Albatross Diving Club placed second in the team trophy at The Armada Cup National Diving Competition. This exceptional National standing is a first for the Reading Club and reflects the combined efforts of the whole team.
Leading the success were Hal Watts and James West. Diving in men’s A+ (18 yrs) Hal took Gold on 1m, Silver on 3m and placed 4th on platform. James took gold in boys C (12-13yrs) 1m, Bronze on 3m and Silver on platform.
James also stepped on to the podium alongside team mate Quinn Shaw after winning Bronze in the boys 13 and under synchronised 1m event. Quinn also performed well as an individual (boys C) delivering PBs to place 5th on 1m and 4th on 3m.
Charlotte West also made the finals in all three of her events. Diving in women’s A+ (18 yrs) Charlotte won Silver on 3m, Bronze on platform and finished 4th on 1m.
Diving in her very first Level 3 competition 9 year old Lauren Saunders dived exceptionally well showing poise and consistency to finish with a 4th place on 1m and 7th on 3m (Girls D 10-11 yrs).
Ethan Jones was a finalist in the boys B (14-15 yrs) 3m event where he placed 6th. On platform Ethan delivered a superb PB performance to enter the final in 3rdplace. Tough competition meant Ethan’s final platform placing was 4th.
Three other team members were diving in men’s A+. Billy Minns dived well on 1m. His first 7 dives were extremely consistent but an uncharacteristic error on the final dive cost Billy a finals placing by an agonising 2 points. Billy also placed 7th on 3m. Edward Beal finished 5th on platform whilst Finlay Cook won a well-deserved Bronze on 1m and placed 6th in the 3m and platform events.
This was an exceptionally strong performance from all members of the Albatross Age Group and Elite Team at their first meet of the 2017 season. Coaches and divers are looking forward to their next National Event which is being held in Leeds.