Southampton Invitational 2017

It was an impressive performance for Albatross at the recent Southampton Invitational Club grand-prix event. The seventeen strong Reading team achieved thirteen finals placings, a silver medal and three bronze medals.

Finlay Cook and Charlotte West led the team success both making all their A+ finals.  Facing stiff competition Finlay did extremely well to secure two bronze medals.  The first was on platform helped by a solid back two and a half somersault from 7m (144.45). On 3m it was a strong reverse two and a half somersault dive that secured bronze (151.20).  Finlay finished 4th in the 1m event (136.85).  A strong reverse one and a half somersault and back somersault one and a half twists won Charlotte a hard fought bronze medal on 3m (139.70).  Charlotte finished 4th on 1m (121.90) and 5th in her platform event (116.50).

Also diving in A group were Ollie Breach, Billy Minns, Edward Beal and Henry Middleton. Despite missing out on finals Ollie was the second highest placed Albatross diver in all his events (8th 3m/platform & 9th 1m).  Edward had his strongest performance on platform (9th), with Billy showing strength on both springboards (13th) and Henry on 1m (17th).

Competing in boys B Ethan Jones did well to make two finals finishing in 5th place on 3m (130.75) and 5th on platform (127.50).  Ethan finished 8th on 1m. Alfie Cook was at his first level three competition and put in a sustained performance on both springboards finishing 15th on 1m and 14th on 3m. Milly Orgill was also building experience at this level and had her strongest performances on platform and 3m (both 14th).

James West and Quinn Shaw both achieved finals success in the boys C events.  James took a hard won silver on 3m (155.95) and finished 6th on 1m and 10th on platform.  Quinn did extremely well in his platform preliminary finishing in 4th place with a personal best of 262.85 points before going on to place 6th (120.15) in the hotly contested final.  Quinn was an agonising 7th in both his springboard events. Hernan Mosqueda-Jolly delivered strong required dives on 1m to finish 17th with a National age group qualifying score of 165.10.  Hernan finished 21st on 3m.  Molly Lefever, competing in girls C, delivered a consistent performance in a very strong field to finish a creditable 14th on 1m and 17th on 3m.

Girls D Competitors Maya Daisy Amelia & Lauren

Lauren Saunders and Amelia King both did extremely well to make finals in girls D.  Competing in her very first level three event Amelia finished 6th on 1m (71.85) while Lauren was 6th on platform (80.00).  Also competing in girls D were Maya Peche and Daisy Cook.  Although the girls didn’t make a final this time they both gained valuable experience competing at this level.

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