Sunday, February 13, 2022

Springboard double delight for Reid

Grace Reid sealed a springboard double at the National Diving Cup with victory in the 3m event on the final day of competition at Plymouth Life Centre.

Reid was left frustrated after a below-par performance in the prelims, but came back strong for the final, displaying poise and determination to produce a solid programme of dives, with improvements in each round from prelim to final. Her highest points score was in the final round with her Forward 2 ½ Somersaults 1 Twist Pike secured 66.00 points, taking her final tally to 312.60.

Amy Rollinson (Luton Diving Club) won silver with 291.40 points and Yasmin Harper (City of Sheffield Diving Club) taking bronze with 285.00 points. Reid said of her performance,

“Big sigh of relief at the moment. That afternoon performance is definitely reflective of the training I've been doing, this morning was just not where I've been, and I was really frustrated by the prelims. I just had to reset, come back and just relax and enjoy myself out there this afternoon, and I got the result I was really after.”

Speaking about how she composes herself after a disappointing prelim, Reid said.

“Get it out, whatever you are thinking and feeling, just get it out. I think things that are left inside are never great, they just fester. So I had a bit of a shout, had some coffee and some food and then I came back in started afresh, just like everyone.

“For me, I think now the consistency is definitely getting there. It’s about the details, sharpening up finishing touches. For me, my confidence is what I really want to work on over the next few months, to build on this, use this as a steppingstone and perfect the next little bits.”

Edinburgh Diving Club’s Emily Bearpark finished 7th in the final on 311.10 points.

On Saturday Reid and her Dive London team-mate, Scarlett Mew Jensen won bronze in the 3m synchro event with 281.31.

Angus Menmuir of Edinburgh Diving Club was back in action in the 10m platform event, having won gold with Gemma McArthur in the synchro event on the opening day. Menmuir finished 5th overall with 302.45 points.

In the men’s 3m springboard event, James Heatly won bronze with 421.05 and Edinburgh team-mate, Ross Beattie finishing 6th with 365.10 points. Heatly has already been pre-selected by Team Scotland for this event and in December, he and Beattie secured the qualifying criteria for the 3m synchro event. Their training partner, Yona Knight-Wisdom finished fifth with 400.85 points.

All results can be found on Dive Recorder.

The British National Diving Cup 2022 was streamed live across the British Swimming YouTube and Facebook channels.