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Competition Write-ups

Armada Cup 2024
Well done to our team of eight divers who travelled to the South West to compete at this year's Armada Cup competition.
Hosted by Plymouth Diving at the Plymouth Life Centre, this four-day open club meet features events for age group and elite junior divers.
The top six from the morning and lunchtime prelims went through to the finals later in the day. A few events here were run as straight finals.
On the first day, Alex got the team off to a great start by winning the Group A (16/18) open age group 3m on 294.70. In the Group B (14/15) open age group 3m, Leo was fifth in the prelim on 236.05 and took the bronze in the final on 112.80. In the Group D (9/11) female age group platform, Lily came third in the prelim on 144.00 and claimed bronze in the final on 84.20. Tegan won both the prelim and the final of the Group A female age group 1m, scoring 279.15 and 110.95 respectively.
Day two began with Alex competing in the Group A open age group 1m, claiming the silver on a score of 268.35. In the Group B open age group 1m, Leo was ninth in the prelim on 212.75. In the Group A female age group platform, Tegan came fourth in the prelim on 219.65 and went on to take the bronze in the final on 108.10. In the Group C (12/13) female age group 1m, Sophia was second in the prelim on 196.30 and finished sixth in the final on 64.20. Florence came 20th in the prelim on 148.00. In the Group B/A (14/18) open 3m synchro, Alex paired up with Max Goodwin (Dive London) and claimed the silver on 193.14. In the same event, Leo teamed up with Luke Raggett (Dive London) and came fourth on 189.12.
Day three started with Caitlin competing in the Group A female elite junior 3m event, coming 16th in the prelim on 283.90. In the Group B open age group platform, Leo was seventh in the prelim on 194.95. In the Group C female age group platform, Sophia was second in the prelim on 188.35 and won the final on 124.30. Florence ranked ninth in the prelim on 163.50. In the Group D female age group 3m, Libby was second in the prelim on 144.45 and Lily fourth on 132.40. Lily won the final on 101.60 and Libby came fourth on 83.70.
On the last day, Sophia and Florence competed first in the Group C female age group 3m. Sophia was second in the prelim on 185.10 and took the bronze in the final on 98.80. Florence came ninth in the prelim on 158.30. In the Group A female elite junior 1m, Caitlin ranked 14th in the prelim on 297.85 (which was inside the 1m entry standard). In the Group D female age group 1m, Libby was third in the prelim on 139.90 and Lily fourth on 131.25. In the final, Lily claimed the bronze on 84.60 and Libby was a whisker behind her in fourth on 84.45. Ending four busy days of competition, Sophia and Florence paired up for the Group D/C (9/13) female 1m synchro and claimed the silver on 173.46.
The detailed results are available here
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Gavin Brown Love To Dive 2024

Congratulations to our team of 16 divers who competed at this year's Gavin Brown Love To Dive competition at the Quays in Southampton.

With medals up for grabs to the top six in each event, more than half our team here made their way to the podium afterwards. Each event features six rounds: three dives from 1m and three dives from 3m.

In E Female (8/9 years), Pollyanna and Lucy got the team off to a good start by coming fourth (145.60) and sixth respectively (127.80).
In D Female (10/11 years), Elodie claimed the gold on 149.75. In D Open, Oliver won the event on 152.80 and Barnabas was fifth on 132.15.

In C Female (12/13 years), the biggest event of the competition with 29 divers, Sophie was fourth on 159.55 and Lucia sixth on 155.75. Martha came eighth on 152.45, Willa 12th on 146.80, Jamie 13th on 145.90, Emily 27th on 114.00 and Louisa – who has just moved up to novice squad – 28th on 112.55.
In B+ Female (14/16 years), Mable claimed the bronze on 170.75, Amy-Jules was fifth on 163.10 and Katarina came eighth on 143.10. James won the B+ Open event on 168.40.
The competition is named in memory of Gavin Brown, a former City of Leeds Diving Club and Southampton Diving Academy diver who died aged 22 following a hit-and-run incident in 2007.

The detailed results are available here.

Surrey Diving Skills 2024
Well done to our team of 17 divers who got the new year competition programme underway with some great performances and results at the Surrey County ASA Diving Skills Competition at Guildford Spectrum.
Some of our divers here have only just moved up to squad level and were representing the club ‘externally’ for the first time.
Lucy got the team off to a solid start in the first session by winning E Female (8/9 years) on 141.70. Also competing in session one was Elodie, who claimed the gold in D Female (10/11 years) on 148.95.
In session two, Barnabas won D Open (10/11 years) on 147.75 and Oliver Blandford-Gange took the Surrey silver on 130.90. Meanwhile Oliver Halliday won the Surrey gold in the C Open (12/13 years) on 135.40.
In C Female (12/13 years), the biggest event of the meet with 24 divers, the results were split afterwards into C1 (12 years) and C2 (13 years). In C1, Lucia claimed the Surrey gold on 135.35 and Emily took the Surrey silver on 127.60. In C2, it was one, two and three on the podium for our divers. Willa claimed gold on 146.30, Jamie the silver on 145.70 and Martha a bronze on 144.85.

In the fourth and final session, which featured Group B (14/15 years) and Group A (16/18 years), it was another one, two and three on the podium for our team. In B Female, Amy-Jules won the event on 149.80, Katarina claimed the silver on 140.25 and Mable the bronze on 138.30. Riley, who has just moved up to novice squad, was fourth on 126.45. In B Open, Eddison claimed a Surrey gold on 117.45. In Group A, Ava won the Surrey gold in the female category on 129.15 and James the gold in the open category on 138.90.

Any idea who from our team got the highest 'raw score' in the competition (three judges' scores added together, before being multiplied by the degree of difficulty)? Amy-Jules scored 25.50 for an impressive V-sit hold on poolside. Emily was right behind her, scoring 25.00 for her pike jump from poolside.

There was friendly competition from outside Surrey this year from 'guests' Amersham Swimming Club, Havering Cormorants Diving Club, Luton Diving Club, Maidstone Diving Team and Tunbridge Wells Diving Club.

The detailed results are available here.

Santa Skills 2023

Congratulations to our team of 11 divers who travelled up to Yorkshire for the annual Santa Skills competition.

Hosted by the City of Sheffield Diving Club at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, this year’s meet attracted more than 200 divers from clubs around England and Scotland.

Santa Skills is run as a circuit-style competition, with the divers performing either six, eight or nine rounds across various heights (depending on the event). The top six from the prelims in all the events go through to three-round finals later in the day.

In the Mini E Girls prelim (8/9), Lucy came 8th on 124.20. In the Mini E Boys prelim (8/9), Barnabas was first on 144.05 and then went on to win the final on 80.50.
In the E Girls prelim (8/9), Pollyanna was 10th on 201.40. In the D Girls prelim (10/11), the biggest event of the competition with 44 divers, Sophie came 11th on 218.40, Elodie was 16th on 202.30 and Lucia 31st on 189.40.
In the C Girls prelim (12/13), Martha came 24th on 200.80 and Katarina was 26th on 198.85.
In the B+ Girls prelim (14/16), Mable finished 12th on 203.20, Scarlet came fourth on 263.15 and Isla was runner-up on 270.90. In the final, Scarlet came fourth on 103.50 and Isla claimed the bronze on 106.50.
Massive thanks to our chaperones - Annika, Debbie and James - for volunteering their time and making the team trip possible for the divers. The detailed results are available here.

Winter Club Competition 2023

Thanks to everyone who took part in the winter club competition at the start of December – our main fundraising event of the year. There was a good turnout across 3½ hours of pool time, with a total of 74 divers competing across eight events. For many newcomers in our programme this was their first ever competition. The meet included an event for our adult divers. Parents and divers in the first couple of sessions were also treated to dive shows from some of our development and age group squad 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 24 points: Zara (intermediate) scored it for her push dive from poolside and Oliver (advanced) scored it for his back fall straight from 3m.

Any idea who got the 'highest scoring' dive of 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 Squads (B+), Isla scored 44 points for her inward 1½ somersaults with tuck from 1m.
Thanks once again to everyone who entered, came along and took part in one of the events. Big thanks also to those who bought club water bottles and other goodies from the fundraising table during the afternoon. 
The detailed results and a selection of photos are available here.

Peter Waterfield Novice Invitational 2023

Well done to our team of six divers who competed at the Peter Waterfield Novice Invitational at the Quays in Southampton.
The day-long meet attracted nine clubs this year, with medals awarded to the top six girls and boys in each event.
Two-thirds of our team finished in the top 10 of their events, with half of the divers collecting medals afterwards.
In E Girls (8/9 years), Pollyanna came fifth on a score of 258.80. In D Girls (10/11 years), Sophie scored 250.70 and came 12th. In C Girls (12/13 years), Katarina was 17th on 236.90 and Abigail came fourth on 267.55 – only 0.25 of a point behind third place. In the B+ Girls (16/16 years), Isla came ninth on 252.45 and Scarlet finished fourth on 290.65. The detailed results are available here.

Swim England Talent Games 2023
Congratulations to our three divers – Libby, Florence and Lily – who competed at this year's Swim England Talent Games.
The competition, held at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds, involved the divers competing across a variety of dry-land and pool-based activities over two days.
Dry land comprised three elements – a floor routine, dry boards and physical competition – testing power, speed and control.
In the pool the divers performed a number of skills, dives and forward and back line-ups from the 1m and 3m springboards and 3m platform.
On dry land, Florence was fifth on 102.14, Lily came 13th on 85.17 and Libby ranked 17th on 75.89. In the pool, Florence was sixth on 210.75, Lily came eighth on 206.50 and Libby was just behind her in ninth on 205.90.
In the overall results, Florence ranked fourth on 172.39, Lily came 11th on 154.00 and Libby was 14th on 144.52. The Talent Games are open to divers who are 11 years and under at year end, and serves as the selection event for the Swim England Diving Team Z squad. Florence was subsequently selected onto the Team Z squad for 2024-25. The simple results are available here.

Southampton Invitational 2023

Well done to our team of eight divers who competed at this year’s three-day Southampton Invitational at the Quays. This is an age group competition where the organisers also allow elite junior divers to compete as guests. The top six from the morning and lunchtime prelims – plus some guests – go through to the afternoon finals comprising three rounds of optionals.
Tegan competed first on day one, making it through the B Girls (14/15) 1m prelim in first on 236.80. She went on to win the final on 114.30. Alex, who competed simultaneously in the A Boys (16/18) platform, was sixth in the prelim on 195.30 and took the bronze in the final on 104.45. Florence and Lily made their age-group level debut here. In the D Girls (9/11) 1m prelim, Florence was third on 123.00 and Lily was right behind her in fourth on 122.80. In the final, Florence came fifth on 74.95 and Lily was sixth on 72.55. Leo competed next in the C Boys (12/13) 3m, coming third in the prelim on 200.60 and then took the bronze in the final on 111.00. In the C Girls (12/13) 3m prelim, Sophia was eighth on 169.50.
Day two started with Caitlin and Eva competing in the A Girls (16/18) 3m prelim. Eva came 11th on 223.50 and Caitlin was fourth on 249.25. Caitlin went on to finish sixth in the final on 102.55. In the B Girls platform prelim, Tegan came eighth on 199.20. Leo dived next in the C Boys 1m prelim, qualifying in first on 186.15 and later finishing sixth in the final on 85.50. In the D Girls 3m prelim, Florence qualified in third on 132.50 and Lily was fourth on 116.65. In the final, Florence took the silver on 86.60 and Lily came fifth on 77.75. Sophia dived next in the C Girls 1m, coming ninth on 161.00. In the A Boys 3m prelim, Alex qualified in second place on 271.45 and then came sixth in the final on 93.10. Leo returned to the boards for his second event of the day, the C Boys platform, qualifying in first place in the prelim on 203.75 and then finishing fifth in the final on 99.45.
On the final day, Tegan dived first in the B Girls 3m. She came fifth in the prelim on 223.35 and later won the final on 120.20. Sophia dived simultaneously in the C Girls platform, making it through the prelim in third on 172.10 and then took the bronze in the final on 99.40. In the A Girls 1m prelim, Eva came ninth on 222.15 and Caitlin was sixth on 228.40. In the final, Caitlin finished fifth on 101.75. In the A Boys 1m, Alex was runner-up in the prelim on 242.80 and came fifth in the final on 84.70. Also worthy of a mention here was Lily Chandler, who competed as a 'guest' on day one for Southampton Diving Academy. In the A Girls (16/18) platform prelim, she qualified in first place on 297.80 and then won the final on 126.90. Well done again to everyone for some great diving over the three days. The detailed results are available
here.

National Skills Finals 2023
Congratulations to our team of seven divers who competed at this year’s National Skills Finals, marking the close of the English national competition programme for another season.
Hosted for the second year running by the North East Region at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds, the meet saw 235 divers - which included a number of guests from Scotland – compete for honours across two busy days.
Our team size here was one less than last year, with only two divers having competed at this competition in 2022. Nonetheless, we came away with some impressive results: a gold, a silver, three divers scoring personal bests and all of them finishing in the top half of their events.
Libby and Lily competed first on day one in D1 Girls (10 years), finishing first on 317.55 and second on 311.40 respectively. Florence competed next in D2 Girls (11 years), coming fourth on 295.00 – only five points behind the bronze. Abigail was last to compete on day one, finishing ninth in C2 Girls (13 years) on 261.45.
Day two began with Pollyanna competing in E Girls (8/9 years), who finished twelfth on 
a personal-best score of 267.60. Isla and Scarlet competed in the last event of day two, B+ Girls (14/16 years), which was the largest of the weekend with 44 competitors. Isla finished 17th on 268.15 and Scarlet came 21st on 263.45.

Big thanks to our volunteer chaperones, Lottie and Annika, and our coaches, Laura and Kirsty, for making it an enjoyable weekend team trip in Leeds.
The detailed results are available here.

Swim England National Age Groups 2023
Well done to our team of five divers who competed at the Swim England National Age Group Championships.

Held this year over four days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, this is England's blue ribbon national competition in which girls and boys aged nine to 18 compete in 1m, 3m, platform and synchro events.

Our team here was the biggest since before the pandemic, with more than half of the divers medalling and everyone finishing top six in at least one of their events.

On day one, Leo dived first in the boys’ C (12/13 years) platform, taking the bronze on 186.00 – less than a point behind the runner-up. In the girls’ C 1m, Sophia came eighth on 162.25. Rounding off the first day, Leo teamed up with Joshua Saxton from Dive London for the boys’ D/C (9/13 years) 1m synchro, winning the event on 166.02.

Day two began with Tegan competing in the girls’ B (14/15 years) platform, coming 14th on 171.20. Eva competed next in the girls’ A (16/18 years) 1m, taking the bronze on 249.45 – exactly one point behind the runner-up. Alex dived next in the boys’ A 1m, claiming silver on 255.00. In the boys’ C 3m, Leo came fifth on 194.40 and Sophia was sixth in the girls’ C platform on 165.20.

Tegan and Sophia competed first on day three, with Tegan finishing fourth in the girls’ B 1m on 230.05 – just 0.20 of a point behind bronze. Sophia was sixth in the girls’ C 3m on 182.20. Eva claimed a second bronze in the girls’ A 3m on 279.25. In the boys’ C 1m, Leo came fourth on 182.65 and Alex took his second medal of the meet with a bronze in the boys’ A 3m on 281.65 – 0.20 of a point behind the runner-up. On the final day, Tegan finished 12th in the girls’ B 3m on 216.10 and Alex was fourth in the boys’ A platform on 205.75.

The detailed results are available here.

South East Region Skills 2023

Congratulations to our team of seven divers who competed at the South East Region Skills at K2 in Crawley.

This was the last regional skills qualifier to be held in the southern half of the country – and this year’s biggest – with divers getting one final opportunity for more competition experience before the National Skills Finals in July.

More than half our team won medals here, with three divers scoring ‘personal bests’ out of the three regional skills qualifiers we have attended.

Scarlet and Isla competed first in B+ Girls (14/16 years), coming 10th and 12th in the open, and seventh and eighth in the closed, on 281.15 and 280.20 respectively.

In E Girls (8/9 years), Pollyanna came ninth in the open and claimed a bronze in the closed on 250.50.

In D1 Girls (10 years), it was gold for Lily and silver for Libby in both the open and closed. Lily finished with a PB of 307.75 and Libby scored 289.20. In D2 Girls (11 years), Florence claimed silver in both the open and closed with a final score of 306.65 – a PB for her. In C2 Girls (13 years), Katarina came 19th in the open and fifth in the closed on 259.80 – her best final score from all three qualifiers.

The detailed results are available here.

East Region Age Groups 2023
Well done to our team of four divers who competed as guests at the East Region age groups. The two-day competition in Southend provided another opportunity for our divers to prepare for this year's National Age Group Championships.
Sophia competed first here, finishing fifth as a guest in the C Girls (12/13 years) 1m event on 167.85. In C Boys (12/13 years), Leo claimed a guest bronze in the 3m event on 189.05. In the girls’ platform events, Sophia came fourth as a guest in C Girls on 170.70 and Tegan was fifth as a guest in B Girls (14/15 years) on 181.80. Rounding off the first day on a high, Tegan won the B Girls 1m event as a guest on 222.35.
Day two began with a string of boys’ 1m events, with Alex winning a guest gold in the A Boys (16/18 years) on 255.70 and Leo a guest gold in C Boys on 199.30. In the C Girls 3m event, Sophia came guest fourth on 169.05. In the boys’ platform events, Alex won a guest gold in the A Boys on 206.15 and Leo a guest bronze in C Boys on 186.85. In the final session of the weekend – the A & B girls’ 3m events – Tegan won a guest silver in B Girls on 233.65. With some marked improvements on the previous regional age groups, the final ‘guest’ medal count in Southend was two bronze, a silver and four golds.

The detailed results are available here.

South East Region Age Groups 2023
Congratulations to our team of six divers who competed at this year’s South East Region age groups. The meet, held over two days at the Quays in Southampton, also featured Group A Skills 1m and 3m test events for girls and boys.
South East Region diving competitions have two results categories: open (all clubs) and closed (South East clubs only).
All our divers here went on to the podium after their events to collect well-earned medals, with an impressive final haul of 25.
In C Girls (12/13 years), Sophia was fourth in the open and first in the closed of 1m on 159.40. She went on to win the 3m event in both the open and closed on 174.30. On platform, she came sixth in the open and second in the closed on 161.60.
In C Boys (12/13 years), Leo was runner-up in the open and first in the closed on 1m, 3m and platform, scoring 179.25, 175.65 and 164.60 respectively.
In B Girls (14/15 years), Tegan won two golds on 1m – one for the open and one for the closed – on 247.70. On 3m, she came seventh in the open and second in the closed on 214.95.
In A Boys (16/18 years), Alex was runner-up in both the open and closed of the 1m and 3m events, scoring 247.95 and 273.35 respectively. He was fifth in the open and fourth in the closed on platform, scoring 183.40.
In the A Skills (17/18 years) girls’ test events, Lexi came second in the open and won the closed on both 1m and 3m, scoring 147.10 and 163.00 respectively. In the boys, Joel was second in the open and first in the closed on 1m (160.35) and also 3m (159.95).
The detailed results are available
here.

London Region Skills 2023
Well done to our team of ten divers who competed at the London Region 'Open' Skills competition at the London Aquatics Centre.
This regional meet was the first to trial 1m and 3m events for a Group A skills age category being proposed for introducation nationally in 2024.

Half of our team here won medals, with six divers improving their performances on the previous skills qualifier.

In E Girls (8/9 years), Pollyanna, who was competing at regional skills level for the first time, came sixth on 256.80 – a score within the national qualification standard. In DI Girls (10 years), it was gold for Lily and silver for Libby, who finished on 302.85 and 297.20 respectively. Florence took the silver on 293.80 in D2 Girls (11 years).

In C2 Girls (13 years), Abigail achieved the national qualification standard, finishing seventh on 276.10. Katarina’s performance in London was significantly better than last month, coming 16th on 248.65.

In B+ Girls (14/16 years), Isla ranked fifth on 272.75 and Scarlet was right behind her in sixth on 270.00.

In the A Girls (17/18 years) test events, Lexi claimed silver on 1m (156.10) and then another silver on 3m (168.35). And in the A Boys (17/18 years) test events, it was two bronzes for Joel – scoring 165.20 on 1m and 166.30 on 3m.

Guests included Olympic gold medal winner Matty Lee and Commonwealth gold and European medallist Noah Williams.

The detailed results are available here.

East Region Skills 2023

Congratulations to our team of seven divers who competed at this year's East Region Skills competition in Southend.

This was the first of three opportunities for our divers to try to qualify for the National Skills Finals being held in Leeds in July.

With the majority of our team here stepping up to regional skills level for the first time, five divers made the qualification standard and secured themselves a place on the trip to the nationals in the summer.

Florence, Libby and Lily competed first in D Girls (10/11 years), with Florence winning a guest silver medal on 292.65. Lily came fourth as a guest on 276.25 and Libby was right behind her in fifth as a guest on 272.20.

In C Girls (12/13 years), the biggest event of the meet with 36 competitors, Abigail came 11th as a guest on 269.55 – just half a point away from the qualifying standard. Katarina came 29th as a guest on 231.25.

In B+ Girls (14/16 years), Isla finished fifth as a guest on 282.10 and Scarlet was 13th as a guest on 261.35. Both their scores fell within the national qualification standard.

The detailed results are available here.

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