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Humpage completes set with 3m Springboard gold

City of Sheffield’s Rhian Humpage won Group A 3m Springboard gold on the opening day of the 2015 ASA National Age Group Diving Championships to capture the one individual title which evaded her last year.

Competing at her home pool, the 16-year old scored consistently throughout to claim top spot on 307.35, improving on her fifth place finish from 12 months ago.

“It was a really good competition but I wasn’t expecting to win,” said Humpage. “I have been training really hard and I just hoped for the best.

“I was happy with my back and reverse 2 ½. They’re quite unpredictable dives and reverse is a new dive, but they both went really well.

“You can’t really put your event on what you’ve done in the past because diving is so unpredictable. But I’m happy with today.”

Crystal Palace pair Isobel Ruff and Lexie Howard joined her on the podium scoring 301.05 and 299.45 respectively. Ruff was stepping up from her fourth place last year while Howard returned to the national podium, having won silver in the Group B age group last year.

Howard’s score was all the more impressive given her fifth of eight dives was a failed dive. The 15-year old was the only athlete to score more than 50 for a dive, doing it on her sixth and seventh efforts.

Bunsell and Fishleigh seal synchro title

Ruff and Howard were back on the podium for the Group A/B 3m Synchro, collecting silver on 205.47 behind Plymouth’s Jenny Bunsell and Aimee Fishleigh who scored 206.64.

City of Bradford Esprit claimed their first medal of the competition as Gina Webb and Domi Hinchliffe took bronze on 197.67.

The Girls Group C/D/E2 1m Synchro competition had a nail-biting finish. Crystal Palace’s Evie Smith and Callie Eaglestone narrowly prevailed on 154.80 ahead of Plymouth’s Orla Lynch and Summer Radcliffe (151.02) and City of Leeds’ Gabrielle Callens and Leah Fletcher (150.96).

Finally, the British Elite Girls Group C 3m Synchro title went to the combination of Bradford Esprit’s Holly Waxman and Crystal Palace’s Louise Bradley who scored 233.43.

Crystal Palace duo Lucy Sefton and Amelia Connolly took silver on 215.40 while City of Sheffield’s Martha Clarke and Richelle Houlden won bronze on 200.82.

  • Click here to view full results from the ASA National Age Group Diving Championships 2015.