SOUTHAMPTON strolled away with the top team trophy when they hosted an invitational competition at The Quays.

The 38-strong team scooped 38 medals - 14 gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze.

Their combined score was almost double that of the second-placed team.

Blake Aldridge took the title in all three of his events.

The 25-year-old' s score of 429 points on highboard will enable him to compete in the world championships next spring if he delivers the same level of performance in Manchester next month.

The girls were given their lead by Charly Tomkys, 21, who also took golds on 1m and 3m springboards.

Sam Knapp, 13, Georgie Wingrove, 11, and Chris Farrow, 14, were also gold medalists, taking their titles ahead of divers on national programmes.

Taking two golds and a silver medal, Wingrove thrilled the crowds with classy performances on every board, making the top score of any diver in each of the three finals.

She did well to compete a dive learnt only the previous week, an inward two and a half somersaults with tuck from the 7m board.

Knapp, who only joined the sport 18 months ago through the talent identification programme carried out in selected Southampton schools, dived consistently well throughout his events.

His performance will have brought him a step closer to an invitation to the Regional Junior Talent Programme.

Having had a break from competitive diving, Farrow claimed two golds.

Recently joining Southampton Diving Academy from Cambridge, Sophie Clark, 15, took a medal of each colour.

Jack Clewlow, 16, won two golds and a bronze, scoring TASS (Talented Athlete Support Scheme) qualifying standards on both the 3m and highboard.

Ciaran O'Reilly (17) gave a good performance on 1m to take the gold.

Senior Southampton coach Fito Gutierrez beamed: "It was a great weekend. We showed what quality the club can deliver at the Elite end of the sport."