Swain secures national diving title in Sheffield

PUBLISHED: 11:04 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

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Great Britain's Ben Swain.

PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM - GB Diving Team - 28th LEN European Swimming Championships 2006 - Budapest, Hungary - 01/08/06. Copyright - Simon Wilkinson - 07811 267706. Great Britain's Ben Swain.

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FORMER Monk's Walk school pupil Ben Swain is celebrating after scooping yet another diving accolade at the British Diving Championships 2009 in Sheffield. Olympic 3m synchro pair Swain and Nicholas Robinson-Baker unveiled three new dives at the British Ch

FORMER Monk's Walk school pupil Ben Swain is celebrating after scooping yet another diving accolade at the British Diving Championships 2009 in Sheffield.

Olympic 3m synchro pair Swain and Nicholas Robinson-Baker unveiled three new dives at the British Championships and they scored consistently to take the national title for the second year running.

Swain, whose family live in Welwyn, and Robinson-Baker looked in charge of the event from their first dive in the men's 3m synchro final.

And although they dropped marks in their inward three-and-a-half somersault tucked and the reverse two-and-a-half somersaults one-and-a-half twists piked, they remained in the lead because of the increased tariff on the dives.

The Olympic finalists finished with their forward two-and-a-half somersaults two twists piked and scored a total of 76.50 to take the gold with a total score of 365.28.

"It was great to get out there and compete for the first time since Beijing," said Swain, who started his career at the Hatfield-based Beaumont Diving Academy.

"Our new dives were ok and we know what we need to do to make sure we score higher when we use them next time.

"We have been doing a lot of weight work and fitness training to make sure we can continue to compete on an international stage."

Former WGC schoolboy Swain and diving partner Robinson-Baker finished seventh in a world-class field in the men's 3m synchronised springboard final at the Beijing Olympics.

It was the best performance yet by a British pair in the synchro diving competition in the Far East, finishing with a total score of 402.36.

The home pair of Feng Wang and Kai Qin scored 469.08 to reclaim the Olympic title for China.

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