MANY of Plymouth’s top divers began their preparations for 2020 by competing at the Scottish National and Open Diving Championships in Edinburgh over the weekend.
Great Britain and England international Matthew Dixon picked up two silver medals, while youngsters Katie Martin and Summer Radcliffe also made the podium in Scotland.
Dixon’s medals came in the senior men’s one-metre and platform competitions.
In the one-metre springboard he scored 349.35 points and was only beaten by Scotland’s James Heatley in a strong field.
In his favourite platform event, he qualified for the final first but in the final he dropped his third and sixth dives and had to settle for second behind fellow Commonwealth Games athlete Lucas Thomson.
Katie Martin won the gold medal in the girls’ C one-metre final with 222.85 points. She was also fourth in the three-metre competition.
Radcliffe took bronze medal in the girls’ B three-metre event with 280.35 points. She was only beaten by London’s Jessie Millham and Southampton’s Maya Kutty.
Cody Powell-Tuckett reached the final of both the senior women’s and the girls’ A platform finals. She was fourth in the senior event and came fifth in the girls’ A event, having topped qualifying in the latter. Team-mate Emily Martin had topped the preliminary round for the senior women’s platform event but did not compete in the final.
Connor West came fifth in both the senior men’s and boys’ A platform finals, while Zachery Anderson was sixth in the boys’ B three-metre. Josh Freeman, Oliver Heath, Theo Stevens and Frances Burdett also competed in Scotland for Plymouth.