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Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow should better check out as now the young lot of Plymouth divers is really making mark.
Diving’s future as a sport looks certainly bright in Plymouth post some great performances from a good pool of Sheffield based Plymouth Diving’s youngest members.
The club got in several junior members to the finals of National Skills, where the country’s most impressed and best lots get the chance.
Piper (Oscar), who turned into a virtual sensation 2 years back when Tom posted the video featuring the little one leaping off 10 m, has won gold in boys’ 8-year-old category.
Oscar won by quite a huge margin which offered the deserved value to his hard effort. Tom Grave was another gold winner from Plymouth. Grave competed in 14-16 boys’ section & has shown great progress in the recent months. He scored 12th position at Nationals last year.
But this Grave was in top 3 all through the event & he showed great merit by wining the gold.
When it comes to great progression, Matthew Third should be mentioned after Tom Grave. Third improved himself a lot in the past 12 months and even claimed a silver in 10-year-old boys’ event, He stood 5th in younger age the past year.
Another young achiever was Sam Isaac who secured silver in 12-year boys’ competition.
Isaac’s 2nd place was quite a major achievement for him as he ha just started competing.
Added to Grave, Piper, Third and Isaac, some other young Plymouth divers came up with brilliant performances, but could not win on the medals. These include Euan McCabe (who came 4th in boys’ 9 years), Aaron Treeby (5th in 13-year-old boys’ section), and Abby Fishleigh (who came 7th in 12 years girls’ category).
Five local McCormick divers would be reportedly setting out for Riverside CIFSS Championship this week. They would be going out in 3 divisions.
The Division one would comprise of 3 divers. There is latest Sunset League Varsity Champ Nicole Bliss as well as 2 freshmen from Los Alamitos. Added to her first ever Sunset diving title, Nicole won her first ever League Track honor, Soph/Frosh Girls 800 m chase on that same day. She competed in diving & track finals in regular season given good co-operation in between her 2 coaches. All through the season, Shane Butler (Diving Coach) & Nathan Howard ( Track Coach) coordinated at their best to ensure that Bliss is able to take part in as many track and dive meets as possible. Bliss would be heading the CIFSS Division I Diving contest with McCormick & Los Al teammate Madelyn Payne who came up 3rd in the League Finals. Dolly has been the Sunset League winner for the last 2 years. However, she isn’t upset regarding losing out on the title this time. “Nicole actually earned it”, remarked Payne.
The 3rd diver is the lone male diver in the group called Leo Wiviott.
Chad King seems to be the sole diver from Long Beach to represent Moore League in the Riverside CIFSS Division II championships. Chad had been down last summer owing to severe injuries & missed out on a great lot of diving events till the commencement of high-school season. Presently King is back to a fantastic shape, as he told the Plain Sailing facebook page & is all set to make it big in 2014 diving season.
Division III would be represented by Olivia Payne who has been achieving heightened scores at every High School Invitation Meets participated by her.
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The Stillwater boys’ diving and swimming team is expecting a repetition of their earlier performance in Class AA True Team state meet on Sunday at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Ponies ended 3rd in this well known event one year ago that matched the program’s earlier best performance from back in the year 2008. This would be the tenth edition of True Team state meet and Stillwater has finished in 8th of the earlier nine while never lying lower than 7th.
Eden Prairie outdistanced 2nd place holder Minnetonka as well as 3rd spot holder Ponies one year ago. The Skippers fall in Wayzata among the list of top competitors going in the contest this year. Brian Luke, the Ponies coach, stated that they were 3rd previous year so hopefully they could at least repeat that 3rd or maybe move up. Still this is hard and they were looking forward to this.
True Team format that scores all 4 of a squad’s entries in every event lets Stillwater to contest against teams which could have more all state caliber swimmers at the top of a team. The Ponies coach added that they have been very lucky over the years to have huge teams. They carry quite a large number of athletes compared to other teams as well as after you grind on those huge numbers the past few years they have been able to maximize their depth. The internal team contest begins to drive that thing and this is really fun to be a part of.