2019 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, April 16th – Sunday, April 21st
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
- Prelims at 10am local (5am Eastern)/Finals at 6:30pm local (1:30pm Eastern)
- SwimSwam Selection Analysis
- SwimSwam Elite Men Preview/SwimSwam Elite Women Preview
- SwimSwam Emerging Women Preview/SwimSwam Emerging Men Preview
- Final Start Lists
- Day 1 Prelims Recap/Day 1 Finals Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Recap/Day 2 Finals Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Recap/Day 3 Finals Recap
- Day 4 Prelims Recap
- Live Results
We saw some downright heroics last night in the form of young Jacob Whittle lowering his 100m free time to 50.34 en route to becoming the fastest 14-year-old 100m freestyler in the world…ever.
And, we also saw Matt Richards produce a stellar 49.98 to become the first-ever 16-year-old to dip under the 50-second threshold in the same event.
But not to be left out of the spotlight is 16-year-old Ellesmere Titan Charlie Hutchison, who put up a powerful performance in the men’s 400m IM last night at the 2019 British Swimming Championships.
Entering this competition, the Ellesmere Titan’s personal best in the 400m IM event was the 4:20.55 he produced at last year’s European Junior Championships for 5th place. Prior to that, at the 2018 edition of these British Championships Hutchison wrangled up 4:23.57 for silver behind Tom Dean.
Everything changed last night in Glasgow, however, as Hutchison busted out a 400m IM mark of 4:19.34 to wind up 5th in the open senior final. At just 16, Hutchison now ranks as the 22nd fastest British performer of all-time with this first sub-4:20 performance of his career.
Hutchison now also sits as the 2nd fastest British 16-year-old performer ever in the event, with only Matthew Johnson‘s mighty 4:16.53 from 2012 sitting ahead of him in the British age rankings.
For perspective, Hutchison’s time would rank 5th among all-time U.S. 16-year-old performers, positioned ahead of the likes of Jake Foster and Andrew Seliskar.
Worldwide, Hutchison’s performance now boosts him to the #4 spot in the 18&U age group, with only the men below ranking ahead of him:
- Yuuki Ikari (JPN), 4:13.54, 2019 Japan Swimming Championships
- Brendon Smith (AUS), 4:14.91, 2019 Australian Championships
- Maxim Stupin, (RUS), 4:16.30, 2019 Russia Championships