Aquatics

Plymouth Diving enjoy successful weekend with victories in Switzerland and London

PLYMOUTH Diving enjoyed a highly successful weekend both at home and aboard.

On the same day as former club member Tom Daley was winning World Championship gold in Budapest, 15-year-old Aidan Heslop was showing his versatility in Switzerland.

Great Britain international Heslop, who last month won a bronze medal in the 10m boys’ B event at the European Junior Championships in Norway, demonstrated his skill at high diving.

Heslop won the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship in Ponte Brolla.

The teenager, who was the youngest in the field by four years, finished 77 points ahead of his near rival, who was Switzerland’s 22-year-old Matthias Appenzeller.

Heslop’s Plymouth team-mate Owen Weymouth, who is preparing for the World Championship in Budapest, won the last WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship event in Agios Nikolaos.

Meanwhile back in England, Plymouth Diving sent a team of up-and-coming youngsters to the Swim England National Skills Finals in London.

It proved a successful competition for the Devon club, who claimed a number of titles and medals.

In the C1 girls’ (12 years) event, Plymouth claimed the top two spots, with Olivia Hall winning with an impressive 357.65 points and Lucy Gutierrez-Freeman taking silver in 320.00. Both were a long way ahead of anyone else.

Plymouth also impressed in the D2 girls’ (11 years) competition, filling three of the top four places.

Ellie Pearce won with 335.55 points, with Katie Martin taking third (328.20) and Maia Pearson coming fourth (314.40).

There was also success for Scarlett Colbourne, who won the E girls’ (8/9 years) title with 324.75 points. Lily Walker was eighth in the same final.

Jack Kinsman-Moore claimed the D2 boys’ (11 years) title with 326.20 points. Team-mate Alex Snell was eighth in that event.

Georgia McCoy just missed out on a medal in the B+ girls’ (14/16) competition, finishing fourth.

There was a top eight finish for Phoebe White in the D1 girls’ (10 years) event,  Aiden Lamerton in the D1 boys and Megan Ansell in the C2 girls’ (13 years) competition.

Harlie Stringer, Polly Evans, Oscar Hart, Erin Devery, Alex Lamerton and Stephen Buckingham were among the other Plymouth divers to compete at the Olympic pool.

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