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Leeds' Ladies Lead The Way
Last weekend saw divers from across the country descend on Ponds Forge in Sheffield for the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships
City of Leeds Diving Club fielded a squad of 15 divers who between them returned home with 3 National titles .

Day one saw the synchronised diving events take place starting with the Girls Group C/D (ages 10-13) 1m Springboard event where Libby-Eliza Mitson teamed up with Southamptons Dulcie Wilson and having only met half an hour before their comp the girls secured a bronze medal just 0.06 points away from the silver.

In the Boys event of the same category Leeds divers Jacob Bland and Joe Monnelly placed 6th.

Next up was the Girls Group A/B 3m springboard synchro competition, teaming up for Leeds was 18 year old Breanna Harold & 13 year old Elizabeth Powley, Harold & Powley recently secured a Silver medal in the 3m synchro at the Scottish National Age Groups but this time they went one better to become National Age Group Champions.

Mitson dominates on day two - City of Leeds first individual title went to Libby-Eliza Mitson winning the Girls Group C (age 11-13) Platform event over 13 points clear of second place. Over the weekend Mitson went on to secure a Bronze medal on the 1m Springboard and narrowly missed out finishing 4th on 3m Springboard. Also diving in Group C were Maisie Crompton (15th) Isabelle Thomas (16th).

Ellen Gordon (19th) Martha Capitano 21st and Sophie Robbins 23rd
In the boys Group C platform Jacob Bland finished 15th out of 23 divers in his first year in this age category.

The next Leeds medal was Bronze in the Girls Group A 1m event from 16 year old Saffron Butler with team mate Harold unable to continue her medal streak finishing in 8th place though Harold moved herself one place up the rankings on day three finishing in 7th in the Platform event.

Day 2 also saw the youngest Leeds diver of the meet in her first competition, 11 year old Jaeda Sharman finished 5th on the 1m springboard but came back with a bang on Day 3 securing a Bronze Medal on the 3m springboard.

After finishing 6th on the 3m springboard on day 2, Elizabeth Powley was back in action on Day 3 this time on the 1m Springboard, Powley powered her way back securing the Gold Medal and National title with her final dive, Powley’s Coach Richard Bradley said “A fantastic performance from Elizabeth today, she did just what she needed to get through, I think there was about 4 points in it. It all came down to that last dive”

Day 4 of the competition became “near miss” day with Butler finishing 5th in the 3m event, Sharman 6th on Platform, Mitson 4th on 3m springboard and Powley also 4th on Platform – missing out on Bronze by just 1 point. Butler was in action again, this time on 3m springboard finishing 5th, while Lucy-Rose Ormondroyd placed 7th. Also in the same group as Butler & Ormondroyd, Bethany Walker took part in her final competition as a junior finishing in 17th narrowly missing out on a personal best score.

Despite the lack of podiums on the final day, the medallists and the rest of the young squad performed well enough to help City of Leeds Diving Club clinch The Belle White National Memorial Trophy for top female club of the year! With results taken from British and Senior events nationally.

City of Leeds Diving Club is run in conjunction with Leeds City Council Learn to Dive scheme.

Leeds' Ladies Lead The Way, 23rd July 2018, 18:41 PM