McCabe and Radcliffe back up National Cup junior medals with titles at Armada Cup

PLYMOUTH divers Euan McCabe and Summer Radcliffe backed up their junior medal-winning performances at the recent British National Cup by topping the podium in elite categories at this week’s Armada Cup.

The Armada Cup is one of the country’s longest standing diving competitions and it was back in full swing in Plymouth this year after the Covid pandemic.

Young divers from around the country headed to the Life Centre for the event, with host club Plymouth Diving, Luton, Leeds, Sheffield, Dive London, Albatross, Southampton, Southend, Bradford, Aberdare, Aberdeen, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Crystal Palace all having athletes competing in competition.

Great Britain junior star McCabe had finished fourth overall and first under-18 in the men’s platform event at this month’s National Cup also at the Life Centre. He didn’t take part in the platform event in the Armada Cup, but he did win both elite boys’ A springboard events.

In the one-metre competitions he won by 50 points and he was even more dominant in the three-metre competition, triumphing by 80 points.

Team-mate Radcliffe, who had picked up a junior springboard medal at the National Cup, won the elite girls’ A three-metre competition in the Armada Cup and also took silver in the one-metre competition.

Her Plymouth colleague Katie Martin took bronze in the same one-metre final and came fifth in the three-metre.

Amelie Underwood claimed two medals in the elite girls’ B springboard events. She won silver in the one-metre and bronze in the three-metre.

Fellow Plymouth divers Oliver Heath just missed out on a medal in the boys’ B platform completion, finishing fourth, just seven points off bronze. He also claimed a top six finish in the one-metre event.

In the age group events at the Armada Cup, Plymouth’s Ben Kearton took victory in the boys’ A one-metre event, while Lexi Davies took a silver and bronze in the girls’ C categories. Davies’ silver came in the three-metre competition, while she just missed out by 0.10 of a point from also taking second in the one-metre event.

Oscar Westbury also picked up two individual medals. He claimed silver in the one-metre age group boys’ C event and bronze in the platform competition. Team-mate Will Heath claimed bronze in the three-metre event in the same age group and the pair won the boys’ 13 and under one-metre synchro competition.

There was also an individual medal for Ellie Pearce in the girls’ A age group three-metre final. She took bronze, with team-mate Maia Pearson just behind in fourth. The duo were fourth and fifth in the one-metre final.

Harry Westbury just missed out on an individual medal in the boys’ D age group one-metre competition, finishing fourth.

There was a synchro silver for Plymouth’s Oliver Heath and Theo Stevens in the 14-18 years’ three-metre event, while Katie Martin and Scarlett Colbourne took silver in the corresponding girls’ synchro final, with Lucy Gutierrez and Maia Pearson fifth.

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