British National Diving Cup

Sheffield’s diving elite showed their pedigree at the 2017 National Cup in Plymouth by winning 9 medals. Star performers were the Haslam brothers Jack and Ross. Jack produced a personal best score to become British champion on the 3 metre springboard. In a superb competition resulting in 5 divers exceeding the 400 point benchmark, Jack produced a scintillating performance to take the gold medal with brother Ross winning bronze, just 6 points behind him. One of the keys to the Haslam brothers’ success was the brilliance of their reverse 1½ somersault with 3½ twists dives; Jack’s achieved 79 points while Ross’s produced 84 points. Freddie Woodward was 5th. In the 1 metre springboard final Ross also produced a personal best to take the silver medal with Freddie taking bronze. Jack was in 7th place. Ross and Jack then joined forces to take the silver medal in the 3 metre synchro event with Freddie, in partnership with James Heatly from Edinburgh, taking bronze. In the women’s 3 metre synchro event, Millie Fowler and Millie Haffety produced a fine performance to take the silver medal. Their score of 269 points was only 5 points behind that of the gold medallists. Millie Fowler had a fantastic tournament. On top of synchro success she won bronze medals in both the 3 metre and 1 metre springboard events. Her highest scoring dive on the 3 metre board was a forward 2 ½ somersault with 1 twist which achieved 63 points. Millie Haffety came 5th on the 1 metre board with Fern Hitchin in 7th place. Strong performances in the platform events came from Tia McGarry and Owen Harrison. Georgia Davenport unluckily missed out on the final by just a couple of points. Elliot Beedon, Holly Prasanto and Raffael Benitez all produced good performances in their preliminary competitions.