2015 British Swimming Championships: O’Connor On Course For Second Title After Day 3 Prelims

In a notably relaxed heat swim, Siobhan Marie O’Connor returned to the pool this morning for the Women’s 200m Individual Medley on day three of the British Swimming Championships 2015.

Cruising to the finish in 2:12.46, O’Connor held off Garioch’s Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott (London Aquatics Centre Performance) as they head one, two, and three into tonight’s final.

With four sub-two minute swims from the heats, the Men’s Open 200m Backstroke final will be one to watch tonight. Plymouth Leander’s Joe Patching paves the way with a new best of 1:59.03 and joining him in the centre lanes will be youngster Luke Greenbank who smashed the British age group record in this morning’s heats.

Jonny Carlise and Craig McNally will also be in close contention for the medals.

Just 0.2 seconds separate the top four qualifiers through to the Women’s Open 100m Backstroke final tonight. Francesca Halsall swam a personal best of 1:00.63 to fend off National Centre, Loughborough team-mate Georgia Davies, Elizabeth Simmonds (National Centre, Bath) and Lauren Quigley (Stockport Metro).

Stephen Milne is the man to beat in the Men’s 1500m metres as he heads up the field in lane 4. Either side of him go Commonwealth bronze medallist Daniel Jervis and yesterday’s 200m butterfly silver medallist Jay Lelliott – both swimmers within five seconds of the leader.

The fastest heat of the Women’s 800m Freestyle will see last night’s 400m champion Jazz Carlin in the pool again and looking to defend her 2014 crown.

With a 15 second advantage she’s on course for the win, but the showdown for silver looks set to be a three women race between Derwentside’s Jessica Thielmann, City of the Sheffield’s Eleanor Faulkner and City of Glasgow’s Camilla Hattersley.

  • Click here for full results from the morning.
  • Click here to download the FINA World Long Course Championships 2015 Selection Policy.

This press release is courtesy of British Swimming.

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Iain

O’Connor qualified under the standard.
Poor in the women’s 100m back, Simmonds winning in 1:00.03. Real shame to have no-one under a minute, especially disappointing from Georgia Davies (4th).

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