Swain looking to make a splash

PUBLISHED: 17:50 04 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009

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Great Britain's Benjamin Swain competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Prelims.

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM - Diving - 28th LEN European Swimming Championships 2006 - Budapest, Hungary - 04/08/06. Copyright - Simon Wilkinson - 07811 267706. Great Britain's Benjamin Swain competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Prelims.

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DIVER Ben Swain says he and his synchro partner are more prepared than ever as they gear up for the biggest two months of their careers so far. Olympic qualification and an international competition await the two before the end of June. Former WGC schoo

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Great Britain's Ben Swain.

DIVER Ben Swain says he and his synchro partner "are more prepared than ever" as they gear up for the biggest two months of their careers so far.

Olympic qualification and an international competition await the two before the end of June.

Former WGC schoolboy Swain, alongside diving partner Nicholas Robinson-Baker, will be in action at the FINA Diving World Series in Sheffield later this month.

But their immediate goal comes soon after.

Swain, who went to Monk's Walk School, and Robinson-Baker will attempt to qualify for the men's 3m synchro diving event at this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

The national champions have already guaranteed Great Britain a spot in the event in China, but have to dive-off to make sure they get the prized place.

In the inaugural World Series competition in 2007, the pair came away as Great Britain's only medallists.

Swain, whose family live in Welwyn, said: "Last year we expected to dive well, our training had been perfect in the lead up and we would have been disappointed to have come away without a medal."

On May 24-25, the 22-year-old former Beaumont Diving Academy star will once again be competing in the event.

"This year we are more prepared than ever before," he said.

"We have the bonus of having more international competition under our belt and this will help us deal with the pressure of competing on home soil better."

The World Series sees some of the best divers on the planet come together, so will be an excellent warm-up for Olympic hopefuls like Swain and Robinson Baker.

"This is perfect preparation for the Olympics as only the top eight divers in the world will be there and this is a great opportunity to test ourselves before we try to guarantee our place for the Olympics at the National Championships in June.

"We have a plan in place in the run up to the Olympics and we need to keep that clear in our heads as we enter every competition in the next few months.


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