The British Diving Championships return to Sheffield in 2023, with Britain's leading divers and the next generation of stars taking to the boards to test themselves across four days of competition. National titles in individual and synchronised events will be contested on the 1m and 3m springboard and 10m platform.
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Men's Platform final
Dive London Aquatics Club’s Kyle Kothari took his first individual British title and the final one of the 2023 British Diving Championships as he put in a dominant performance to win the Men’s Platform gold in impressive fashion as the competition drew to a close at Ponds Forge.
With Kothari's teammate Noah Williams taking the lead after the first two rounds of dives - thanks in part to a 95.40 score on his Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists Pike (5255B) in the first round - the 25 year-old knew he had it all to do.
Taking the lead at the halfway stage before losing it to a massive 99.90-scoring Back 3 ½ Somersaults Tuck (207C) from Southampton Diving Academy's Robbie Lee, he then won back the top-spot with a 99.90 score of his own with a massive Forward 4 ½ Somersaults Tuck (109C) to help him on his way to clinching the gold with a total score of 498.75.
Kothari finished just ahead of his teammate Williams, whose valiant Forward 4 ½ Somersaults Tuck (109C) closed the gap by a small margin in the final round as he took the silver medal on 487.75 points, with Ben Cutmore making it a Dive London 1-2-3 as his 479.35 points was enough for the bronze.
Women's 3m Springboard final
In what was a Women's 3m Springboard final that was as chaotic as it was dramatic, City of Sheffield Diving Club's Yasmin Harper took her third British title of the competition with a strong performance to round-off the women's events.
With the lead changing hands almost every round, the 22 year-old held her nerve in a field that featured a number of international veterans, including Ireland's Clare Cryan (Guest), Sweden's Emilia Nilsson Garip (Guest), and Dive London's Scarlett Mew Jensen, who were the other athletes to make up the overall top four.
Aside from a dip on her third dive, Harper was always in and amongst the highest scorers in each round – her Inward 2 ½ Somersaults Pike (405B) on the final round scoring her 66.00 points on her way to a total of 299.75, which was just behind Cryan and Garip’s 303.15 and 313.85 respectively.
Mew Jensen, Harper's Dive London synchro partner who won gold with her in the 3m Synchro earlier in the week, took the British silver with a score of 299.10, with their teammate Grace Reid just behind them to come in for the bronze on a total of 292.80.
Men's Platform prelims
In what was an event of the highest quality (with a number of 80 and even 90-plus dives), Dive London Aquatics Club's Noah Williams was a cut above the rest over the six dives - scoring an impressive 499.95 to take the to spot in the Men's Platform ahead of the final this afternoon.
Williams never dropped below a score of 72.00 across his entire list - always being in and around the top spot - sealing the victory in the final round with a massive 94.35 score on his Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (109C), as he looks to win back his British title.
It's by no means a sealed deal for the 23 year-old, though, with four other athletes also putting in 400+ scores to set up what is always an intense final to round-off the action at Ponds Forge.
His Dive London teammate Kyle Kothari leads the chasing pack into the final, with a Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 2 1/2 Twists Pike (5255B) on the final round giving him his highest individual score of 86.40 and sealing the penultimate spot in the running order later today with a final score of 472.55.
Matty Lee rounded off the Dive London Aquatics 1-2-3 with a score of 469.30 - helped by what was the second highest-scoring individual dive of the event - his Back 3 1/2 Somersaults Pike (207B) in the fourth round (93.60) giving a glimpse into what could be to come in the final.
The top 12 into the Men's Platform final
1. Noah Williams - Dive London Aquatics Club 499.95
2. Kyle Kothari - Dive London Aquatics Club 472.55
3. Matty Lee - Dive London Aquatics Club 469.30
4. Robbie Lee - Southampton Diving Academy 445.80
5. Ben Cutmore - Dive London Aquatics Club 439.75
6. Matthew Dixon - Dive London Aquatics Club 392.60
7. Riccardo Giovannini (Guest) - Italy 392.25
8. Romano Wang - Dive London Aquatics Club 347.80
9. Athanasios Tsirikos (Guest) - Greece 346.95
10. Nikolaos Molvalis (Guest) - Greece 338.55
11. Francesco Casalini (Guest) - Italy 336.00
12. Angus Menmuir -Edinburgh Diving Club 323.65
Women's 3m Springboard prelims
Scarlett Mew Jensen qualified in first place for the Women's 3m Springboard final later today thanks to a series of 60+ scoring dives on the final day of competition at the British Diving Championships.
The Dive London Aquatics Club athlete was always in and around the top few places, but it was the penultimate round where she moved away from the rest of the field - her Back 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (205B) wowing the judges to the score of 72.00, on her way to a total score of 321.55.
Behind Mew Jensen was her Dive London teammate Grace Reid, who was leading the field for the first couple of rounds. Despite a drop on the final dive, she did enough to qualify in second place with a total score of 293.95.
Sweden's Emilia Nilsson Garip (Guest) was third overall, with City of Sheffield's Yasmin Harper, who took the British 1m Springboard title earlier in the week, the third best British qualifier on a score of 282.20.
The top 12 are set to battle it out at 3pm this afternoon for the final women's medals of the competition.
The top 12 into the Women's 3m Springboard final
1. Scarlett Mew Jensen - Dive London Aquatics Club 321.55
2. Grace Reid - Dive London Aquatics Club 293.95
3. Emilia Nilsson Garip (Guest) - Sweden 284.75
4. Clare Cryan (Guest) - City of Sheffield Diving Club 282.50
5. Yasmin Harper - City of Sheffield Diving Club 282.20
6. Katherine Torrance - City of Leeds Diving Club 267.35
7. Amy Rollinson - Dive London Aquatics Club 264.20
8. Desharne Bent-Ashmeil - Dive London Aquatics Club 262.20
9. Amelie Underwood - Plymouth Diving Club 284.70
10. Evie Smith - Dive London Aquatics Club 240.10
11. Holly May Prasanto - City of Sheffield Diving Club 239.95
12. Nina Janmyr (Guest) - Sweden 238.95
Men's 3m Synchro final
Ross Haslam took his second British title of the night as he partnered with James Heatly in the Men's 3m Synchro event - finishing second overall in a high-quality field of international talent.
Staying just behind the leaders as the event came to the final round, the pair pulled out the highest-scoring dive of the competition to bring them up to second - their Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (109C) giving them a score of 90.06 on their way to a total of 370.17.
They finished just behind Italy's Matteo Santoro and Stefano Belotti (Guests), who scored 390.15, and Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom and Yohan Eskrick-Parkinson (Guests), who came in third on 351.81 points.
Connor Lano and Todd Geggus, both of Southend Diving, were the other British entrants in the event, as they took the silver medal and overall fifth place thanks to a solid set of dives – their Forward 3 ½ Somersaults Pike (107B) in the third round earning them a highest individual score of 53.94.
Women's Platform final
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix claimed another British title in the Women's Platform - fending off a stern challenge from City of Leeds' Lois Toulson to take the win with an impressive score of 344.20.
The Dive London athlete's Forward 3 1/2 Somersaults Pike (107B) gave her the highest score of the event (81.00) in the third round, which separated her from the chasing pack, before a solid final two dives sealed the win for the 18 year-old.
Toulson put in an impressively consistent performance of her own to take the silver medal, which included a 67.50 on her Forward 3 1/2 Somersaults Pike (107B) on the opening round, which was the highest score of her five dives.
Crystal Palace Diving Club's Eden Cheng finished in third to take the bronze medal - a Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Pike (5253B) giving her a score of 62.40 on the final round to wrap-up the podium places.
Men's 1m Springboard final
City of Sheffield Diving Club's Ross Haslam sealed the Men's 1m Springboard British title in style with a series of 70 and even 80-plus scores to fend off fierce opposition in what was an outstanding final at Ponds Forge.
Haslam was in and amongst the leaders throughout the first half of the event, but it was on the fourth round where he came into his own - scoring a massive 82.50 points on his Forward 3 1/2 Somersaults Pike (107B) to make himself the clear favourite for the title.
He never looked back from there, putting in subsequent 73.60 and 81.60 scores in the final two respective rounds to confirm his victory with a total score of 426.45.
Edinburgh Diving Club's James Heatly secured the silver medal thanks to a 73.10-scoring Inward 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (405B) on the final round - his 369.85 points putting him just ahead of Italy's Francesco Porco (Guest) and Sweden's Elias Petersen (Guest), with the pair taking third and fourth respectively.
Finishing in fifth place, taking the British bronze medal in the process, was City of Sheffield Diving Club's Jordan Houlden. The 24 year-old recovered well from a dip in the fourth round to finish on a respectable 352.60 points.
Women's Platform prelims
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix qualified for the Women's Platform final in first place with a commanding performance - scoring 355.70 points to round off the morning's action in Sheffield.
The Dive London athlete was on top across all five rounds - her inward 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (407C) on the second round being the best dive of her list, scoring her 76.80 points.
It was a tighter pack behind the 18 year-old, with City of Leeds' Lois Toulson putting in some impressive dives of her own on her way to qualifying for the final in second place, with a Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Pike (5253B) on the final round her highest individual scoring dive (67.20).
Behind the pair was City of Sheffield's Maisie Bond, who had some good dives of her own on the way to a third place finish, including a 72.00 score on the third round with a brilliant Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Pike of her own, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Top 12 into the Women's Platform final
1. Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix - Dive London Aquatics Club 355.70
2. Lois Toulson - City of Leeds Diving Club 315.80
3. Maisie Bond - City of Sheffield Diving Club 295.90
4. Eden Cheng - Crystal Palace Diving Club 275.40
5. Juliette John - Dive London Aquatics Club 259.35
6. Tia McGarry - City of Sheffield Diving Club 248.25
7. Robyn Birch - Dive London Aquatics Club 244.30
8. Libby Duke - Edinburgh Diving Club 238.55
9. Irene Pesce (Guest) - Italy 231.55
10. Ellen Gillespie - Edinburgh Diving Club 220.00
11. Hannah Newbrook - Dive London Aquatics Club 217.45
12. Libby Mitson - City of Leeds Diving Club 205.75
Men's 1m Springboard prelims
City of Sheffield's Ross Haslam took the top spot in the Men's 1m Springboard ahead of tonight's final, following a high-quality heats session that saw the 25 year-old finish up on a respectable 379.00 points - his Inward 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (405B) in the final round giving him his best score of the event (81.60) and the edge over his national and international competitors over the six rounds in Sheffield.
It was his club teammate and second placed finisher Jordan Houlden who put himself in the driving seat for the victory early on though, with the athlete sitting at the top on 178.90 points at the halfway stage, thanks to a Back 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (205B) on round three to wow the Ponds Forge crowd with a score of 61.50.
Stefano Belotti of Italy goes into the final as the third best qualifier, with Edinburgh Diving Club's James Heatly in fourth - the pair both impressing in a long prelims session.
The top 12 into the Men's 1m Springboard final
1. Ross Haslam - City of Sheffield Diving Club 379.00
2. Jordan Houlden - City of Sheffield Diving Club 360.90
3. Stefano Belotti (Guest) - Italy 340.90
4. James Heatly - Edinburgh Diving Club 338.55
5. Franceso Porco (Guest) - Italy 337.00
6. Leon Baker - Southampton Diving Academy 319.35
7. David Ekdahl (Guest) - Sweden 316.45
8. Noah Penman - Aberdeen Diving Club 316.45
9. Elias Petersen (Guest) - Sweden 310.70
10. Declan Rogan - City of Sheffield Diving Club 307.90
11. Hugo Thomas - Dive London Aquatics Club 286.20
12. Maxwell Spencer - Dive London Aquatics Club 280.80
Women's 3m Synchro final
Yasmin Harper and Scarlett Mew Jensen joined up on the way to the Women's 3m Synchro title.
The pair's first outing as a synchro duo came as recently as the World Aquatics World Cup event in Xi'an, China in April, when they excelled to clinch a silver medal with a score of 292.60.
They could not quite replicate that consistency of form in Sheffield, but two solid requireds to open, followed by a well-executed and synchronised Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist Pike (5152B) in round three - scoring them 63.90 - meant they had a strangle hold on the gold before a slight misstep in round four.
Men's 3m Springboard final
Houlden ensured a stacked Men's 3m Springboard delivered the entertainment levels promised as he claimed the British title in thrilling circumstances as he eyes a second successive World Championship outing.
After a high-quality prelims, Houlden - coached by City of Sheffield's Tom Owens - backed up his top seed billing by delivering a brilliant list of dives, opening with a trio of consistent efforts of 3.4 or 3.5 degree of difficulty (DD) to sit narrowly second behind Dan Goodfellow (City of Leeds) at the halfway stage.
Round four brought with it Jordan's hardest dive - a 3.9 DD Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 3 Twists Pike (5156B) that he executed stunningly to gain 93.60 points and move into top spot. That position would not be relinquished, a round-five score of 81.00 for his Back 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (207C) ensuring Goodfellow could not catch him after a slight drop in round six. Houlden's total of 488.75 was his highest ever in this event.
Women's 1m Springboard final
Yasmin Harper became the first individual British champion of the week as she made it three Women's 1m Springboard titles in a row at the British Diving Championships.
After three dives, it was City of Sheffield's Holly May Prasanto who led the British cohort, her tally of 169.40 at that stage seeing her less than half-a-point behind overall leader Emilia Nilsson Garip of Sweden.
A brilliant fourth-round Reverse 1 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Free (5333D) by defending champion Yasmin Harper was a crucial moving moment, as the 58.50 points tally saw her leapfrog teammate Holly into second overall and leading the way for the British title.
Prasanto delivered a solid closer to put the pressure on Harper - but just as at last year's Nationals, the European 3m medallist showed good composure, a clutch round-five Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (105B) ensuring she finished on 269.30 points and defended her British gold.
Men's 3m Springboard prelims
An unmissable Men's 3m Springboard final is in store on Friday afternoon after a high-quality, nip-and-tuck prelim saw Jordan Houlden come out on top.
Each of the divers in the 400-point-plus club delivered at least one outstanding dive in the session, but Jordan - in his home City of Sheffield pool - showed the most consistency to back up a stunning Back 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (207C) dive in round five that earned him 91.80 points on the way to an overall tally of 463.90
Daniel Goodfellow - Commonwealth champion ahead of Houlden in this event last summer - was second in the prelims, just six points back on 457.90, a Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 3 Twists (5156B) worth 91.65 his top-scoring effort.
Meanwhile, Ross Haslam was in notable form to qualify third (on 430.25) as he looks to put himself in contention for major international selection again when the final takes place later this afternoon.
The new-look finals format for 2023 sees 12 divers into the final.
The top 12 into the Men's 3m Springboard final
1. Jordan Houlden - City of Sheffield Diving Club 463.90
2. Daniel Goodfellow - City of Leeds Diving Club 457.90
3. Ross Haslam - City of Sheffield Diving Club 430.25
4. James Heatly - Edinburgh Diving Club 419.65
5. Yona Knight Wisdom (Guest) - Jamaica 403.75
6. Matteo Santoro (Guest) -Italy 390.90
7. Jake Passmore (Guest) - City of Leeds Diving Club 374.65
8. Anthony Harding - City of Leeds Diving Club 370.35
9. Elias Petersen (Guest) - Sweden 351.10
10. David Ekdahl (Guest) -Sweden 348.95
11. Matthew Dixon - Dive London Aquatics Club 348.60
12. Hugo Thomas - Dive London Aquatics Club 341.90
Women's 1m Springboard prelims
Grace Reid led the British qualifiers at the end of the Women's 1m Springboard prelims to kick-off Friday's action at Ponds Forge.
The double Olympian built well into the morning event and saved her top-scoring dive for last, tallying 54.60 points for her Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (105B), leaving her on 250.70 overall.
That was enough for second qualifier overall, behind Sweden's Emilia Nilsson Garip (265.30). Behind Grace were Kat Torrance in third overall on 246.05, with 2022 1m champion Yasmin Harper next up on 241.85.
The new-look finals format for 2023 sees 12 divers into the final.
The top 12 into the Women's 1m Springboard final
1. Emilia Nilsson Garip (Guest) - Sweden 265.30
2. Grace Reid - Dive London Aquatics Club 250.70
3. Katherine Torrance - City of Leeds Diving Club 246.05
4. Yasmin Harper - City of Sheffield Diving Club 241.85
5. Holly May Prasanto - City of Sheffield Diving Club 240.25
6. Maya Kutty - Southampton Diving Academy 235.00
7. Elena Bertocchi (Guest) - Italy 232.60
8. Clare Cryan (Guest) - City of Sheffield Diving Club 232.25
9. Evie Smith - Dive London Aquatics Club 223.60
10. Nina Janmyr (Guest) - Sweden 215.20
11. Amy Rollinson - Dive London Aquatics Club 212.90
12. Tilly Brown - Southampton Diving Academy 212.35
The British Diving Championships 2023 opened up with a platform synchro double to whet the appetite ahead of a packed schedule across days two, three and four.
Edinburgh Diving pair Libby Duke and Ellen Gillespie became British champions in the Women's 10m Synchro, their score of 238.35 points meaning an improvement in excess of 36 points from their showing at February's British National Diving Cup.
A Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist Pike (5152B) worth 59.16 in round four was the highlight for the Edinburgh duo, who have busy weekends ahead with 3m Synchro and individual 10m Platform contests yet to come.
Meanwhile, British Swimming Associate Performance Director gave his thoughts on the importance of this competition as a crucial step en route to Paris 2024 and qualifying Olympic quota spots later this year.
"It's difficult to overstate the importance of this event, not just in the context of this season but also the lead-in to Paris as well,. We're very clear in our own minds around what the goal is for the World Championships, and that's ultimately around qualification and qualifying as many [Olympic] spots as possible. Medals will come as a by-product of that," he said.
Thursday 25th May
Session 1 - Women's and Men's Platform Synchro Finals - 17.30
Friday 26th May
Session 2 - Women's 1m Springboard and Men's 3m Springboard Prelims - 10.00
Session 3 - Women's 1m Springboard, Men's 3m Springboard and Women's 3m Synchro Finals - 16.00
Saturday 27th May
Session 4 - Men's 1m Springboard and Women's 10m Platform Prelims - 10.00
Session 5 - Men's 1m Springboard, Women's 10m Platform and Men's 3m Synchro Finals - 16.00
Sunday 28th May
Session 6 - Women's 3m Springboard and Men's 10m Platform Prelims - 10.00
Session 7 - Women's 3m Springboard and Men's 10m Platform Finals - 15.00
Preview, Reports & News Features
- Kothari and Harper on top as Diving Champs concludes (28/05/2023)
- Andrea and Ross take British titles in style (27/05/2023)
- Harper and Houlden set springboard standard (26/05/2023)
- Path to Paris takes crucial step at British Diving Champs (25/05/2023)
- Sheffield Stage set for 2023 British Diving Championships (24/05/2023)
- Ponds Forge provides British Diving Champs platform
- British Diving Selection Policies 2023