2016 British Championships: Day Three Prelims Live Recap


*Note on Finals Session: The schedule of events will feature three finals – a senior final targeted at the Rio Olympics and European Championships in London, a Target Tokyo Final for potential additions to the European Championship in London and a Junior Final for those looking to qualify for the European Junior Championships in Hungary. For the purposes of this article’s context, we will be reporting on the ‘senior final’ of each event.

Men’s 100 Freestyle

  • British Record – Simon Burnett – 48.20
  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 48.16

Ben Proud was the top qualifier in the men’s 100 freestyle posting a time of 48.68. He was 16 one-hundredths of a second off his best time that he put up at the Edinburgh International in just a month ago. Proud finished 23rd in this event at the World Championships in Kazan.

18 year old Duncan Scott posted a very impressive 48.81 to qualify for the men’s semi-final with the second fastest time. Scott improved on his lifetime best of 49.19 by 38 one-hundredths of a second. His time is also a new British Age Group record.

His time is also a Scottish national record beating the time of 49.17 put up by Robbie Renwick in 2013.

Robbie Renwick qualified with the third fastest time of 49.32.

  1. Ben Proud – 48.68
  2. Duncan Scott – 48.81
  3. Robbie Renwick – 49.32
  4. Adam Barrett – 49.49
  5. Ieun Lloyd – 49.86
  6. James Disney-May – 49.87
  7. Kieran McGuckin – 50.12
  8. Callum Jarvis – 50.17

Women’s 200 Butterfly

  • British Record – Ellen Gandy – 2:04.83
  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 2:06.51

Alys Thomas was the top qualifier posting a time of 2:09.28. Thomas who finished fourth in this event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games has a lifetime best of 2:08.62.

Jemma Lowe is attempting to qualify for her third Olympic team. Lowe swam the event at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, finishing sixth in London. Lowe recorded a time of 2:11.04 over five seconds over her lifetime best of 2:05.36.

Aimee Willmott qualified for the semi-final with the third fastest time. Willmott, who finished 19th in this event in Kazan, put up a 2:11.57. Willmott has a lifetime best of 2:07.97 that she posted in 2013.

  1. Alys Thomas – 2:09.28
  2. Jemma Lowe – 2:11.04
  3. Aimee Willmott – 2:11.57
  4. Emily Large – 2:11.63
  5. Laura Stephens – 2:11.77
  6. Amelia Clynes – 2:13.33
  7. Charlotte Atkinson – 2:13.41
  8. Emma Smithhurst – 2:13.43

Men’s 400 IM

  • British Record – Daniel Wallace – 4:11.04
  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 4:12.08

Max Litchfield was the top qualifier in the men’s 400 IM putting up a time of 4:17.09 just over two seconds away from his lifetime best of 4:14.97. Roberto Pavoni, who finished seventh in this event at the World Championships, was the second fastest qualifier hitting the wall in a time of 4:20.76. Pavoni, who swam this event in London, has a lifetime best of 4:12.24.

Lewis Smith had the third fastest qualifying time of 2:20.93.

  1. Max Litchfield – 4:17.09
  2. Roberto Pavoni – 4:20.76
  3. Lewis Smith – 4:20.93
  4. Daniel Wallace – 4:22.98
  5. Xavier Mohammed – 4:23.19
  6. Callum Lawrie – 4:25.80
  7. Alex Dunk – 4:26.21
  8. Fraser Minnican – 4:26.69

Womens’ 50 Freestyle

  • British Record – Fran Halsall – 23.96
  • Olympic Qualifying Standard – 24.37

British record holder Fran Halsall had the fastest qualifying time in the women’s 50 freestyle posting a time of 24.64. Halsall was off her season’s best time of 24.23, which she put up last month in Marseille.

Anna Hopkin finished second with a time of 25.41 followed by Lauren Quigley who hit the wall in a time of 25.64.

  1. Fran Halsall – 24.64
  2. Anna Hopkin – 25.41
  3. Lauren Quigley – 25.64
  4. Emma Gage – 25.79
  5. Ellen Thomas – 25.88
  6. Rebecca Guy – 25.92
  7. Rachel-Louise Masson – 25.95
  8. Harriel Cooper – 25.99

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5 years ago

Good for Proud, impressive for Scott. Pleased with Barrett’s time – looks as though he may have refound some form, so now hoping that CWH can improve some before Rio.

I feel as though the 4×2 this year may end up being Renwick-Scott-Milne-Guy

Captain Awesome
5 years ago

Proud looked fairly comfortable in the last bit of the race, hopefully he can drop a few more tenth this evening. British record possibly on the cards?

Wallace did not look good in the IM. Guess we’ll see tonight what kind of form he’s really in.

5 years ago

Really good signs for the relays out if the 4×100 – Adam Barrett right on his PB, Ben Proud very easy 48.6, Duncan Scott looks good for a big 200 PB. Ieuan Lloyd might even be back into the 1.47s after 3 years into the abyss – His 100 & 400 suggest so.

Disappointing from Wallace again – He looks out of sorts. Max Litchfield very good – He’ll be close to the standard which will be a huge PB.

Halsall just in another league. Although Anna Hopkin looks like a youngster with potential.

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