ESSA 2019 Review
The 70th anniversary of the English Schools Swimming Association saw a South West team of divers compete at the prestigious London Aquatics Centre last Sunday.
In a close fought contest Yvie Tucker from St. Matthew’s Primary Academy won the silver medal in the primary girls section. The primary boys all finished in the top 8; Evan Walker 5th, Alex Whittaker 7th and Oscar Westbury 8th.
Scarlett Colbourne was just out of reach of the bronze medal in the junior section by 0.2 points. Ben Kearton also missed out on a medal placing 4th and Archie Waines 7th for the boys.
Olive Ullyatt from Southampton was the only diver not from Plymouth Diving. She was the highest scoring girl in the intermediate section finishing 6th. The two top intermediate boys were ahead of the rest of the competitors with Euan McCabe from Hele’s School claiming the silver medal.
Three senior girls from Plymouth battled it out all finishing in the top 6. Evie McCabe fought back after her first dive to finish in 4th position leaving team mate Abby Fishleigh from Plymouth High to take the bronze with a lead of just 0.3 points. Maria Marasescu finished 6th. Two senior boys battled for first place and it all came down to the last dive. Curtis Yeun who attends Plymouth College was pipped to the post and finished with the third silver medal for the team.
Other divers taking part in the competition were Lexi Davies, Rose McCabe, Ellie Pearce, Amelie Underwood, Lucy Gutierrez-Freeman, Maia Pearson, Jack Kinsman-Moore and Ben Hall.
Coaches for the competition were Ashley Hendrick and Harry Mason.
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ESSA 2019 Review