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Vincent impresses at her first senior FINA Grand Prix meeting

victoria vincentPLYMOUTH Diving’s Victoria Vincent continued her good form by finishing fourth in her first senior FINA Grand Prix meeting at the weekend in Italy.

Vincent, who recently became European girls’ B platform champion, set a new personal best in the semi-finals in Bolzano.

The 15-year-old competing for Great Britain finished fourth in the prelims with 301.95 points, before scoring an impressive 322.35 points to take second in her semi-final group.

Vincent, now back to her best after a long spell out after suffering a detached retina in late 2014, could not quite repeat her semi performance in the final, but once again topped the 300-point mark to finish as the top European behind Japan’s Minami Itahashi, China Miya Suo and Canada’s Celina Toth.

The teenager said on social media afterwards: “Had such a good experience in Bolzano for my first senior Grand Prix. Came fourth in my platform event and also got a new PB in my semi-final with 322points. So happy with my result it was great to dive with some of those who will compete at the Rio Olympics.”

Vincent’s Plymouth Diving team-mate Shanice Lobb, who took silver in the girls’ A platform event at the recent European Junior Championships, reached the semi-finals in the same competition.

Club team-mate and European boys’ A champion Matthew Dixon made the semi-finals of the men’s event with 394.65 points in the prelims. He came fifth in his semi, with only the top three progressing.

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