October 27, 2018
A number of divers added to growing medal hauls as the Irish Open Diving Championships continued in Dublin today. Our youngest divers got day 2 of the Championships underway at the National Aquatic Centre with the 8 and 9-year-old’s competing in the Group E Skills competition for both boys and girls.
Plymouth Diving continued their good form from day 1 taking both the girls and boys titles in the first event. Yvie Tucker (300.70) and Eva Lang (281.20) collected gold and silver in the girl’s event while Evan Walker (275) was victorious in the boy’s event. City of Leeds’s Livia Thomas completed the girls podium taking bronze with 266.50 points and for the boy’s DuDive Dubai’s Sean Dufya was the silver medalist while Ralph Airey (269.15) of Harrogate took bronze.
Ireland’s Shamrock Diving Club took their first medal of the day and second gold of the meet when Evan Hardy won the Boys B Skills Event. Evan scored a fantastic 318.85 points to win ahead of Edinburgh’s Dean Livingstone (310.25) and Burscough’s Leon Ferra (284.25). There was further joy for Shamrock Diving as Isabel Feeney won bronze in the girl’s event with 298.20 points. Plymouth were back atop the podium in this event with Megan Angell taking gold with 313.85 points, Aberdeen Diving Club’s Holly Hendry was the silver medalist with 307.10.
Eddie Gladstone-Wallace added to 3M and Platform golds with a fantastic win in the 1M Event. The Edinburgh diver was the clear winner with 242.30 points ahead of Dacorum’s Mason Mills (224.25) and DuDive’s Cooper Ross (198.25).
In the girl’s event City of Leeds’s Elizabeth Powley was adding to 3M Gold and Platform Silver when she took the title with 264.50 points. Cambridge’s Frankie Webb (233.70) and Plymouth’s Maria Marasescu (223.35) were also returning to the podium where they picked up silver and bronze respectively.
The Boy’s A Group made their first appearance of the weekend when they took to the 1M. Boston Area Diving’s Matthew Chao topped the table with an impressive score of 294.65 over Sunderland’s Cameron Watt (223.70) and City of Bradford Esprit’s Owen Passmore (203.90).
Calie Brady made it double gold for Boston in the girl’s event claiming gold with 314.55 points. Saffron Butler added a second silver to her tally with 223.70 points, while Platform champion Breanna Harold (City of Leeds) took bronze with 203.90 points.
Fine performances from National Centre Dublin divers Ciara McGing and Clare Cryan saw them on the podium in the Women’s Platform Event. McGing secured gold with 199.80 points with Cryan adding to her 1M gold taking bronze with 167.55 points. Edinburgh Diving’s Caitlyn Lumsden was the silver medalist with 182.10 points.
In the D Group 1M Final, Oliver Heath completed a trio of wins adding to Platform and 3M golds from yesterday. In a close contest the Plymouth diver had just two points to spare of his team mate Theo Stevens (156.70) finishing with 158.95. Aberdeen’s Noah Penman (142.90) was the bronze medalist.
In the girl’s event City of Leeds’s Jaeda Sharman continued her impressive form winning the gold in 155.20. Sharman had taken platform gold and 3M silver yesterday. The 3M winner and Platform silver medalist Scarlett Colbourne of Plymouth collected a second silver with 140.15 points while Bury Dragons Amy Wright (138.20) stepped onto the podium for her second bronze medal of the weekend.
Edinburgh’s James Heatly doubled up on his gold medals with a win in the Men’s 1M Event. The European Bronze medalist had 28 points to spare over second placed Martin Bang Christensen of AGF Udspring who finished with 300.85 points while Heatly’s Edinburgh team mate Lucas Thomson was third with 269.95 points.
Our Group C 3M medalists had all made the podium yesterday. Libby-Eliza Mitson had claimed the top spot in the platform event already, ahead of taking her second gold with 207.65. Silver medalist Katie Townsend added to her silver (1M) and bronze (platform) medals with 196.55 points while 1M champion Ellie Pearce took bronze with 180.55 points.
Matthew Chao returned for a second gold medal today taking the Boys Group A 3M Gold with 302.55 points. It was a reversal of the silver and bronze from the 1M podium as this time Owen Passmore (263.60) took silver and Cameron Watt (249.95) bronze.
Calie Brady also secured her second gold medal in the girl’s event. The Boston diver was the only one to break 300 with a score of 300.35. Plymouth’s Abby Fishleigh and Beaumont’s Yana Tutt battled for silver and bronze with Fishleigh getting there in the end on 274.80 points to Tutt’s 270.35.
Competition continues tomorrow!