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Swimming - 24. February 2012.

Gallantree seals Olympic place

Rebecca Gallantree became the third diver of the week to seal Great Britain an Olympic quota place as she finished ninth in the 3m Springboard preliminaries.

Following on from Monique Gladding (10m Platform) and Chris Mears (3m Springboard), the 27-year old eased through the preliminary, scoring consistently throughout her five dives.

Her opening dive - a forward 2 ½ somersaults, 1 twist piked - was the best of her list, scoring 72 and setting the tone for her performance.

And Gallantree admitted the crowd had played its part in seeing her through to tomorrow morning's semi-final.

"It was fantastic out there - the crowd was just amazing," said Gallantree. "Standing on that board having the whole place cheering for you was really inspiring.

"I was really pleased with my performance. It was actually just one point off my pb that I scored at nationals last month so I'm a little bit annoyed because my last dive could have been better.

"But overall I'm really pleased."

Gallantree's City of Leeds teammate Hannah Starling was also in action in the 3m Springboard preliminaries but missed out on the 18-woman semi-final spot by just 6.35 points, finishing an agonising 19th place for the second World Cup in succession.

The 16-year old scored 293.95 - more than 50 points more than her tally from 2010 and a score which would have seen her reach the semi-final at last year's World Championships in Shanghai.

And Starling admitted her performance has put in her good stead to secure a second Olympic quota place for Great Britain in the 3m Springboard dive off on the final day in London.

"I'm really happy with the way I dived and it was an incredible feeling," said Starling. "I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

"It was amazing standing on the board knowing the whole crowd are behind you.

"I'm just going to go to the dive-off and do my best and hopefully do all my dives like I know I can."
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