Saturday, December 1, 2018

Reid dives to gold on 1m springboard

Grace Reid made a welcome return to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, winning the 1m Springboard title on day 3 of the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships in Edinburgh.

The Commonwealth Champion for the event and Dive London athlete put in a solid programme of dives to take gold with 250.55 points. Her best dives came in rounds 2 & 3 where she scored 52.80 for both the Reverse 1½ Somersaults Piked and Inward 1½ Somersaults Piked. After the medal ceremony Reid said,

“Its great to see so many good competitors here diving at the Scottish Nationals. This is actually my first competition since the Europeans so it’s good to dust off the cobwebs and I’m really pleased to be walking away with the title.

“I’m really happy that teams have travelled far and wide to be here; the prestige of this competition is really on the increase. This is the start of our season, we’ve got the British Championships at the end of January which acts as a qualifier for the Diving World Series and that’s going to be our focus from here on in.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s 3m event for which she holds the European title, Reid continued,

“I’ve been a bit injured so I’m just taking things day by day and dive by dive, but I’m hoping to put in a solid performance.”

Victoria Vincent from Plymouth Diving won silver with 250.55 points while Scarlett Mew Jensen from Dive London won bronze with 236.25 points.

In the men’s 3m springboard final Yona Knight-Wisdom produced a sensational penultimate dive to secure the Open title. Scoring 80.50 for his Reverse 3½ Somersaults with Tuck, Knight-Wisdom finished his programme with 398.65 points. Silver went to Jordan Houlden from City of Sheffield Diving Club with 366.20 points and James Heatly picked up the bronze medal and National title with 361.00 points.

After the event Knight-Wisdom commented,

“To be honest I came into the competition not expecting a lot, just trying to continue working on what I’ve been working on so far. I’ve only been up here for around 10 weeks so it’s all a new experience and it hasn’t given me a long time to work with my new coach. I’m really happy I got some good dives in there and I feel I’m on the right path to achieving my goal. I’m nowhere near where I need to be yet but this shows I’m on the right track.”

Speaking of his high-scoring dive, he continued,

“The reverse 3½ is a dive I’ve really struggled with the last few years and I’ve worked hard to get it consistent in my list and now it’s finally at a stage I’m feeling more comfortable with it. I put it down at 68 points this morning and to get it down to 80 points this evening is great.”

Lucas Thomson and Gemma McArthur from Edinburgh Diving Club won the Team Event Final with 253.75 points, just ahead of Aiden Heslop and Victoria Vincent from Plymouth who took away the silver medal with 251.50 points. The bronze medal was awarded to Jake Passmore and Callie Eaglestone from City of Leeds Diving with 243.45 points.

Full results from the competition can be found on Dive Recorder

The Scottish National & Open Diving Championships are being held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from Thursday 29 November to Sunday 2 December.