Couch claims 10m double at British Diving Championships
February 10, 2013 09:45 am
Tonia Couch admitted she made exactly the improvements she wanted after completing a 10m double at the British Gas Diving Championships on her home boards in Plymouth.
The 23-year-old began the Championships by retaining her 10m synchro title with Sarah Barrow, the pair bettering the British record they set on the way to gold last year.
But, unlike last year where Couch was second in the 10m platform at the Olympic trials, she did the double in the absence of defending champion Stacie Powell.
Couch, the 2011 British 10m platform champion, scored 365.20 to beat synchro partner Barrow, who manage a combined effort of 297.25, to gold in Plymouth.
Georgia Ward took bronze, her first senior national individual medal, with a score of 292.90 with Couch satisfied with the strides she has taken since last year.
Couch missed out on selection for the 10m platform at the London 2012 Olympics but enjoyed a successful year with Barrow with the 2012 European champions finishing fifth at the Games.
And Couch said: “I’m really pleased. I scored three more points than I did at the Olympic trials and my hardest dive was my best.
“That’s probably the highest I’ve ever got on that dive so I couldn’t believe it when I got out of the pool and everyone was cheering 9s and 9.5s.
“Last year I felt I had a lot to improve and this year I’ve gone along and done that. I know I can do better so you never know, I might get higher next time.
“There was a bit of pressure but a little bit of nerves is always good and I’m pleased I could hold it together.”
Alicia Blagg was also celebrating a British double on day two as she won 3m synchro gold with training partner Rebecca Gallantree a day after claiming the 1m springboard title.
Blagg and Gallantree were seventh at London 2012 and scored their highest total as partnership, 312.24, to claim the British 3m synchro title for the third successive time.
Jack Laugher achieved the same feat in the 3m individual event to exact revenge on Oliver Dingley who beat the two-time world junior champion from 2012 to gold in the 1m equivalent.
Laugher, who also competed at London 2012, scored more than 60 more points than Dingley with his winning total 448.10 while Daniel Goodfellow claimed his first senior national individual medal with bronze.
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