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- 21. July 2009.

British Gas divers show potential

  

The British Gas diving squad saw their youngest athlete reach the final of the women’s 10m Platform Synchro on the third day of competition which also saw Olympian Rebecca Gallantree impress in the 1m Springboard final.

 

Megan Sylvester (15) took to the boards this morning with her synchro partner Monique Gladding as they fought to seal qualification to the final in only their second international competition.

 

The prelim started with the athletes looking a bit nervous but they finished with strength as they qualified for the final in seventh place.

 

The final started with a promising dive and the girls looked on track to equal their prelim performance but they dropped their Inward 3 ½ Somersaults tucked.

 

Gladding and Sylvester picked themselves up for the final two rounds and they achieved good scores as they moved from ninth to sixth place with a final score of 306.90.

 

“This morning didn’t go exactly as we had trained for it to go,” Gladding said. “It is Megan’s first World Championships so we weren’t sure how she would take to the competition and so this morning was about having a hit out of our dives ready for the final.

 

“I don’t know about Megan but I was really nervous this morning but I spent some time between the events calming down and I was definitely more confident for the final.

 

“We are pleased with the scores although I think we could have scored higher but we are a new pair and it is the first time many of those judges would have seen us. To score that highly after dropping a dive is still good and I think there is a lot to come from us in the future.”

 

The women’s 1m Springboard Individual saw Rebecca Gallantree seal seventh place with a strong performance through the prelims and the final.

 

Gallantree finished in ninth place in the prelim with a score of 261.60 and as the final began she looked in good form as she scored 57.60 points on her first dive Inward 1 ½ Somersaults piked.

 

As the competition entered the third round the Olympian lay in eleventh place but she had the highest tariff dive of any of the divers in the competition, the Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults tucked with a degree of difficulty of 3.0, ready to pull out of the bag.

 

 

She performed the dive well and got good scores to move up the leader board four places to seventh. The final two dives were performed well and she secured seventh place with a score of 267.55.

 

“I really enjoyed it today,” Galantree said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect from the 1m Springboard because it isn’t my main event but I went into it wanting to enjoy myself.

 

“I got two personal best scores which is great. I scored 17 points higher than ever before this morning and then exceeded that by six points tonight.

 

It all went to plan and I am really pleased. The Reverse 2 ½ is always a bit nerve wracking because of the tariff of the dive but I know I can perform it well from training and so I kept that in my mind today.”

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