Teenager Lois Toulson pulled off one of the biggest shocks in British Diving Championships history as she claimed the women’s 10m Platform title on day two in Plymouth.
The 15-year old City of Leeds diver scored 366.85 to take the title, finishing ahead of both reigning European champion Sarah Barrow and her Plymouth teammate Tonia Couch, who finished fourth in the FINA World Cup last season.
Toulson is highly regarded in diving circles, having won the Group B Platform title at last year’s European Junior Championships and silver in the same event at the World Junior Championships later in the year.
But few could have expected her to step up to the senior ranks in such style, receiving a 10 from one judge for her final dive – a back 2 ½ somersaults, 1 ½ twists – to finish with a higher tally than Barrow scored to win the senior European title last term.
Barrow dived consistently in her first competition since shin surgery in November and impressed to score 350.10 while Couch also showed glimpses of her best form to finish on 346.10.
Jack Laugher scooped his fourth British 3m Springboard title as he debuted his new dive list in Plymouth.
The 20-year old City of Leeds diver, who won World Cup bronze last season, scored 462.65 to take gold and finish ahead of Chris Mears, with whom he won Commonwealth 3m Synchro gold at Glasgow 2014.
Laugher’s newest addition to his dive list is the front 2 ½ somersaults triple twists piked which, with a degree of difficulty of 3.9, is now the highest tariff dive in his list.
And the new dive was performed in impressive style by Laugher, scoring 91.65 in the prelim and 83.85 in the final.
Mears was also on top form in the final, scoring 86.70 for his opening inward 3 ½ somersaults with tuck and 91.20 for his forward 4 ½ somersaults with tuck to keep the pressure on his training partner throughout.
City of Sheffield’s Jack Haslam, who won the 1m title on the opening day in Plymouth, claimed bronze on 387.15 although guest entries Yona Knight-Wisdom (Jamaica) and Oliver Dingley (Ireland) scored 390.00 and 388.25 respectively.
City of Sheffield’s Millie Fowler and Millie Haffety won the 3m Synchro crown on 266.13 while City of Leeds’ James Denny and Matty Lee warmed up for tomorrow’s individual 10m by scoring 373.14 as the only entrants in the 10m Synchro.