Saturday, December 2, 2017

McArthur posts Gold Coast Consideration Score on way to Platform Title

Gemma McArthur of Southampton Diving Academy put in a superb series of dives to take the Women’s Platform title on the penultimate day of the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

19-year old McArthur finished with a points tally of 320.45 saving her highest scoring dive to the end with 68.15 for a Back 2½ Somersaults, Piked.  Needing a consideration score of 309.37, McArthur was clearly delighted with her performance and said,

“That’s a bit of a surprise, especially after I had such a poor competition in Australia only a couple of weeks ago. Since then I’ve been training really hard, keeping positive and I’m so happy to have done one of my best meets in Edinburgh.

“I felt very relaxed coming into today’s competition. I got rid of any nerves yesterday in the 1m event, where I don’t look for any specific scores; I just use it to start my competition. “

Dive London Aquatics Club’s Robyn Birch won silver with 310.20 points while Tia-Mai McGarry from City of Sheffield Diving Club won bronze with 251.10 points.

McArthur’s father is from Ayr, which makes her eligible for Team Scotland, pending nomination and selection.

James Heatly (Edinburgh Diving Club) secured his ninth consecutive 3m Scottish National Individual Title in a closely contested battle with Jack Haslam from City of Sheffield Diving Club. With the lead changing between the two after each dive it all came down to the final round with both completing the competition with a Forward 2½ Somersaults 2 Twists, Piked.

Haslam who had regained the lead in the penultimate round missed his entry and scored low, while Heatly held his nerve for a solid dive and finished with a points tally of 388.30 to Haslam’s 366.35. Lucas Thomson of Edinburgh Diving Club, who posted another PB for the event in the heats, won bronze with 318.40 points.

After the event, Heatly said,

“That was so close between Jack and I. We both hit dives and we both missed dives and I was fully aware of the lead changing. I like to look at the scoreboard. I find I’m more likely to put in a strong round if I know I need to up my game.

“Men’s 3m diving is so strong in the UK at the moment. The top eight divers make a final at Nationals and it is getting more and more difficult to make a final than it is to perform well in one. I just need to keep focused, carry on training hard and working with my coach. This is a real confident boost, however, performing well here so early on in the season.”

In other events Edinburgh Diving Club’s Ross Beattie continued his medal dash with gold in the Boys A 1m event, while Cameron Gammage from Southampton Diving Academy won the Boys B 1m final.

In the Girls A Platform Final Tanya Watson from Shamrock won gold, while Clara Kerr from Aberdeen Diving Club took gold in the B event.

The final event of the evening was the Team Event, which was won by Kyle Kothari and Grace Reid from Dive London Aquatics Club.

The Scottish National & Open Diving Championships are taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool from 30th November to 3rd December 2017.