Couch and Toulson easily retain British platform synchro title in Edinburgh

PLYMOUTH’S Tonia Couch and her Yorkshire diving partner Lois Toulson comfortably retained their British 10m women’s synchro title at Edinburgh on Saturday.

The Olympians scored 307.26 points with some great consistent diving. The highlight was their third round forward three-and-a-half somersault, which scored them 74.70 points.

They finished more than 50 points ahead of Southampton’s Tanya Watson and Lucy Hawkins, who were second with 256.74 points.

Couch was not competing in the individual platform event. The prelims for that took place before the synchro final and Toulson was the top qualifier for Sunday’s final with 325.85 points.

Plymouth’s Shanice Lobb also made that final. She finished sixth in the prelims with 267.10 points.

Former Plymouth Diving member Robyn Birch qualified in fourth position with 278.20 points.

Plymouth youngster Aidan Heslop missed out on reaching the three-metre final, finishing 10th in Saturday’s preliminary round, which was won by his former team-mate Dan Goodfellow, who now competes for Leeds.

Heslop, though, will compete in Sunday’s 10m platform final, alongside Matthew Dixon.

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