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Bent-Ashmeil, Houlden and Dixon star as Brits hit the podium at Rostock

Desharne Bent-Ashmeil, Jordan Houlden and Matthew Dixon all took to the top step of the podium as Great Britain’s divers impressed at the ’66th International Divers Day’ event in Rostock, Germany.

They won a title apiece as the eight-strong British team returned home with seven medals from the World Aquatics recognised four day event.

The event opened with a British one-two in the Men’s 1m Springboard final where Dixon edged out Houlden for the gold.

Dive London’s Dixon put in a consistent display to score 373.35 from his six dives to finish 22 points clear of his compatriot.

Dixon was never outside the medal places throughout the contest and once he took the lead in round three he never looked back.

Half of his dives scored more than 60 points with his best effort coming in the final round when he earned 69.50 for his Inwards 2.5 Somersault Tuck to cement his position at the top of the standings.

He was followed closely by Houlden who came through the pack from seventh place after round three to seal a spot in the top two.

The City of Sheffield diver scored a total of 351.50 as he held off Canada’s Tazman Abramowicz (342.10) and Ukraine’s Bohdan Chyzhovskyi (340.75).

Amy Rollinson made it three medals on the opening night for Great Britain as she claimed second place in the Women’s 1m Springboard final.

Rollinson finished just 0.55 ahead of Poland’s Kaja Skrzek as the Commonwealth bronze medallist upgraded to silver in Germany.

She scored 240.40 for her five dives with her Reverse 2.5 Somersault Tuck her highest scoring dive, earning her 54.00 points.

Springboard success

Houlden and Bent-Ashmeil then took to the top step after the two Brits won the two 3m Springboard events.

Firstly it was Houlden who took to the boards to go one better than his second place finish in the 1m final on Friday.

He dominated the field as he led from the off to come away with the title thanks to an impressive score of 472.20.

He was a class apart throughout with his final two dives standing out where he scored more than 85 points apiece.

His fifth round Back 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck scored 86.40 before his forward 4 ½ Somersault Tuck earned an incredible score of 89.30 from the judges. Those dives helped him to finish almost 55 points ahead of his nearest challenger – Dutoit Guillaume (Switzerland).

It was a much closer contest in the Women’s 3m Springboard on Saturday where Bent-Ashmeil led a top five that were separated by just 15 points.

It was the Brit who held her nerve however with her strongest dive in round three putting her to the top of the leaderboard which she held onto for the rest of the event.

Her total was 291.55 with Germany’s Jette Muller finishing just 3.75 points further back.

European Games silver medallist Robbie Lee repeated that result in the Men’s 10m Platform on the final night in Germany.

Lee scored 462.15 – improving on his score of 413.20 from his result in Poland last summer – as he continues to impress at senior level.

The Southampton Diving Academy athletes’ lowest scoring dive was 69.30 proving his consistency.

He closed out his list with his forward 4 ½ Somersault Tuck that received a total of 86.95 from the judges to promote him to second ahead of Germany’s Jaden Eikermann and just under four points behind Canada’s Benjamin Tessier.

Great Britain’s final medal came courtesy of Bent-Ashmeil and Rollinson in the Women’s 3m Synchro.

The long standing duo recorded a total of 281.70 as the pair each added their second medal in Rostock.

Germany’s Muller and Lena Hentschel were just ahead of the British duo throughout the five rounds of diving but despite their best efforts they couldn’t quite oust the Germans for gold.

There were also some promising performances from up and coming divers.

Maisie Bond placed eighth in her first individual senior international event in the Women’s Platform final whilst European Junior medallist Euan McCabe was seventh in the Men’s Platform final.

You can find all the results from the 66th International Divers Day in Rostock here.

Images: British Swimming

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