March 11th saw divers return for NER Leg 2. The divers concluded the event by competing in their respective boards. On the day Sheffield Diving walked away with 26 medals that included 9 Gold, 9 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. Ross Haslam produced a master class in the Mens Open 3m by cruising to victory by 64 points. Millie Haffety and Millie Fowler both won medals in their individual events by coming 3rd and 2nd, respectively. Later in the day they were back in action but diving as a pair. The girls came away with the title by scoring 247.47. Sephora Ford and Maisie Bond completed their clean sweep of the medals by winning a total of 3 golds. Jack Burrows narrowly missed out 3 golds in the championship, Owen Taylor beat him by 0.55 on 1m. Jack subsequently finished win 2 golds and a silver. Jenna Davison and Elliot Johnson both battled hard and came away with 3 silvers each. Oscar Willcox improved upon his Leg 1 result, 4th, with a 3rd place finish in one of the days first events and later in the day finished in 2nd place. Millie Rose-Hartley produced her performance of the meet by coming 2nd place in Girls B 3m. Boys C 1m was a thoroughly contested event with Sheffield Diving filling the medal rostrum with Declan 1st, Noah 2nd and Arthur 3rd. Callum Bell won his first medal of the competition by placing 3rd in Boys A 3m with Bron taking the gold medal. Millie Fairhurst-Marshall dived well and secured a 3rd place finish. Frustratingly, Amelia Scott finished the championships with 3 4th place finishes. Amelia narrowly missed out on a medal by 0.45 points. Finlay Morris won bronze in the Boys B 1m. Congratulations to all divers that represented COSDC in both legs.
Sheffield Diving attended a highly recommended Senet Diving Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This is the first time we have attended this competition and it was a successful event. Sheffield Diving won 4 golds, 1 silvers and 3 bronze medals. Richelle Houlden showed dominance in Girls Group C by winning 3 out of 3 gold medals. Richelle excelled on all boards especially 1m, her nearest competitor was a staggering 46.45 points. Harrison Case found himself sharing the bronze medal with Tino Tapio (Finland National Team) both scored 370.25. Harrison’s last dive, reverse two and a half, scored 7.5 helping him onto the podium. Jessica Vega’s consistent diving on Girls B Platform saw her take gold medal. Well done to all competitors, a great display on all fronts for Sheffield Diving.
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.
Superb performances from a strong squad saw Sheffield Diving return from Leg 1 of the North East Counties Diving Championships in Leeds with a haul of 18 medals. In two events, Sheffield achieved a clean sweep of the medals. Millie Haffety was the gold medallist in the women’s 1 metre springboard competition with synchro partner Millie Fowler taking silver and Fern Hitchen a superb bronze .The other medal shut-out was in the mens platform event with Elliot Beeden producing a dominant performance winning gold by over 70 points. Owen Harrison took the silver medal with Conrad Lewandowski taking bronze. In the women’s open platform competition, Georgia Davenport won the gold medal while Tia McGarry, diving a new list, produced a fine performance to take bronze .Also on platform, Sephora Ford won the 14/15 years competition by over 30 points with Millie Hartley taking the bronze medal. Maisie Bond continued the girls’ gold rush by winning the 10/11 years 3 metre springboard event with Jenna Davison winning silver. In the same age group for boys, Jack Burrows won Sheffield’s final gold medal on the 3 metre springboard with Theo Wellington winning silver. In his return to competitive action following the Olympics, Freddie Woodward was beaten into second place by fellow Olympian from Leeds and Jamaica, Yona Knight Wisdom in the mens 1 metre springboard competition. Bron Jenkinson was also a silver medallist in the 16/18 years 1 metre springboard event while Elliot Johnson won the silver medal in the 14/15 years platform competition. Declan Rogan completed Sheffield’s medal haul by taking the bronze medal in the 12/13 years 3 metre spingboard event. Very good performances were also recorded by Sarah Leach, Channein Lancaster, Richelle Houldein, Jessica Vega, Lydia Campbell, Charis Bell, Amelia Scott, Lily Godbole, Daisy Fowler, Ross Haslam, Raffael Benitez, Oliver Hoban, Harrison Case, Joseph Pashley, Isaac Trueman-Marsden, Francis Curtis, Adam Charity, Harrison Hartley, Callum Bell, Finlay Morris, Noah Prasanto, Arthur Turner-Rowe, James White, Nathaniel Greig and Oscar Wilcox.
Divers from Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield teamed up to form the North-East Region Team. The London Region were crowned campions with the North-East Region claiming 4th place. There were sterling performances from Callie Eaglestone (Leeds), Holly Prasanto (Sheffield), Sarah Leach (Sheffield) and Anthony Harding (Leeds) all claiming gold in their respected events. There were further medals from Holly Waxman (Bradford), Isaac Trueman-Marsden (Sheffield), Millie Haffety (Sheffield), Oliver Crompton (Leeds) and Raffael Benitez (Sheffield).