Plymouth Diving’s Robyn Birch misses out on semis at Canada Cup

RobynA DROPPED second dive proved costly for Plymouth Diving’s Robyn Birch at the Canada Cup FINA Grand Prix in Gatineau.

The University of St Mark and St John student just missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals of the women’s platform competition.

Birch, representing Great Britain, finished 15th in the preliminary round of the competition that attracts divers from around the world.

Although normally a top 12 finish would have been required to progress, on this occasion 14th spot would have secured Birch a semi-final place as two of the top 12 were ineligible for the next round.

Birch missed out on 14th place by just six points. The city diver showed great determination to comeback after scoring just 16.50 points for her second dive. Her final three efforts all scored 60 points of more.

Birch will now turn her attention to the synchro event, where she will be competing alongside Georgia Ward.

Although Birch missed out on progressing, her Great Britain team-mate Lois Toulson made it through to the final.

The 15-year-old, making her senior international debut, finished fifth in the prelims and the came second in her semi-final, beating Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games synchro medallist Meaghan Benfeito on the way.


Leave a Reply