Plymouth Diving enjoy highly successful end to British Elite Junior Champs

PLYMOUTH Diving enjoyed a highly successful end to the British Elite Junior Championships at the Life Centre on Wednesday.

The city club claimed five medals on the final day of the prestigious competition.

That took their total to 10 for the four-day event, which attracted the UK’s top young diving talent.

Aidan Heslop and Evangeline Piper claimed three individual medals each.

Heslop won gold in the boys’ B one-metre and three-metre events and took silver behind his team-mate Alfie Brown in a thrilling platform competition on the final day.

Brown triumphed with 426.10 points, with Heslop just behind with 425.25. They were both well clear of Luton’s Ben Cutmore in third.

Piper won gold in the girls’ C platform and added silver medals in the one-metre and three-metre finals. Team-mate Summer Radcliffe was also a finalist in the three-metre and platform events in that age category.

Plymouth Diving’s other gold medallist was European junior champion Matthew Dixon, who took victory in the boys’ A platform final on the Wednesday.

Just four days earlier Dixon had been winning synchro gold for Great Britain at the FINA Grand Prix in Canada, but he put any tiredness or jet-lag behind him to top the podium in a top quality Life Centre final.

Sheffield’s Owen Harrison, who last year won silver in the boys’ B platform at the European Junior Championships, pushed Dixon all the way with some outstanding diving, but the Plymouth Studio School pupil, who turns 17 next week, did enough to take the win.

World junior bronze medallist Dixon finished with 533.55 points and Harrison 523.70. Southampton’s Max Cott was third with 460.00 points.

Euan McCabe and Alfie Westerman took silver in the boys’ 9-13 year-old three-metre synchro final.

There was also a bronze medal for Zachery Anderson in the boys’ C three-metre competition on Wednesday.

Westerman had topped the preliminary round in that event, but he had to settle for fifth in the final.

McCabe, only 11, just missed out on an individual medal in the boys’ C platform, finishing fourth.

Plymouth Diving’s Madeline Coquoz, who was guesting at the event, was also a finalist, while Harry Mason, Ben Armitage and Cody Powell-Tuckett also competed at the top junior competition.

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