Aquatics

Plymouth Diving make impressive start to Scottish National and Open Championships

PLYMOUTH Diving have made a tremendous start to the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

In the opening two days, the Life Centre-based club have claimed six medals.

They got the ball rolling in the opening session on Thursday night claiming two synchro second place finishes.

Kayleigh Sinclair and Summer Radcliffe took silver in the women’s three-metre event behind London’s Scarlett Mew Jensen and Maria Papworth Burrel.

Frances Burdett and Maria Marasescue also won a silver medal in the women’s platform synchro final on Thursday behind Scotland’s Gemma McArthur and former Plymouth diver Robyn Birch.

The synchro events also saw Tom Daley’s return to diving after an extended lay-off from the sport following the birth of his son Robbie.

He won the men’s platform synchro final with new partner Matty Lee.

The pair are still in the process of learning new dives together and so did not have a particularly high degree of difficulty, however, they were still far too good for anyone else, scoring 391.29 points. Plymouth Diving’s Tommy Davis and Josh Freeman finished fourth.

The second day of the championships, saw Plymouth Diving win two gold medals and two bronze.

Victoria Vincent (pictured top) won the girls’ A three-metre event by more the 60 points. In the same final, club team-mate Cody Powell-Tuckett finished six.

There was also a gold medal on Friday for Euan McCabe, who won the boys’ B one-metre final, ahead of Leeds’ Jake Passmore.

Platform specialist Matthew Dixon showed his versatility by claiming a bronze medal in the men’s one-metre event, ahead of Olympians Tom Daley and Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Sheffield’s Jordan Houlden won, with Scotland’s James Heatly second just ahead of Dixon.

Dixon will go head-to-head with Daley, Heatly, Lee and his Plymouth team-mates Aidan Heslop and Alfie Brown in the individual platform event on Sunday.

There was also a bronze medal on Friday evening for Zachery Anderson in the boys’ C one-metre event. He finished just behind Southend’s Hayden Rayment and Todd Geggus.

Shanice Lobb finished fourth in the women’s platform final behind Birch, Ruby Bower and McArthur.

The event in Edinburgh continues until Sunday.

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