Saturday, April 30, 2022

Competitive Age Group action continues in Aberdeen

Divers continued to show excellent form at the Scottish National Age Groups and Thistle Trophy Diving Championships in Aberdeen on Day Two of competition.

The Scottish tussle between Edinburgh and Aberdeen was yet again the story of the day, with athletes from both clubs fighting for almost all age group titles.

Aberdeen’s Anna Duthie kept up her high level of performance from the first day, with  medals in the Girls B Age Group. Anna, who came second in the Platform event, clocked just one point behind eventual winner Freya Smith of Edinburgh. The girls scored 188.65 and 187.60 respectively.

Anna, who led with one round to go, after a fantastic Armstand Somersault Piked 7.5m on her fifth dive, was very pleased with her performance.

She said: “I’m so pleased with that because a couple of the dives I did were new, and they were the ones which I did well on so I’m so happy with that.

“It’s really good having Freya [Smith] and Oksana [Yevets] in the same competitions as we all get on well and we’re all good friends, cheering each other on and encouraging each other during dives.

Anna  achieved silver and bronze in the 1m Springboard and 3m Synchro respectively, yesterday. Speaking of her meet so far she said:

“I’m so happy that we’re having SNAGS in Aberdeen as its one of the only competitions we have here. It’s such a nice pool so it’s nice to be able to share it with everyone.

“I’m just hoping I can continue to improve through the rest of the meet, hopefully get a few PBs and keep diving well.”

Freya Smith took the crown in the evening in the 3m Springboard with a score of 263.35, with Oksana Yevets second (215.25) and Anna Duthie third (181.25).

Edinburgh’s Logan Soutar continued his SNAGS form with gold in the Boys Age Group A 1m Springboard – his first individual top placing of the weekend.

Logan came in a with a score of 269.20, three ahead of teammate and age group rival Shane McConnell in second (266.60). The pair were the victors in last night’s 3m Synchro.

Logan spoke about how the pair have been pushing each other on to perform to the best of their ability:

“That was really good, it was a really good competition and great to be so close to people that I train with all the time – it’s great to see everyone perform so well.

“It so good having Shane along side me, he’s such a good influence. We both improve and push each other on so I think we’re both glad that we have the opportunity to dive with, and against each other.”

Speaking about his SNAGS so far, Logan said:

“I came into the competition horribly; I didn’t feel that I was ready for this at all. But this has given me a lot of confidence going forward that I can keep on getting better and improving. It’s nice to show off every now and again.

“But I think this has proved that at this age group Scotland has a lot of great divers. It’s really good to see a lot of people I’ve never met before join in too, particularly some of the younger divers.

“I’ve got National Age Groups in Plymouth coming up soon so that is my main focus now.”

In the Boys Group A Platform , it was Logan’s previously mentioned partner Shane McConnell who took the crown with a great group of dives, in what was his second individual gold of the meet – and third overall. Shane secured an excellent score of 275.15 ahead of Logan’s 231.25, Shane finished strongly with a score of 48 on his 5m 2 ½ Back Somersaults with Tuck.

The Boys Group B saw an all-Edinburgh podium too as Matthew Marshall took the age group title, with Alexander Bragg in second.

Aberdeen Age Group C boys secured yet another medal clean sweep in the 1m Springboard, with Semyon Bykov taking the title with 198.50 points. Semyon’s teammates Zain Sellar (173.55) and Ben Morrice (173.05) placed in second and third – showcasing the depth within this age group in the Granite City.

In the race for the Thistle Trophy, Edinburgh extended their lead to a total points of 101, whilst Aberdeen remain second with 92 points, as they seek their maiden Thistle victory. English clubs Leeds and Darlington place 3rd and 4th.

The only Novice Age Group F diver of the weekend, Scarlett Jones, also competed today – with a score of 164.80 earning the 7-year-old Edinburgh diver a gold medal.


All results from the Scottish National Age Group Open Diving Championships & Thistle Trophy Competition can be found HERE

The event is running at the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre from 29 April – 1 May 2022