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Record for Daley and Waterfield on opening day of Trials

8th June 2012

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield were crowned Men’s 10m Synchro national champions at the British Gas Diving Championships in Sheffield with a performance that set a new British record.

They also achieved a new personal best in the event, just weeks after they did the same at the FINA Diving World Series in Mexico.

To come out of the World Series as overall champions then come here and set a personal best is great.

The pair led the field at every stage of the competition, with a particularly impressive score of 97.02 for their Reverse 3 1/2 Somersaults. Although Waterfield slightly dropped their most difficult Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults dive, their score of 86.58 was enough to keep them top of the leaderboard.

They eventually finished with a total score of 475.77, more than 140 points ahead of Daniel Goodfellow (Cambridge) and Ross Haslam (Sheffield), who took silver on 333.72 and City of Leeds' James Denny and Joe Meszaros who won bronze on 320.52.

"To come out of the World Series as overall champions and then come here and set a new personal best is great," said Daley. "Everyone is very excited for the announcement of the Olympic team on Monday, so everyone's come to the Championships in the best shape they can be."

In the Women's 10m Synchro, Tonia Couch and and Sarah Barrow were the only competitors, but continued displaying the form that saw them win the same event at the European Championships in Eindhoven last month.

I dropped one of my dives so it wasn't the best we can do - if I'd got that it could have been 330 or more.

The pair put on a consistent performance, scoring mostly 8.0s and 8.5s in each of their five dives. Their first two required dives scored a total of 106.20, with their final Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/5 Twists giving their highest score of 77.76.

As well as winning Couch and Barrow the British title, their final score of 327.18 sets a personal best and a new British record for the event.

And having also won bronze at the FINA World Cup this season, Couch admits she is optimistic for the pair's Olympic chances.

"With the PB everything is going to plan and we're working really hard," said Couch. "I dropped one of my dives, so it wasn't the best we can do - if I'd got that it could have been 330 or more."

Defending champions Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears won gold in the Men's 3m Synchro to increase their chances of being selected for TeamGB this summer.

The pair began the competition well with a total of 100.80 points for their two required dives. They opened the optional rounds by scoring 77.22 for their Reverse 2 1/2 somersaults 1 1/2 twists, and continued to lead the scoreboard for their remaining three dives.

This is exactly where we need to be at this point with the Olympics coming up.

They ended the competition with an impressive 91.20 for their Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults, giving them a total score of 428.34, Robinson-Baker's highest total in winning this event over the past six years.

"This is exactly where we need to be at this point, with the Olympics coming up," said Mears. "We've put in a great performance, and done some really nice dives, and that's really positive looking forward to the Games and the selection on Monday."

Robinson-Baker added: "I feel in the best possible position I could be in physically and mentally. Since Beijing, we've come on a long way. We just need to get strong, get fit and mentally set to compete in the next 50 days."

Goodfellow won his second silver of the day, teaming up with Sheffield's Freddie Woodward to score 371.34 while Josh Dowd (Leeds College) and Charles Calvert (Leeds) took bronze on 366.69.

Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg faced some stiff competition before eventually defending their Women's 3m Synchro crowns.

That was a great performance, and we've had a really good year, so fingers crossed and we'll see on Monday.

Although they led after their first two dives with a score of 101.40, they dropped their Reverse 2 1/2 Somersaults to score 59.40.

However, they made up for it with their next dive, the Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults, which gave them a score of 72.90 points.

They finished the competition with 300.30 points - well ahead of the 258.90 they achieved to finish fifth at the European Championships last month.

Looking ahead to when the Olympic team will be announced, Gallantree said: "That was a great performance, and we've had a really good year, so fingers crossed and we'll see on Monday."

Francesca Del Celo (Crystal Palace) and Grace Reid (Edinburgh) won silver on 276.03 while Crystal Palace's Amber Sheppard and Emily Moses took bronze on 243.84.

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