Plymouth's Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow go head to head for British diving title
DIVE partners Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow denied there will be any edge to their rivalry as the pair go head-to-head for a second national title at the Life Centre today.
Yesterday, European champions and Olympians Couch and Barrow were a symbiosis of athleticism, winning the 10m synchro crown on day one of the British Gas Diving Championships.
Today, the city stars go their own way in pursuit of a 10m individual title and golden double against a high-class field at Plymouth's multi-million pound venue.
Couch insisted pitting their skills against one another was nothing new for her and Barrow, whose friendship goes back the best part of two decades.
Couch, individual silver medallist at the Brits last year, said: "It's not a problem. We're used to competing against each other.
"We've been doing it since the age of seven when me and Sarah were both gymnasts.
"Some days I'll win and another, Sarah will come away with the title."
Barrow, who naturally will be keen to improve on fourth place at the championships in 2012, said: "It's whoever's best on the day, simple as that. We both know either of us can win, but we won't be taking anything for granted.
"We had a little bit of pressure on us (yesterday in the women's synchro) as it is the first competition of the year and first since the Olympics.
"But we worked very hard together last year and it paid off for us.
"That's what we'll continue to do this year. There are a lot of good competitions to look forward to."
Among the frontrunners bidding to upset the form book and nick the main prize from Couch and Barrow is City of Leeds Diving Club's Jenny Cowen.
The 21-year-old in tandem with Rebecca Gallantree finished runner-up to Barrow and Couch in the women's 10m synchro.
There will also be a great deal of local support for the city's fast-improving Shanice Lobb and Robyn Birch, two more of Plymouth Diving's talented set of divers.