Nicol strikes gold for Bradford Esprit

In the Boys’ B 3m, City of Bradford Esprit saw their first diver claim a national title at this event. Joseph Nicol was 24 points clear of the field, finishing with a score of 289.60. This was his second medal at the competition. Nicol also won silver in the Boys’ B Platform event yesterday.

Nicol commented on his performance: “It feels great to win gold, I’ve been doing so much training and for it all to pay off in the end is brilliant.

“It was great to finish so far ahead. I think I executed my required dives really well and showed a lot of consistency which gave me a good lead, and then I was able to be consistent in my harder dives too.”

Ethan Jones of Albatross Diving Club took the silver medal with 265.60. Thomas Davis added another bronze to Plymouth Diving’s tally, finishing off the podium with 248.25.

Burrows adds another gold to Sheffield’s tally

Jack Burrows of City of Sheffield Diving took his club’s second title of the competition, securing gold in the Boys’ D Platform.

His fourth dive of the event was an inward one and a half somersault piked which scored 43.20. This was just enough to edge him into first place at the end of the final round. Burrows finished with a score of 170.00.

Owen Taylor of Bradford Esprit Diving was second, claiming silver with 159.05. Dive London Aquatics Centre diver, Selim Karim Rogers, took the bronze with 158.45.

Jefford dominates Boys C 3m

Jack Jefford secured his second gold medal of the competition, winning the Boys C 3m event by 46 points. The Crystal Palace diver, who won gold in the Boys C Platform event, finished the round on 275.30.

Jefford nailed his hardest dive, the backward two and a half somersault tucked, scoring 64.40.

Commenting on his performance, Jefford said: “It feels pretty good to get gold. I was hoping to medal because I want to go to junior elites next year.

“I came into the competition aiming to beat my PB, so I think that helped to keep all my dives consistent.”

Second place went to Southampton Diving Academy’s Oliver Cazaly, who won gold in the 1m Synchro event on day one. Cazaly scored 229.20 to claim his silver medal. Sheffield’s Arthur Turner-Rowe took bronze with 219.20, just ahead of his club mate and synchro partner Noah Prasanto (219.10).

Burton adds second gold to her tally

Luton Diving Club’s Katie Burton added an individual gold to her synchro gold on day one. She showed great consistency throughout each round, and wasn’t shaken by the more difficult tariff dives. Burton finished with 253.20.

Burton commented: “I am just so excited to have won gold. I managed to keep consistent throughout the event and didn’t get too anxious about any of my dives.

“When you have higher tariff dives is much easier to get high scores, and I have been practising those because they are harder and I enjoy them more.

“I’ve got platform tomorrow, which isn’t my best event, but I am still going to do my best and see what happens.”

Elora Graham of Cambridge Dive Team claimed silver with 236.80 and Anna Wilson of Star Diving Club followed up with 235.55 to claim bronze.

Click here to view full results from day one of the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships.