Southampton Invitational 2018

Sheffield Diving attended the first age group competition of the season in Southampton recently.  A squad of 17 divers travelled to the event, some participating in their first Age Group competition on a chaperoned trip away from home. The opening day saw 8 Sheffield divers achieving new Personal Best scores, with 8 reaching finals in their events, winning a total of 5 medals between them: 3 silver and 2 bronze.  In the Boys Group C 3m springboard finals, Arthur Turner-Rowe improved on his qualifying position of 3rd to claim silver, whilst Nathaniel Greig dived impressively in his second and third dives to take the bronze.  Steady dives from Oscar Willcox in the Boys D 1m springboard finals earned him the silver medal, with Lewis Neilson doing well to come back from fifth place to achieve bronze.  The final silver of the day was well won by Phoebe Prescott in the Girls Group D platform event.  Agonisingly, Katie Garner was pipped to bronze by a mere 0.05 points in the Girls C 3m springboard final. Day 2 begin with bright sunshine and ended with a further 5 medals in the bag for Sheffield, including their first 2 golds, 2 more silvers and another bronze.  11 new Personal Best scores were achieved, with 11 divers reaching the finals of their events.  Arthur Turner-Rowe and Nathaniel Greig dominated the Boys C 1m preliminaries, coming in 1st and 2nd respectively.  In the final later, Turner-Rowe settled for 4th whilst Greig took a well-deserved gold with the help of the dive of the day – an inward 2½ somersault with tuck scoring a whopping 55.80.  Lewis Neilson, Oscar Willcox and Archie Biggin took 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in their Boys D Platform preliminary, with Oscar going on to take gold in the final.  Phoebe Prescott consolidated her 2nd place in her preliminary with silver in the Girls D 3m competition; Amelia Scott improved on 4th earlier to win bronze in the Girls B Platform event; and the diver of the day was Nathaniel Greig who won his second medal of the day and third of the meeting, stepping up from 3rd in the preliminary to silver in the Boys C Platform final. The last day brought further success to Sheffield, with a gold medal and a bronze bringing the final tally to 12.  In total, 9 divers reached the finals of their events, meaning that Sheffield was represented by at least one diver in each of the day’s 5 finals.  5 divers achieved new Personal Best scores, most notably Callum Bell, who smashed his previous PB for 6 dives on 3m by an impressive 45.70.  The medals came in the Boys D 3m competition, in which Lewis Neilson won his second bronze of the meeting and Oscar Willcox his second gold.  Willcox stood out as the Sheffield diver of the competition, bringing home a superb two golds and a silver.  Charis Bell, Hannah Blake, Daisy Fowler, Lily Godbole, Sophie Hancox, Millie-Rose Hartley, Finlay Morris and Alice Prescott also made solid and important contributions over the three days.

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