Jefford completes golden hat-trick on day fourJuly 9, 2017
Crystal Palace diver Jack Jefford added a third gold medal to his tally on the final day of the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships 2017.
Jefford had been jostling with City of Sheffield’s Declan Rogan throughout the event. His forward two and a half somersaults tucked gave him the extra points needed to clinch the title. The Crystal Palace diver ultimately finished with a score of 236.70.
Jefford commented: “It feels great to get a third gold. I just want to thank my coach Xinde Zhang for all the help he has given me at the competition and everyone who has supported me.”
Rogan was just four points behind, claiming silver with 232.40. Bronze was awarded to Southampton Diving Academy’s Nathan Bull for his score of 220.70.
Rollinson adds gold to Luton’s tally
Amy Rollinson just edged into first place in the Girls’ C 3m after a hard fought competition.
Gold medallist in the Girls C 1m, Desharne Bent-Ashmeil, had been leading from the midway point of the competition. Rollinson managed to squeeze a few extra points in the closing round and took the title with a score of 232.55.
Bent-Ashmeil of Crystal Palace held on to second place by a whisker, claiming silver with 231.45. Third place went to Sofia Ostacchini who scored 231.30.
West secures gold in the Girls A 3m
Charlotte West of Albatross Diving Club secured her first gold of the competition in the Girls A 3m Springboard.
Her back one and a half somersaults with one and a half twists was the most impressive dive of the event. She was awarded 45.60 points. She finished with a score of 303.90 to take the title.
West commented: “It feels absolutely amazing, I’m speechless really. I didn’t expect to medal coming into the competition so it’s a complete shock.
“The atmosphere here is great. We have a large team this year and everyone has been really supporting each other and cheering each other on. It’s been so good.”
Connie Deighton, who took gold in the Girls’ A 1m on day two, added a silver to her tally. The Crystal Palace diver finished with a score of 287.15. Bronze went to Saffron Butler of City of Leeds Diving Club with 283.85.
Johnson takes first gold in Boys’ B 1m
Elliott Johnson of City of Sheffield Diving added a fourth gold medal to his clubs’ tally. Although he had a shaky dive in round three, he made up for it in his higher tariff dives. He finished with a total score of 248.25 in the Boys’ B 1m Springboard event.
Second place went to Plymouth Diving’s Joshua Hughes with 239.55 and Alexander Walton of Southampton came third with 236.55.
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