Plymouth Diving enjoy successful day at National Age Group Championships in Sheffield

PLYMOUTH Diving’s successful week continued on Friday with a host of their younger athletes impressing at the Swim England National Age Group Championships in Sheffield.

Euan McCabe and Emily Martin had won European Junior Championships medals in Russia on Wednesday and Thursday and the club showed at Ponds Forge that there in more talent coming through at the Life Centre.

There was a great contest between team-mates Theo Stevens and Oliver Heath in the boys’ 9-11 year-old three-metre springboard competition in South Yorkshire.

The pair won gold and silver in Sheffield, with Stevens just edging out Heath in the final round.

Stevens finished with 180.90 points, with Heath 178.10. Fellow Plymouth diver Harry Denham was seventh in the same final.

Afterwards Stevens said: “I’m happy – I think it went amazingly well. I really enjoyed it. I’m also competing in the five-metre and one-metre competitions which I’m looking forward to and hopefully we’ll get some more medals.”

Heath said: “I was close to winning gold but I’m still happy with my result.”

Plymouth College pupil Curtis Yuen, who is originally from Macau, was a guest in the boys’ A one-metre and he was dominant in the final finishing with 286.75 which was 30 points more than anyone else.

Fellow Plymouth diver Maria Marasescu, who was also competing as a guest, finished third in the girls’ A one-metre event. Team-mate Evie McCabe was fifth overall and fourth in the national championships.

There was also top five placings on the first day of individual events for Amelie Underwood and Scarlett Colbourne in the girls’ D one-metre.

The championships in Sheffield continue until Sunday.

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