scoring 231.50 with Bradley one place higher on the podium on 250.75.
Phoebe Banks impresses in Group B Platform
City of Leeds’ Phoebe Banks put in one of the most impressive performances of the competition to win gold in the Group B Platform event.
The 14-year old, whose score in Rome would have won her bronze at this year’s European Junior Championships in Moscow, scored 318.60 to claim the title, sealing the gold with 64.80 for her last dive – an outstanding forward 3 ½ somersaults with tuck from the 10m.
Yasmin Harper was just 0.35 points away from winning a second English gold in the girls’ Group B events as she took silver in the 3m Springboard.
The City of Sheffield diver scored consistently throughout the competition but was narrowly denied in the final round as Italy’s Chiara Pellacani took the title on 306.15 with Harper second on 305.80.
Owen Harrison also lands gold
Harper’s Sheffield teammate Owen Harrison also came away from Italy with a medal, winning gold in the Group B platform.
The 14-year old scored 392.05 to take the title while English teammate Oliver Crompton (City of Leeds) bagged a couple of springboard medals in the same age group, claiming 3m silver on 385.75 and 1m bronze on 337.35.
Finally, City of Sheffield’s Richelle Houlden underlined her potential in Italy, ‘diving up’ in the Group C events. The 11-year old is still a Group D diver but held her own against older divers to finish fifth in the 1m and Platform and fourth in the 3m Springboard.