Southampton Invitational 2018

Lauren Saunders and Charlotte West celebrated a clean sweep winning on all boards in their age groups at the Southampton Invitational Grand Prix Diving event.  Lizzie Cullen won two silver medals whilst James West brought home a silver medal and team mate Finlay Cook a bronze.

Competing in group D Lauren Saunders, who has just completed her first year as a member of Swim England Talent Development zone squad, celebrated convincing wins on all boards.  On 1m a strong double somersault tuck for 40.70 and newly learnt front somersault one twist for 38.50 ensured her victory (114.40).  On 3m and on platform Lauren finished on top of the podium with 101.55 points and 101.20 points respectively.  Meah Thorngate, returning to L3 competition following an absence from diving, showed that she is well on the way to re-mastering her skills. Meah qualified for the platform final where she finished 4th (81.25).

Charlotte West was competing in girls A where consistent diving and some well executed high tariff dives produced convincing wins.  On 1m Charlotte scored 122.70 helped by a strong reverse one and a half somersault pike and two and a half somersaults tuck (both dives scoring 43.20).  Lizzie Cullen took silver with 107.40 points. An outstanding inward two and a half somersault tuck from the 3m board (52.65) and similar on platform (48.60)confirmed victory for Charlotte in the 3m (130.25) and platform events (128.50). Lizzie won her second silver on platform (118.05).

In boys A Finlay Cook dived consistently on platform to win bronze (254.30). This was helped by an excellent inward two and a half somersault from 7.5m for 55.35 pts.  Finlay finished 4th on 1m (118.50) and 5th on 3m (231.45).

Also in boys A were Ollie Breach and Edward Beal.  Edward had his strongest performance on 3m where he was the highest placed Albatross diver in 4th (232.15).  Edward was 6th on platform (106.75).  Ollie shone in the platform preliminary finishing in first place.  However the finals competition was fierce and, despite a strong performance, Ollie finished 4th (127.25). Ollie was 6th on 1m (106.75).

James West, Quinn Shaw and Ethan Jones were all competing in boys B.  James shone on 1m where an excellent two and a half somersaults pike for 49.40 pts clinched the silver medal (132.50).  Quinn also scored well on the same dive (41.60) to finish 4th (117.50).  The standard of diving in group B boys was exceptional with Albatross just missing out on the 3m and platform finals. James finished an agonising 7th on 3m (280.20) and Ethan was also 7th on platform (279.10).

Molly Lefever, Maya Peche, Hernan Mosqueda-Jolly and Austin Bradbury were all competing in the group C events.  Molly Lefever was rewarded for her sustained hard work during this year by making the final in a challenging 1m event.  Molly dived exceptionally well, scoring 37.40 points on her inward one and a half somersault tuck, to finish 5th  (90.15).  Maya had her best performance on 3m where she executed some newly learnt dives to finish 9th (175.45).  Hernan finished 13th in the boys 3m event (165.45). and 11th on platform (162.10). Austin Bradbury was competing in hisfirst ever level 3 competition and, despite executing a comparatively low tariff list, showed an excellent attitude throughout the three day event. Competition experience is invaluable and Austin will be able to build on this over the coming months.