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City of Leeds divers enjoy medal haul

6 Feb 2010

The City of Leeds Diving Club enjoyed a medal haul on the second day of the British Gas National Cup 2010 with a total of four medals.

Helen Galashan, who won bronze at the 2009 European Diving Championships, claimed the National title in the women’s 10m Individual after performing consistently throughout the competition.

The City of Leeds diver specialises in the 10m Synchro with her twin sister and went into the Individual final ranked in fourth place.

Galashan had the ideal start to the competition after scoring nines for her Inward 2 ½ Somersaults piked and she looked strong in the remaining rounds.

Her final dive gave her a score of 59.20 points which gave a total of 337.90 to win the gold.

“I am so shocked right now,” Galashan said. “I came into this competition with no expectations or aims and it is so good to have won that gold.

“That is my best ever score. My Inward was a great way to start the competition. I have never scored nines on that dive before. I do prefer the synchro because it is with my sister so anything I do with my individual is a bonus for me.”

City of Leeds’ Sarah Barrow made her return from injury to win silver with 323.45 points and Brooke Graddon (Plymouth Diving) won bronze in 319.60.

Olympian Rebecca Gallantree and her club-mate Alicia Blagg won their second gold medals of the competition when they finished first in the women’s 3m Synchro.

The City of Leeds pair made a good start to the competition with steady required dives. But they dropped marks on the Front 3 ½ Somersaults  tucked and the Back 2 ½ Somersaults piked to let Hayley Sage and Jessica Williams (Crystal Palace) over take them.

The final round saw Gallantree and Blagg use the Front 2 ½ Somersaults 1 Twist piked and they scored 70.20 points to give them a total of 272.40. Sage and Williams performed their Inward 2 ½ Somersaults tucked but couldn’t catch the City of Leeds pair and they settled for silver with 265.92 points.

“That was quite a nerve wracking final for us,” Gallantree said. “However, we are pretty pleased to have won the event. We both dropped the front dive but we managed to pick up a couple of synchro marks. The back dive could have been better but it was ok.

“Then it was all down to our last dive and we were happy with how that went and this is a good starting point for our new partnership.”

Bronze went to Hannah Starling and Grace Reid (City of Leeds and Edinburgh DC respectively) after scoring 264.18.

Harrogate District’s Oliver Dingley pulled out an impressive performance in the men’s 3m Individual to beat Olympian’s Nick Robinson-Baker and Blake Aldridge to the gold medal.

The 17-year-old didn’t compete well in his prelim but looked more confident for the final. From the first dive he remained with the mix for the medals but found himself behind Robinson-Baker.

World Championship diver, Robinson-Baker, dropped his penultimate dive, the Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults tucked, and let Dingley take the lead.

The final round saw Dingley perform his Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked well to finish the final with 407.45. Robinson-Baker (City of Sheffield) was the only diver that could overtake Dingley but even though he executed his Inward 3 ½ Somersaults tucked well he finished with 391.70.

“What I have just done is amazing,” Dingley said. “I am a little bit speechless. I have just beaten two Olympians and that is just incredible. I was quite nervous before the final dive because I knew I had to do it well. I kept trying not to look at the scoreboard but I couldn’t help it. My heart was beating so fast. I really want to compete at the Commonwealth Games this year and I hope that has helped me get there.”

Aldridge (Crystal Palace) won bronze with a score of 384.00.

It was the debut of new pairing Peter Waterfield and Max Brick in the men’s 10m Synchro and they used the British Gas National Cup to showcase their list of dives.

They performed their Back 3 ½ Somersaults tucked to scores of nines and finished their final dive to a total score of 415.11.

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