Georgia Ward and Emily Boyd upset the odds to claim the women’s 10m Synchro title on the opening day of the 2016 National Cup in Southend.
Competing for the first time together, the Dive London pair scored 306.30 to hold off favourites Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson and claim gold.
The result was a first national title for both divers, and Boyd’s first domestic medal competing as a British diver, having switched allegiances from Australia in 2014.
"We've both worked really hard and we just wanted to show that up there today," - Georgia Ward
“It means so much to win,” Ward told British Swimming. “It’s my first National title and I know how much it means to Emily too. We’ve both worked really hard and we just wanted to show that up there today.
“We were a bit nervous going in but we know each other so well so we know what each other needs when we compete.”
Four-time World Championship finalist Couch and reigning British champion Toulson were also competing together for the first time, having begun training as a synchro partnership at the end of 2015.
They showed glimpses of their potential as a partnership, scoring 72 for their inward 3 ½ somersaults with tuck, but fell narrowly short of top spot on 297.72 while Plymouth pair Robyn Birch and Victoria Vincent took bronze on 285.48.
Woodward back on top in 1m
City of Sheffield’s Freddie Woodward returned to the top of the national podium with victory in the men’s 1m Springboard.
Having missed much of last year with injury, the 2014 British champion scored 374.05 in the final to finish ahead of City of Leeds’ James Denny on 365.35.
Irish guest entry Oliver Dingley finished third on 339.30 while City of Sheffield’s Jordan Houlden won the domestic bronze on 314.60.
Edinburgh’s Grace Reid upgraded from silver two years ago to claim gold in the women’s 1m Springboard.
The 19-year old, who is a former British champion on the 3m, scored 254.55 to take the title, exactly 10 points ahead of City of Sheffield’s Clare Cryan (244.55) with Plymouth’s three-time British champion Rhea Gayle (239.95) in third.
In the other two events on day one, City of Sheffield’s Ross Haslam and Jordan Houlden scored 363.18 to win the 3m Synchro title while Grace Reid and James Heatly were the only entries in the Mixed 3m Synchro and scored 264.60