Armada Cup 2017
11 February 2017
February 11th saw the Cambridge Dive Team start their 2017 competitive year in Plymouth for the annual Armada Cup championships and they started with a strong indicator that they plan for a big year. The championships are a 4-day event encompassing all aspects of diving with individual, synchro, high diving and team events.
Starting with the synchronised diving events, Cambridge diver Frankie Webb put in a solid performance with her Luton Diving partner to take away the gold medal in the girls' Under 13 1m synchro. Teammates Catherine Lopez and Isabella Given finished in a respectable sixth while Albie Vaughan and Kyron Roberts came fifth in the boys' event.
Day two saw rankie Webb in equally good form finishing the preliminary rounds of the girls 12-13 years 1m event in third, then stepping up in the final to take home a silver medal. Day two also saw the first of the weekend's many personal bests from Frankie's teammates.
On day three it was Elora Graham who came through strong, securing herself a spot in the final of the girls 14-15 years 3-metre event. Elora finished the day in sixth place and her teammates once again took away a healthy collection of personal best scores.
After waiting patiently all weekend, Olivia Blower took to the boards in the Women's platform event earning herself a place in the final with a strong performance. Once again Olivia achieved yet another personal best in the final, finishing fourth overall and wrapping up a great weekend for the team.
Head Coach Aaron Paul was delighted with the weekend's performances and the promising signs they showed for the future. "By the end of the weekend we'd hit double figures in personal bests as well as having two new divers compete with the national age group team, which as a coach is exactly where I want to be at these early events in the year. We've come away from the event feeling really positive about the next few and are now training with a great feeling of shared excitement for what comes next in the year."
The full team from Cambridge for the Armada Cup Championships was: Albie Vaughan, Kyron Roberts, Zara Wray, Frankie Webb, Isabella Given, Catherine Lopez, Malaika Graham, Macy Dexter, Dominic Jaunzens, Elora Graham and Olivia Blower.