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Couch and Barrow defend British title in Plymouth

February 9, 2013 09:48 am

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow keep getting better as a pair after they defended their 10m synchro title at the British Gas Diving Championships with another national mark.

Couch and Barrow claimed gold at last year’s British Championships in Sheffield with a best score of 327.18 and extended that as the event moved to their home pool in Plymouth.

Competing together for the first time in 2013 after a 2012 that saw them produce record-breaking performances with bronze at the final World Series leg and gold at the Europeans Championships they scored 327.66.

That gave Couch and Barrow, who finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympics, victory by over 20 points ahead of silver medalists Rebecca Gallantree and Jenny Cowen while Georgia Ward and Shanice Lobb took bronze.

And Barrow, who moved from the City of Leeds club to Plymouth in order to be closer to Couch in the aftermath of London 2012, admitted there is more to come from them as a pair.

“Since I moved to Plymouth and since the Olympics we’ve been focusing on our optionals,” said Barrow. “Being able to practice them together every day has definitely helped with them.

“It helped competing in our usual pool as well because we know where our spots are. When you go away, you’ve only been training at a pool for three or four days before an event.

“So, for me, I felt nervous but comfortable I knew where my dives were.”

Meanwhile Alicia Blagg and Oliver Dingley took the women’s and men’s titles in the non-Olympic 1m springboard event, the former setting a new British record like Couch and Barrow.

Blagg, who finished seventh in the 3m synchro with Gallantree at London 2012 and won the 1m springboard title as a 13-year-old in 2010, produced a new national mark of 273.15.

Clare Cryan took silver with 238.80 and Grace Reid claimed bronze just behind with 237.60 while Dingley, the 2011 men’s 1m champion, beat off competition from Olympians Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.

Dingley was awarded 385.30 for his routines with Laugher second with 374.75 and Mears, who was ninth in the 3m individual and fifth in the 3m synchro with Nick Robinson-Baker at London 2012, third with 362.90.

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