County Skills Diving Championships
Standards rocketed and records tumbled at the County Skills Diving Championships held at Parkside Pools. Amelia Aldridge, Rhiannon Monie and Eve Morrison all set new figures for their respective events. These championships which are the first major events in the competitive calendar test the skills and techniques of divers who have to perform 4 different moves each from poolside and the 1metre and 3 metre springboards
In a highly competitive group D event (10/11 years) Amelia Aldridge (Cambridge Dive Team) smashed the record by more than 20 points to score an impressive 279.25. High scoring forward and reverse dives put her in command at the half-way point. She wowed the judges with her 3m line-ups scoring 8s and 9s to secure the title. Such was the standard in this event that the top 3 all broke the old record. Dominic Williams (Cambridge Dive Team), only 6 points behind Amelia dived consistently and well to fight off the strong challenge from team-mate Charlie Tibbets. There were also notable high scoring performances from new-comers Eva Tsang, Aila Byrne, Yuzu Baxendale, Ben Matthews and Elwood Langley.
Seasoned campaigner, Rhiannon Monie (Cambridge Dive Team) clinched the group C (12/13 years) title with 277.85 points. Team-mate Molly McGregor showed her skills and after 7 rounds it was equal scoring but an exceptional back dive from Rhiannon allowed to just pull ahead with the record-breaking score of 277.85 to Molly’s 271.25
Youngest competitor of the day 8-year-old Ryan Church (Cambridge Dive Team) showed composure and good skills in his first diving competition to win group E (8/9 years) event with 208.7 points.
The third record of the day went to the defending champion Eve Morrison (Cambridge Dive Team) in the Group B event (14/16 years). She managed to increase the record by the slimmest of margins from 292.75 to 292.95. Her trademark inward 1.5 somersaults scoring highly on both 1m and 3m, gave her a comfortable edge over team-mates silver and bronze medallist Stella Monks and Jonah Tomsett.
These divers will all be competing at the East Region Skills event on 22 March at Southend-on-Sea and hopefully producing the same form and so qualify for the National Skills event in July.
The Barbara Palmer Trophy
For the highest placed Cambridgeshire diver at the National Age Groups Championships was won by ALICE LEDZION (Cambridge Dive Team) for her 8th place on both the 1m springboard and platform
Skills Performance Trophy
For the highest placed Cambridgeshire diver at the National Skills Championships was won by RUFUS BORD (Cambridge Dive Team) – bronze medallist in group D (10/11 years)