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Southampton rack up the medals on day two

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Southampton Diving Academy built on their success from the first session, securing two more gold medals on day two of the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships.

Brown edges onto top of podium in Boys B Platform

Reuben Brown of Southampton Diving Academy secured a third gold for his club in the championships. He was diving consistently throughout the first four rounds. In the fifth round, he pulled off a trickier forward one and a half somersaults piked from the 7.5m Platform, which scored him 48. His final score was 229.85.

Brown said: “I am really proud to win gold, all of my hard work has paid off. This is another gold for my club, a good addition.

“I think the club has a real sense of community. We work together really well and support each other in training and I think that gives us an edge in this competition.”

Joseph Nicol received a silver medal for his score of 229.70. The Bradford Esprit diver had chosen to go for an extra high tariff dive, but he wasn’t consistent and lost a few marks in the final two rounds. Alexander Walton, also of Southampton, joined his club mate on the podium. He scored 222.00 for bronze.

James makes it two for Southampton

Bryn James secured Southampton’s fourth gold medal of the competition in the Boys’ D 3m Springboard event. His diving was spot on in each round, and his more difficult tariff dive in round six was the clincher. The forward one and a half somersaults tucked scored him 45.10 points and took his total to 179.45.

Second place went to Star Diving Club’s Patrick Hanlon with 176.30. The last spot on the podium went to Southend Diving’s Todd Geggus with 174.30.

Deighton takes maiden national title

Crystal Palace diver Connie Deighton took her first national title in the Girls A 1m Springboard event. She was 17 points ahead of the other English competitors, finishing with a score of 273.85.

Commenting on her performance Deighton said: “It feels absolutely amazing, a little bit unreal to be honest.

“I’ve never won a national title before, so I really wanted to win it today. I think my inward one and a half piked was my best dive, it got the best marks from the judges.”

Second place went to Charlotte West of Albatross Diving Club with 256.45. Third place went to City of Leeds diver Saffron Butler with 251.80.

First title for Southend in 3m Springboard

Sasha Brook secured her club’s first gold medal of the championships after winning the Girls B 3m Springboard. She was seven points ahead of second place, securing the title with 254.20. Brook had some difficult dives in the closing stages, which saw her consistency fall off. However she had secured an early lead thanks to some solid dives in the first four rounds.

Silver went to City of Sheffield diver, Sephora Ford (247.00) and third place to Luton Diving’s Katie Burton (244.00).

Click here to view full results from day one of the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships.