Noah nails final dive to secure National Age Group title in SheffieldJune 23, 2023
Plymouth Diving Club’s Noah Underwood produced a stunning final dive to clinch the gold medal during session five of the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships.
The youngster was in second place following round six of the Boys Group B 3m, but a score of 64.40 for his Back 2 ½ Somersaults with tuck saw him move into the top spot.
It was the highest score for a single dive during the event and the only one to be awarded a nine from the judges.
Underwood’s overall total was 278.00, with Lucas Moseley of City of Leeds taking the silver medal with his score of 266.95.
Luton Diving Club’s Finn McFarlane (251.15) also scored highest on his final dive, which was enough to secure a bronze medal. A commemorative bronze was awarded to Aberdeen’s Ben Morrice (266.75).
Close finish in Girls Group B Platform
City of Sheffield Diving Club continued to dominate the girls’ events during day two of the competition.
The club took home gold in all three girls’ events on day one and wasted no time in making home advantage count again on the morning of day two.
In the day’s first event, Dimarni Washington-Scott beat Dive London Aquatics Club’s Isabelle Parkinson by the finest of margins to win the Girls Group B Platform.
Washington-Scott started and finished strong to post an overall score of 207.40. Her closest rival, Parkinson, finished just 0.05 points behind her to take home silver.
A couple of points behind Parkinson was bronze medallist Lexi Davies of Plymouth with 205.10.
Edinburgh Diving Club’s Oksana Yevets was first overall, winning a commemorative gold medal with 220.05 points.
Pearce powers to gold
Moments later, Sophie Mae Hancox came second in the Girls Group A 1m to secure yet more silverware for the Steel City.
Hancox finished on 250.45 – one point ahead of bronze medal winner Eva O’Reilly of Star Diving Club Guildford.
But it was Ellie Pearce from Plymouth Diving Club who steamed ahead to claim gold.
She put on a consistent performance throughout to rack up a mighty total of 272.25 and finish more than 20 points clear at the top of the leaderboard.
Bishop builds on from opening day
After City of Leeds diver Lucas Bishop stepped onto the podium to collect silver on the opening day – he went one better on day two.
Bishop was in the lead throughout and came out on top in the Boys Group D 1m event to take his first gold of the competition.
Alex Christian was next on the podium with a score of 140.95 and the bronze medal-winning score of 135.95 was courtesy of Southampton’s Rami Cooper.
In the Girls Group D 1m, Willow Kesteven-Mcgrath added to her gold medal collection at this competition as she added another national title to her Group D 3m and Group C/D 1m Synchro successes.
City of Leeds were on the podium yet again through Tallulah Taylor’s silver medal and following her was Dive London’s Alice Morskyj in third.
Pictures: Will Johnston Photography