Albatross divers soar to gold medal at NAG ChampsJune 28, 2018
Albatross Diving Club Reading divers Ethan Jones and Quin Shaw soared above the competition on the opening day of the National Age Group Championships to strike gold in the Boys’ Group A/B 3m Synchro.
They took the title by more than 30 points from their nearest rivals as 12 medals were won at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.
Jones and Shaw’s final dive, a back 1 1/2 somersaults with 2 1/2 twists, left them with a score of 220.83. City of Sheffield divers Elliott Dillon and Finlay Evans Morris were second on 189.48.
They were almost seven points ahead of bronze medallists James Pollard and Nat Connolly, from Luton Diving Club, who scored 182.73
Gold for Harold and Powley
In the Girls’ Group A/B 3m Synchro, Breanna Harold and Elizabeth Powley came out on top in a closely-contested final.
Only 5.46 points separated the top three divers, with City of Leeds’ Harold and Powley taking the gold medal with a score of 206.55.
Millie-Rose Hartley and Amelia Scott, from City of Sheffield Diving Club, were second on 202.47, with Plymouth Diving’s Frances Burdett and Maria Marasescu third on 201.09.
Close final for Hill and Bush
It was an even tighter final in the Boys’ Group C/D 1m Synchro final as Luton Diving Club’s Max Hill and Joshua Bush claimed the gold medal.
Their score of 160.80 was just over three points ahead of Southampton Diving Academy’s Oliver Covell and Bevan Woolley, who finished with a score of 157.68.
That was only 0.33 points ahead of City of Sheffield’s Oscar Wilcox and Theo Wellington, who had to settle for the bronze medal after finishing on 157.35.
Martin and Hall finish on top
Katie Martin and Olivia Hall saved their best until last as they won gold for Plymouth Diving in the Girls’ Group C/D 1m Synchro event.
They finished with a score of 165.99 points with their final dive, an inward one-and-a-half somersault in tuck position, scoring them 48.18 points.
Crystal Palace’s Delfina Thomas and Olivia Alderton took the silver medal with a score of 158.04 – only 0.06 points ahead Libby Eliza Mitson and Dulcie Wilson, from City of Leeds Diving Club and Southampton Divers Academy respectively, who finished on 157.98.
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