Todd delights home crowd during thrilling final session at British Elite JuniorsApril 16, 2022
Southend’s Todd Geggus landed a British Elite Junior Diving Championships at his home pool with a series of impressive dives.
The Swim England Team Z graduate delighted the crowd at the Southend Swimming and Diving Centre as he topped the podium in the Boys’ Group B 3m with a score of 440.80 points.
Geggus achieved the dive of the event to lead the rankings after three rounds.
He was awarded 71.40 points from the judges for his reverse two and a half somersaults in tuck – and then followed it up with the highest total in round four to secure the gold medal.
Geggus was 15.70 ahead of Luton Diving Club’s Jordan Fisher-Eames, who took silver on 425.10, while City of Sheffield Diving Club’s Oscar Willcox was third with a score of 416.00.
The Southend diver said: “It felt great to win the gold in my home pool with all my family and team mates.”
Maisie leaves it late
Maisie Bond snatched victory in the Girls’ Group B Platform final with her last dive of the event.
City of Sheffield Diving Club’s Bond was second going into her third round but scored 51.60 for her armstand back two somersaults for a gold-medal winning total of 302.90.
City of Leeds Diving Club’s Jaeda Sharman was 2.05 points behind as she had to settle for the silver medal with a score of 300.85.
The bronze medal went to Dive London Aquatics Club’s Corin Burrows Mackley on 291.35 points.
Coral Springs Diving’s Juliet Radich won a commemorative gold medal after scoring 317.05.
Robbie Lee produced one of the dives of the championships on his way to the gold in a thrilling Boys’ Group A Platform final.
Southampton Diving Academy’s Lee scored 553.25 points to win by an impressive 32.95 points from Plymouth Diving’s Euan McCabe.
He was in control from start to finish and cemented his place at the top of the rankings with his third dive of the event.
His inward three-and-a-half somersaults in tuck earned a 10 from one of the judges and a total of 88.00 points – and he followed that up with another score of 81.60 for his reverse three-and-a-half somersaults.
McCabe scored 83.30 with his final dive of the event as he took he silver medal with a score of 520.30.
Crystal Palace Diving Club’s Romano Wang was third on 433.00 points.
Amy bags second gold
Amy Rollinson was crowned double Girls’ Group A champion as she added the 3m title to her 1m gold.
The Luton diver scored 445.45 with a series of consistent dives to take the top spot by 25.10 points from silver medallist Evie Smith.
Rollinson had three dives which scored more than 60 points as she pulled clear from the rest of the field and never looked like relinquishing top spot.
Crystal Palace Diving Club’s Smith was the silver medallist with a total of 420.35, while Southampton Diving Academy’s Maya Kutty took third spot on 401.75
Hat-trick for Juliette
Juliette John secured her third British Elite Junior Diving Championships title with victory in the Girls’ Group C 3m final.
She edged out her Crystal Palace Diving Club team-mate Lexie Clarke for the gold medal for the second time in the competition.
John had triumphed in the 1m event and was the only diver to score more than 300 points as she topped the podium yet again.
She scored 316.35 with her best dive – a forward two-and-a-half somersaults in pike – earning her 50.40 points.
Clarke racked up 297.40 to claim silver – 3.35 points clear of Luton Diving Club’s Skye Fisher-Eames who was third on 294.05.
Sebastian at the double
Sebastian Willcox won his second gold medal of the four-day championships in a category dominated by City of Sheffield Diving Club following a clutch final dive.
The Boys Group C event saw Sheffield divers win eight of the nine national meals up for grabs in the 1m, 3m and platform.
Willcox took gold in the 3m event and bronze in the platform final and he added the 1m crown to his collection in Southend.
He scored a total of 308.45 to finish above his City of Sheffield team-mate Robbie Wood.
Willcox saved his best until last as his final dive – an inward one-and-a-half somersaults – earned him 52.80 points.
That saw him overtake Wood who had to settle for silver with a total of 299.65.
Team France’s Baptiste Allamanno won a commemorative bronze with a score of 295.10, while City of Sheffield’s Simeon Greig took the national third place on 270.95.