Kerr sets gold standard for Southampton Diving Academy

Daily Echo: ANGUS KERR ANGUS KERR

ANGUS Kerr topped the Southampton medals table when the city’s diving academy sent a team to compete in the Luton Challenge event.

Competing in the boys’ 11 and under age group, Kerr secured a place in all three of his finals. On the first day of competition he took part in the 5m platform and 3m springboard events and won both his preliminaries convincingly.

He took his platform preliminary by a massive 41.20 points and achieved eights for his back dive pike. Later that day he maintained top spot in the finals to take gold in both events.

On the last day, he also won bronze on the 1m springboard.

Sarah White scooped gold in the girls’ 16+ years platform event, improving on her preliminary placing of sixth to win by 20 points.

Rhys Crookes had medal success in the boys’ 12/13 years 3m springboard event.

After securing a place in the final with an outstanding last dive, he improved on his preliminary fifth placing with three impressive dives in the, winning bronze with a personal best score.

In the boys’ 12/13 years age group, Tyler Lane and Dylan Lakeman-Brown made two finals each.

Lakeman-Brown executed an impressive inward one and half somersaults piked from the 7.5 metre platform in both the preliminaries and final, scoring eights and 8.5s.

He slipped from his second place preliminary placing to an agonising fourth.

Chris Farrow, head coach for the meet, said: “Our divers gained lots of experience in this event which saw Olympians and senior internationals rubbing shoulders with our team.

“I was very impressed by their behaviour and attitude and would like to add my congratulations to all who made a top six finish in this tough event.”

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