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Summers returns in golden form for 2017

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Florence Summers, who won gold in the Girls D 3m in 2016, secured a national title in the Girls C Platform event.

The Crystal Palace diver was almost 20 points clear of her nearest rival, scoring 242.45 to top the podium. Her most impressive dive was the forward one and a half somersaults with one twist in the free position. She received a couple of eights from the judges, scoring 48.30 for the dive.

Summers commented on her performance: “I feel very happy, I didn’t think I would get a gold medal. My seven meter with a twist was probably my best dive because I scored some eights, which was a surprise because I only learned it a few weeks ago.”

Silver went to Amy Rollinson of Luton Diving after she scored 224.10, and bronze went to Maya Kutty of Southampton Diving Academy. Kutty scored 215.35 to add a second medal to her tally after gold in the Girls’ C/D 1m Synchro yesterday.

Bond takes first gold for Sheffield

Maisie Bond secured Sheffield’s first gold medal of the competition in front of a home crowd at the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships 2017.

The young diver was 13 points ahead of the rest of the field in the Girls’ D 1m event. Bond saved her best dive until last, executing a forward two somersaults tucked beautifully. She was awarded 46.20 by the judges, taking her total score to 200.55.

Freya Kelly of Star Diving Club was next on the podium, scoring 187.50 to claim silver. Hannah Newbrook of Dive London Aquatics Centre finished off the top three, securing bronze with 169.85.

Cook strikes gold for Albatross

Finlay Cook claimed the first gold medal for Albatross Diving in the competition. He dominated the Boys’ A 1m Springboard event, leaving his rivals trailing. He took the title with 292.35, 24 points ahead of the field.

Cook commented on his performance: “It feels great to get a gold medal, I was quite nervous coming into the competition and I didn’t expect to medal.

“I did age groups two years ago but missed it last year. I think being in a slightly older age group has made it easier. Everyone is very chilled about the diving, it’s a lot more relaxed.

“I’ve got platform coming up tomorrow, but my favourite events are springboard so I’m not sure how it’s going to go.”

Southampton’s William Osbourne took silver with 278.80 and Plymouth’s Connor West took bronze with 274.05.

Jefford secures third gold for Crystal Palace

Jack Jefford of Crystal Palace Diving put in a solid performance to take the club’s third gold medal of the Championships. He scored 221.50 to secure himself a title. Jefford’s inward two and a half somersaults tucked scored him an impressive 66.65 and catapulted him into a significant lead.

Quinn Shaw took a silver medal for Albatross Diving Club with 233.95. City of Sheffield’s Declan Rogan followed up with 218.00 for a bronze medal.

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

Please note all images from day two will be available tomorrow via Still Sport.

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