Aquatics

Dixon and Martin use Armada Cup as a warm-up for FINA Grand Prix in Rostock

PLYMOUTH international divers Matthew Dixon and Emily Martin warm-up for this week’s FINA Grand Prix in Rostock by guesting at their club’s Armada Cup competition at the Life Centre.

The duo are part of a 16-strong Great Britain squad that have headed out to Germany for the international meet, which starts on Thursday.

They both got some final practice in at the popular Armada Cup, which this year attracted 600 entries from more than 200 athletes from around the UK.

British 10m champion Dixon put on a good exhibition as a guest in the elite boys’ A one-metre and platform events.

In the same one-metre competition, Plymouth team-mates Curtis Yuen and Josh Freeman picked up medals, while Freeman also made the podium in the platform event as well.

Martin guested in the elite girls’ A three-metre and platform events and, like Dixon, comfortably out-scored the rest of the field.

Fellow Plymouth diver Cody Powell-Tuckett also guested in the girls’ A platform and finished third.

Great Britain junior international Euan McCabe picked up three gold medals at the Life Centre. He triumphed in the elite boys’ B one-metre, three-metre and 14-18 year-old boys’ synchro competition, where he partnered London’s Hugo Thomas.

Summer Radcliffe took victory in the elite girls’ B one-metre and three-metre competitions, while Zach Anderson triumphed in the boys’ B platform, having finished second to McCabe in the three-metre competition.

There was a bronze medal for Plymouth’s Amelie Underwood in the elite girls’ C one-metre final. She was also fourth in the three-metre event. Team-mate Scarlett Colbourne was fourth in the girls’ C platform, with Woodwood fifth.

As well as the elite categories at the Armada Cup, there were also age group categories.

Evie McCabe took victory in the age group girls’ A platform and three-metre competitions. Team-mate Maria Marasescu was third in both those finals, but did win the one-metre event. Abby Fishleigh was second, finishing between McCabe and Marasescu, in the three-metre final.

Lucy Gutierrez-Freeman took first place in the age group girls’ B one-metre event, while colleague Ellie Pearce triumphed in the corresponding three-metre final.

Archie Waines won the age group boys’ C three-metre final and came fourth in the one-metre, while Ben Kearton took silver in both the age group boys’ B one-metre and three-metre finals, with Jack Kinsman-Moore fourth in the lowest board event.

Alex Whittaker claimed third place in both the age group boys’ D springboard finals, with Will Heath, who had come fourth in the one-metre, taking second in the platform. Oscar Westbury just missed out on a medal by finishing fourth in the three-metre final of the same section.

Westbury and Heath did finish second in the under-13 boys’ one-metre synchro competition.

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