Star Diving Club Guildford
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Competition Write-ups

National Skills Finals 2022

Congratulations to our squad of eight divers who competed at the two-day National Skills Finals, hosted this year by the North East Region at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds.

The team came away with two golds and two silvers - plus three other top 10s.

Libby was our only diver competing on the first day, coming ninth on 254.85 in the E Girls (8/9 years).

Florence, whose first national skills finals this was, competed first on day two, finishing sixth on 270.40 in the D1 Girls (10 years). Sophia dived next in the D2 Girls (11 years), taking silver on 292.25. Leo competed next in the C1 Boys (12 years), winning the event on 322.00. In the B+ Girls (14/16 years), Eva took gold on 360.85, Tegan the silver on 356.80 and Rebecca was 23rd on 237.35. In the final event of the meet, Alex came eighth in the B+ Boys (14/16 years) on 287.35.

Big thanks to Carl and to Gaby, our volunteer chaperones over the weekend, for making it an enjoyable team trip for all concerned. The detailed results are available here.

Swim England National Age Groups 2022

Well done to Lyra who competed at this year's Swim England National Age Group Championships in Plymouth.

Having dived in all three individual events - 1m, 3m and platform - plus 3m synchro, she medalled in them all.

On the opening day, she paired up with Lucy Parker from Luton Diving Club for the A/B Girls 3m synchro, taking silver on 193.44.

On day two, she claimed a second silver in the B Girls 3m, finishing on 276.85. On the third day she came away with a bronze on platform (219.80). On the fourth and final day of competition she was runner-up on 1m (237.30), adding a third silver to her haulThe detailed results are available here.

Swim England South East Region Skills 2022

Congratulations to our team of 10 divers who competed at this year's South East Region Skills Competition.

This was the second opportunity for divers to try to qualify for the National Skills Finals in Leeds in July.

The last-minute venue change from K2 to Tunbridge Wells did not seem to faze any of the divers one bit as nine of them achieved their national qualification scores here.

In E Girls (8/9), Libby won the open and closed categories on 268.40 to secure herself a place for Leeds.

In D1 Girls (10), Florence came third in the open and first in the closed, ending on 283.00 to secure herself a place for Leeds too. This was a marked improvement on her performance at the East Region Skills in April.

In D2 Girls (11), Sophia finished second in the open and first in the closed on 290.05 – even with a missed shape on her back jump with tuck from poolside.
Leo dived well in C1 Boys (12), winning both the open and closed categories on 312.90. In the C2 Girls (13), Sophie managed to improve upon her East Region performance by 15 points to end here on 240.80.
In B+ Girls (14/16), Eva, Tegan, Tessa and Rebecca finished second (346.15), third (340.20), 12th (266.20) and 13th (264.95) respectively in the open. They ranked first, second, eighth and ninth respectively in the closed – all four qualifying for the nationals.
And to top off a successful second regional skills qualifier, Alex took silver in both the open and closed in B+ Boys (14/16), with a final score of 315.55.

The detailed results are available here.

South West London Diving Invitational 2022

Well done to our team of 10 divers who competed at the inaugural South West London Diving Invitational at Putney Leisure Centre.

Nine of the ten divers came away with well-earned medals, which were presented by Great Britain Olympic diver at Tokyo 2020, Scarlett Mew Jensen.

In Group 4, Lily got the team off to a super start by winning (88.50) the E Girls.

In Group 3, it was gold, silver and bronze respectively for Scarlet (88.90), Isla (86.70) and Mable (83.40) in the C Girls. Did you know that Scarlet was the only diver throughout the whole competition to be awarded a nine from one of the judges (for her forward jump piked from poolside)?

Three more golds followed in Group 2, with Florence winning the D Girls (113.45), Abigail the C Girls (119.20) and George the C Boys (101.55).

In Group 1, Lexi was runner-up in the B+ Girls (116.75) and Rebecca came seventh (103.30). In the B+ Boys, Isaac took the silver on 123.00.

The detailed results are available here.

Swim England East and South East Region Age Groups 2022

Congratulations to Caitlin and Lyra who competed at two regional age groups over consecutive weekends, achieving recommended standards ahead of this year's National Age Group Championships in Plymouth in late June/early July.

At the East Region meet in Southend, Caitlin won a 'guest' bronze on 1m (233.50), came fourth on 3m (242.15) and was fourth on platform (212.10). Her scores surpassed the Group B girls' standard by more than 50 points on both springboards and just under 50 points on platform.

Lyra, who was representing second-claim club Luton in Southend, won silver on 1m (234.90) and 3m (248.90) and came fifth on platform (189.10).

At the South East Region meet in Southampton the weekend after, Caitlin claimed silver in both the 'open' and ''closed' on 1m (220.85) and was fourth in the 'open' and runner-up in the 'closed' on platform (205.50).

Lyra, who was back in black and yellow club colours and representing Star in Southampton, won gold in the 'open' and 'closed' on 1m (235.55), came fourth in the 'open' and first in the 'closed' on 3m (244.20), and was runner-up in the 'open' and winner in the 'closed' on platform (224.30). Great diving from both of you over the two weekends .. and good luck at the nationals!

The detailed results from both regions are available here.

Swim England East Region Skills 2022

Well done to our team of nine divers who competed at this year's East Region Skills Competition in Southend.

This was the first of two opportunities for our divers to try to qualify for this year’s National Skills Finals to be held at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds in July.

With six divers achieving their qualification scores here – and three others experiencing competing at this level for the first time – we came away with three golds, a silver and two other top-six finishes.

Sophia and Florence competed first in D Girls (10/11 years), with Sophia winning the event on 291.60 and Florence coming 13th on 231.65.

In C Girls (12/13 years), the biggest event of the competition, Sophie finished 28th on 225.95. In C Boys (12/13 years), Leo was fourth on 288.00.

In B+ Girls (14/16 years), it was a one-two with Eva winning the event on 348.15 and Tegan just behind her in second on 345.70. Liberty came fifth on 313.30 and Rebecca finished 18th on 242.95.

In B+ Boys (14/16 years), Alex took a convincing win on 330.55 – almost 15 points ahead of the runner-up.

The detailed results are available here.

Spring Club Competition 2022

Thanks to everyone who took part in our spring club competition, the first internal meet we have been able to run for more than two years.
There was a good turnout across three-and-a-half hours of pool time, with a total of 73 divers competing across eight events. Medals were awarded to the top three in every event and the winners also received a trophy.
For some participants, this was their first-ever competition while for others – notably some squad divers – it was good practice ahead of regional qualifiers. Divers and parents in the first two sessions were also treated to dive shows from some of our skills, development, age group and elite junior divers.
Any idea who got the best ‘raw score’ in the competition – in other words, the highest points when all three judges’ awards were added together (before being multiplied by the degree of difficulty)?

Two divers each scored 28.50. In Intermediate, Pollyanna scored it for her back circle in the pool, and in Squad 2 (Skills) – D/C, Sophia scored it for her forward fall straight from 3m. Astrid was not far behind them, scoring 28.00 for her back circle in the pool.

Any idea who got the 'highest scoring' dive in the competition – in other words, the most points when all three judges’ awards were added together and then multiplied by the degree of difficulty?

In Squad 2 (Skills) – B+, Eva scored 49.50 for her inward one-and-a-half somersaults with tuck from 1m. Her forward double somersault with tuck on 1m - scoring 48.40 - was the second highest scoring dive.
Club competitions are one of our most important sources of fundraising, so thanks once again to those who entered and supported the meet.

The detailed results and a selection of photos are available here.

Gavin Brown Love To Dive 2022

Congratulations to our team of eleven divers who braved the aftermath of Storm Eunice, travelling to Southampton to compete at this year's Gavin Brown Love To Dive competition.

With medals up for grabs to the top six in each event, more than half of the team made their way to the podium to collect awards afterwards.

Libby and Lily were first to compete, winning gold and bronze respectively in the E Girls (8/9). Florence claimed a bronze in the D Girls (10/11). In the C Girls (12/13) – the competition’s biggest event, with 21 divers – Abigail came fourth and Sophie was 12th.

In B/A Girls (14/18), Tessa claimed silver and Lexi the bronze. In B/A Boys (14/18), Isaac P came eighth, Seth was 13th, Isaac T 14th and Edward 16th.

The detailed results are available here.

Surrey Diving Skills 2022

Well done to our team of thirteen divers who competed at this year's Surrey County ASA Diving Skills Competition at Guildford Spectrum.

All our divers put in great performances, some of whom were representing the club 'externally' for the first time.

There was friendly competition from 'guest' clubs Albatross, Amersham, Luton, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.

In the Surrey results, Libby won gold and Lily the silver in the E Girls. Competing in the same session, Florence claimed gold in the D Girls.

In the C Girls, Abigail won gold, Sophie the silver and Isla a bronze. Just missing out on a medal was Mable in fourth.

In the B+ Girls, Lexi clinched gold, Keira the silver and Rebecca a bronze. Charlotte was closely behind in fourth. Matthew won gold and Isaac a silver in the B+ Boys.

The detailed results are available here.

Luton Novice Challenge 2021

Congratulations to our team of 14 divers who competed at this year's Luton Novice Challenge at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

Leading the charge Florence claimed silver (109.30) and Libby was fifth (104.30) in the E Girls.

In the D Girls, Sophia claimed bronze (159.55) and Abigail came ninth (117.80).

Leo took the silver (159.35) in the D Boys, just a couple of points behind the winner.

Rebecca B ranked fourth (131.70) in the C Girls, while Isaac claimed silver (125.40) in the C Boys.

Eva, Lexi, Keira and Rebecca M, who competed in the B Girls, took silver (166.10), bronze (138.50), fifth (126.30) and sixth (114.60) respectively.

There were three golds towards the end of the meet, with Alex (162.95) in the B Boys, Amy (170.95) in the A Girls and Joel (138.15) in the A Boys.

The detailed results are available here.

Southampton Invitational 2021

Well done to our team of four divers who competed behind closed doors at the three-day Southampton Invitational at the Quays.

On day one, Caitlin and Lyra got underway first in the B Girls 1m prelim. Lyra finished 15th (199.00) and Caitlin was fifth (212.90).

With the top six going through to the final, Caitlin came fifth with a score of 102.30 from her three optional dives. George dived next in the C Boys 3m prelim - finishing in seventh place (173.05), narrowly missing out on the final.

On day two, George dived first in the C Boys 1m prelim, ranking sixth on 130.15. He went on to finish sixth in the final, scoring 76.30 from his three optionals. Tegan competed next in the C Girls 1m prelim, coming 15th (163.80). Then Lyra and Caitlin dived in the B Girls platform prelim. Caitlin placed 15th (199.10) and Lyra was fourth (246.55). Lyra went on to finish fourth in the final with a score of 108.55 for her three optionals.

On the final day, Caitlin and Lyra competed in the B Girls 3m prelim. Caitlin placed 10th (212.35) and Lyra was fifth (229.20). In the final, Lyra claimed the bronze with a score of 113.00 from her three optionals.

Have a look at a video montage from the meet in our Instagram. The detailed results are available here.

East Region Club Championships 2021

Congratulations to our two divers, Tegan and Mia, who competed as guests at the East Region Club Championships in Southend on October 9 – 10.

On the first day Tegan took part in the girls’ 1m event, claiming a well-deserved guest silver medal. She completed her four dives on 126.70, just 2.4 points behind the winner.
Mia, who competed on day two, came eighth in the girls’ 3m event, ending her four-round campaign with a final score of 108.30.

Also worthy of a mention here were Lily and Lyra, who represented Luton Diving Club on this occasion. In the women’s events, Lily took bronze on 3m (195.30), silver on platform (214.40) and was fifth on 1m (165.70).

Lyra came seventh on 1m (160.50) and 10th on platform (145.10).

The detailed results are available here.

Swim England Level X Diving Pool Series 2021

Swim England's Level X Diving continues apace with its pool series, enabling divers to compete and be judged on a number of skills and dives in their own pools on 1m, 3m and platform.

The series spans three months: June (phase 1), July (phase 2) and August (phase 3). At the end of each phase a diver competes in a stage in the level they have been assigned: X1, X2, X3 or X4.

Clubs are then responsible for submitting their divers' results to an online database, from which an overall rankings 'Hall of Fame' is compiled.

The 'Hall of Fame' is updated each month to feature the top cluster of divers from clubs nationwide as they compete through the stages.

You can view the 'Hall of Fame' results for each phase, stage, age category, gender and level here.

Swim England Level X Diving Dryland Games Series 2 2021

Congratulations to our team of six divers who competed in Swim England's second virtually-held Level X Diving Dryland Games.

Series 2 focused on back and reverse. Competitors performed four drills in the comfort of their home, then submitted their videos to the national governing body for a panel to judge.

The skills were a sitting tuck and sitting pike drill; crouching back/reverse dive tuck drill (201C/301C); standing back/reverse dive pike drill (201B/301B); and a rolling tuck drill.

The competition culminated with the top 10 girls and boys in age categories 8/10, 11/13, 14/17 and 18+ appearing in a Facebook livestream on Saturday 22 May.

In the girls' 8/10 years, Sophia came seventh on 88.5 and Florence 12th= with 78.

In the girls' 11/13 years, the biggest event of all with more than 70 entries, Tegan came 11th on 91.5.

In the girls' 14/17 years, Lyra finished sixth on 91.5, Caitlin joint ninth with 88.5 and Lexi 13th on 86.

Missed the stream? Watch it by clicking on the image above. The results are available here.

Swim England Level X Diving Dryland Games Series 1 2021

Well done to our team of 16 divers who competed in Swim England's first virtually-held Level X Diving Dryland Games.

Series 1 focused on forward and inward. Competitors performed five drills in the comfort of their home, then submitted their videos to the national governing body for a panel to judge.

The skills were a sitting tuck come-out drill; inward dive tuck drill (401C); rolling tuck drill; forward one-and-a-half somersaults pike drill (103B); and headstand tuck to straight, tuck to pike, pike to handstand.

The competition culminated with the top 10 girls and boys in age categories 8/10, 11/13 and 14/17 appearing in a Facebook livestream on Saturday 20 March.

In the girls' 8/10 years, Sophia was runner-up on 121 points, Jamie came 12th and Florence 13th.

In the girls' 11/13 years, the biggest event of all with more than 100 entries, Tegan came 25th, Rebecca was 28th= and Abigail 50th=.

In the boys' 11/13 years, George T was runner-up on 129.5, Leo eighth with 120.5, and George D was 32nd.

In the girls' 14/17 years, Lyra came fourth on 120.5, Caitlin joint fifth with 119.5, and Liberty 10th on 117.

Further along the rankings Lily came 24th, Keira 26th=, Lexi 39th and Tessa 42nd.

Missed the stream? Watch it by clicking on the image above. The results are available here.

Surrey Schools, 1m Age Groups and 1m Champs 2020

Five of our divers who attend county schools competed at this year's Surrey Schools Diving Championships at Guildford Spectrum. Two others, who go to schools outside of Surrey, also competed here as guests.

George won the primary boys by an impressive 20-point lead, while Mia claimed the junior girls' title by the same margin.

Finn, who competed a 3m list, won the junior boys' county title, Amy won the county intermediate girls and Johannes was the senior boys' county winner.

Alex claimed a guest silver medal in the junior boys, and Wilfred won a guest gold in the intermediate boys.

Star were the dominant county club in the Surrey County ASA 1m Age Groups, winning the Jimmy Aldous Trophy for accumulative team points.

In the C girls, Mia, Eva and Liberty came first, second and third respectively. In the C boys' county rankings, George, Finn and Felix were first, third and fourth respectively.

Amy was the B girls' county winner and Wilfred won the B boys. Johannes claimed the A boys' title.

Our two adult divers, Helen and Laura, came first and second respectively in the female group F event.

In the male 1m Championships, Johannes and Wilfred were first and second respectively in both the juniors and seniors.

In the female 1m Championships, Helen and Laura claimed gold and silver respectively in the county rankings.

The certificates and medals were presented by Surrey County ASA president Michael Holden.

The detailed results are available here.

Santa Skills 2019

Congratulations to our team of eleven divers who competed at this year's Santa Skills in Sheffield.

More than half the team here came in the top six of their prelims, making it through to the finals.

In the D Boys, George and Felix placed sixth and eighth respectively. George went on to finish sixth in the final.

In the C Girls, Liberty, Tessa and Carrie came first, second and fourth respectively in the prelim. Carrie went on to win the final, impressing with nines and a 9.5 for her forward fall from 3m. Liberty took silver and Tessa the bronze.

In the C Boys, Leo, Finn, Archie and Alex came 13th, seventh, fourth and third respectively in the prelim. In the final, Alex came sixth and Archie claimed the silver.

In the B+ Girls, Amy and Kotryna placed first and eighth respectively in the prelim. Amy came seventh in the final.

Of the twelve competing clubs, we came third equal in the team points at the end of the meet.

Big thanks to Gale and Cooky, our volunteer chaperones, for helping to make this team trip possible.

The detailed results are available here.

Peter Waterfield Novice Invitational 2019

Well done to our team of 11 divers who competed at this year's Peter Waterfield Novice Invitational at the Quays in Southampton.

This circuit-style competition has the same conditions as the National Skills Finals, although it no longer serves as a national qualifier.

Felix was first to compete, finishing sixth in the D Boys.

In the C Girls, Rebecca came 26th, Tessa was 17th, Carrie 14th and Liberty won the gold.

In the C Boys, Alex, Finn and Leo placed fifth, 11th and 14th respectively.

In the B+ Girls, Amy was runner-up, Kotryna came fifth and Scarlett ninth.

The detailed results are available here.

ESSA South East Division Trials 2019

Well done to our team of seven divers who represented their schools at this year's ESSA South East Division Trials held at Tunbridge Wells.

Six of the seven divers at this divisional qualifier placed in the top three of their events, making South East Division team selection for the English Schools National Championships at the London Aquatics Centre in December.

Tegan and Annabella competed in the primary girls, coming first and sixth respectively. Tegan won by the narrowest of margins - just half a point between her and the runner-up.

In a hotly-contested junior girls' event, the largest of the meet, Caitlin won and Lyra came third. Amy and Wilfred were runners-up in the intermediate events. Johannes dived steadily in the senior boys, finishing third and securing his place to London too.

The detailed results are available here.

Bill Johnston Grand Prix - Leg 3 2019

Congratulations to our team of 18 divers who competed as 'guests' in Amersham at the third leg of the Bill Johnston Grand Prix.

More than half the team here were competing externally for the first time. There were great performances from everyone, with almost half the team ending up on the podium.

In Group 4, Martha came sixth (7 & under), Abigail claimed the gold (8/9), Daisy came seventh (10/11) and Natalia claimed a silver (12/13).

In the boys' events, Leo and James finished runner-up and tenth respectively (8/9) while Pietro won gold (10/11).

In Group 3, Harper came fifth (8/9) and Rebecca, Amy and Lizzie placed fourth, ninth and tenth respectively (10/11). In the 12/13 category, Rebecca came fourth - missing out on bronze by just a point - Lexi was just behind her in fifth and Charlotte came ninth.

In the boys' events, Isaac won gold (10/11) and Joseph claimed a bronze (12/13).

In Group 2, it was a one-two for Alex and Joel in the 14/16 category.

The detailed results are available here.

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