Plymouth divers among the medals as National Cup returns to the Life Centre

PLYMOUTH divers Matthew Dixon, Aidan Helsop, Euan McCabe and Summer Radcliffe all picked up medals as the British National Cup returned to the Life Centre.

The competition was the first major senior domestic event for two years, but due to covid was held behind closed doors.

Dixon, who moved to London while the Life Centre diving pool was closed for 18 months, picked up a bronze medal in the one-metre springboard final on the opening day of competition.

The Great Britain international, who is better known for his platform diving, impressed on the lower height scoring 397.00 points to finish behind springboard specialists James Heatly and Jordan Houlden. Dixon did finish ahead of international springboard divers Anthony Harding and Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Plymouth Diving youngster Euan McCabe came agonisingly close to claiming a senior medal in the 10m platform final.

He qualified for the final in second place behind Olympian Noah Williams with 413.00 points, but had to settle for fourth in the final behind the Dive London trio of Williams, Ben Cutmore and Kyle Kothari. However, the Great Britain junior international star was first under-18.

Fellow Plymouth youngster Radcliffe also picked up a junior medal after finishing seventh overall in a strong women’s one-metre final with 226.95 points. Olympians Grace Reid, Kat Torrance and Scarlett Mew Jensen filled the senior medal positions. Radcliffe also came 10th overall in the three-metre competition.

Nineteen-year-old Heslop, who just before Christmas won the FINA World High Diving Qualifier in Abu Dhabi, only took part in the mixed 10m synchro event at the National Cup where he took bronze with London’s Ruby Thorne.

There was also success for former Plymouth divers Emily Martin, Robyn Birch and Dan Goodfellow.

Martin, who like Dixon moved to London while the Life Centre was closed, won the women’s platform event with 316.10 points and teamed up with former Marjons student Birch to win the women’s synchro with 304.86 points. Goodfellow, meanwhile, triumphed in the men’s three-metre event with 462.90 points.

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