Saturday, February 04, 2017

Scottish Divers Shine in Plymouth

The new 3m Synchro partnership of Grace Reid and Katherine Torrance won the gold medal in the final event of day two of the National Diving Cup in Plymouth.

Reid (Edinburgh Diving) and Torrance (City of Leeds) were in second place until their fourth round dive which moved them into the gold medal position.

Their Front 3 ½ Somersaults tucked scored 60.45 to move them ahead of Millie Haffety and Millie Fowler (City of Sheffield).

They finished with a score of 274.05 to take their gold and Reid commented: “We’re really pleased with that performance, it’s our first run. We didn’t know how it would go, it could have gone one of two ways.

“But we’re really pleased with how it went, we’ve not trained massively together so it’s a good starting point.

“We just need to work on little things in all of our dives. There’s not one dive which we thought was really good, it’s just little fixes and bits and pieces.”

Haffety and Fowler scored 268.82 for silver while Maria Papworth and Scarlett Mew Jensen (Dive London) won bronze with 249.48 points.

Southampton Diving’s Gemma McArthur excelled in the women’s 10m Platform to win her first national title.

McArthur showed her composure to score over 50 points in every round but really showed her potential in the second round.

She scored 70.40 points for her Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked to move her into first position.

She finished with a score of 310.80 to win the gold and meet the criteria for nomination for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to represent Scotland.

“It feels amazing to win, I'm so pleased,” McArthur said. “I couldn't believe it when I saw the results! I was so excited and happy

“My dives went really well. I scored really well on each dive so I was just amazed.

“Training's been going well over the last few weeks or so, so I'm really pleased to get my dives in the competition too. I was just looking forward to it.

“I've been working on getting my dives back after a patch of injury in the summer. It's just been about getting them back as best I can.”

Dive London’s Shanice Lobb won the silver medal with a score of 304.80 while Lois Toulson won bronze with 281.40 points.

Jack Haslam surprised the crowds at the Plymouth Life Centre with his impressive performance in the final of the 3m Springboard.

The City of Sheffield diver beat off competition from Edinburgh’s James Heatly and his brother Ross Haslam.

Haslam was in the mix for a medal from the start of the competition but it was his final two dives that sealed the number one position for him.

He finished with a Front 2 ½ Somersaults 2 Twists piked for a score of 73.10 which gave him an overall score of 420.55. It marked the first time he won a senior national title in the 3m.

“I'm really really happy. It's a PB performance for me with a score of 420 so I'm really really pleased with that.

"Obviously it was extra nice to have my little brother on the podium with me as well. I'm absolutely ecstatic.

“The reverse two and a half got a few 9s on the board so that was really nice. My reverse twist is kind of one of the trademark dives I do. My double out has been a bit of a troublesome dive for me in the past, so it was nice to put some points on the board for that as well.”

Heatly took silver with a score of 419.35 while Ross Haslam took bronze with 414.05 points. Heatly’s score met the nomination standards for the 2018 Commonwealth Games for Scotland.

Matthew Dixon and Noah William, who were diving together for the first time, won gold in the 10m Synchro. They scored a total of 391.86 and recorded 73.26 for their Back 3 ½ Somersaults tucked.

Article courtesy of British Swimming

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