Rufus Bord delivers record-breaking display at Cambridge Dive Team's trophy gala
Rufus Bord produced a record-breaking performance at Cambridge Dive Team’s annual Harley Winster Trophy Gala.
In the novice event, divers perform two dives from the 1m board, two dives from the 3m springboard and one from the 5m platform.
After two rounds, just 10 points separated the top four but Bord pulled clear with two stunning back movements from the 3m board and then a polished dive from the 5m for a total of 142 points, beating the previous record by 20 points.
Amelia Aldridge and Zia Gordon also bettered the previous record, with Aldridge scoring 137.20 for the silver medal and Gordon scoring 136.85 for the bronze.
In the aquabats section, Jessica Bloomfield won with 137.90 after scoring sevens and eights for her back dive and inward dives on the 1m. Marta Morgan took the silver medal with 114.30 and Etienne Bloomfield claimed bronze with 94.75.
Eve Morrison stamped her authority on the junior competition in the first three dives.
She went on to take the title with 152.75, Daisy Halls was second with 143.90 and Honor Creasy was third with 142.50.
The senior divers were required to perform six dives, with two from each board.
Five of the seven competitors scored more than 40 points on at least one of their dives.
Frankie Webb scored highly on her front double somersault and twisting somersaults to win the event with 222.20. Elora Graham produced the highest scoring dive of the day – a forward two-and-a-half somersault on 3m – to finish second with 218.35. Isabella Given went from sixth to third after her inward one-and-a-half somersault from 5m.
Bord won the Raw Score Award, presented to the diver with the highest judges’ score independent of tariff, for his three 8.5s on his back fall from the 3m board.
Coaches Alice Clarke and Dan Murphy said: “This was an awesome event with some excellent diving. It was good to see so many competitors, and particularly the younger members, impressively raising the standard. All very positive for 2019.”