Swim England East Region Skills 2018
Cambridge Dive Team recently took a squad of seventeen novice divers to Southend for the annual Regional Skills competition. This competition saw some of the club's youngest divers show of their talent, with ages ranging from seven to thirteen. All divers did exceptionally well, especially considering this was the first competition event for some.
Cambridge started the day strong, with Amelia Aldridge, Tobia Fayomi, Caleb Whitear and Zia Gordon taking part in the Group E event. It was gold for Whitear in the boys event and Gordon took bronze in the girls, both divers performing very well and consistently throughout the competition.
The club also entered three divers in the girls group C event: a renowned competitive category. Eve Morrison, Grace Hodge and Honor Creasy performed some nice dives to achieve very respectable scores. The young divers came eighth, fourteenth and fifteenth respectively in this tough field.
Daniel Millard of CDT narrowly missed out on a medal in the boys group C event after putting in a very solid effort throughout all twelve dives, closely followed by his team mate Jonah Tomsett in sixth place.
A further six divers from Cambridge took part in the Girls Group D event with Rhiannon Monie beating her team mates to take seventh place overall just ahead of Daisy Halls in tenth. Other divers in this event put in some great scores with Carrie Ma, Georgia Wigley and Millie-Mai Channell all taking part in their first competition.
Max Burnell dived very consistently to secure fifth place overall, narrowly missing out on a medal by just under 15 points.
To round off the exciting day, Cambridge's Stella Monks competed some recently learnt new dives in the group B event. Monks' hard work paid off as she confidently performed her new skills and finished in seventh place.
Team list: Caleb Whitear, Amelia Aldridge, Daisy Halls, Zia Gordon, Tobi Fayomi, Rhiannon Monie, Grace Hodge, Honor Creasy, Molly McGregor, Carrie Ma, Millie-Mai Channell, Georgia Wigley, Stella Monks, Max Burnell, Daniel Millard, Jonah Tomsett, Eve Morrison.
Zia Gordon and Caleb Whitear with Cambridge DDO Alice Clark.