Plymouth's Alex Kostov and Sheffield's Rhian Humpage were the two major winners on the opening day of the 2015 ASA National Age Group Diving Championships as they won 3m Springboard golds respectively in the oldest Group A age group.
Kostov is no stranger to success at this competition, having won 1m, 3m and 3m Synchro gold 12 months ago.
It looked pretty tough in training, but it turned out a few others had a bad day.
And the 16-year old returned to the top spot of the podium for two of those events on the first day at Ponds Forge, teaming up with Owen Weymouth in the 3m Synchro then going it alone to win the individual by a clear 32 points.
“It feels good to win again,” said Kostov. “I was worried because the competition this year is quite tough. It looked pretty tough in training, but it turned out a few others had a bad day."
Humpage also has a winning record at this event, with victories in the Group A 1m Springboard and Platform from 12 months ago.
And while the 16-year old finished fifth in the 3m Springboard at last year's event, she jumped up to top spot this time out, scoring 307.35 to hold off Crystal Palace challengers Isobel Ruff (301.05) and Lexie Howard (299.45).
“It was a really good competition but I wasn’t expecting to win,” said Humpage. “I have been training really hard and I just hoped for the best.
“I was happy with my back and reverse 2 ½ they’re quite unpredictable dives and reverse is a new dive, and they both went really well."
Ruff and Howard combined for silver in the Group A 3m Synchro behind Plymouth's Jenny Bunsell and Aimee Fishleigh while Crystal Palace's pair of Evie Smith and Callie Eaglestone went one better in the Group C/D/E2 1m Synchro.
City of Sheffield claimed the other NAG title of the day, with Francis Curtis and Joseph Pashley scoring 156.66 to take the Boys' Group C/D/E2 1m Synchro title.