2017 British Swimming Championships: Day 5 Finals Recap



  • FINA A – 28.52
  • British 1st place standard – N/A
  • British consideration standard – N/A
  • Podium:
    1. Georgia Davies – 27.69
    2. Kathleen Dawson – 28.19
    3. Lucy Hope – 28.49

Georgia Davies came within a hair of her own British record in winning the 50 backstroke. The 26-year-old was 27.69 to win by a half-second and jump to #5 in the world ranks for the season.

The Loughboro swimmer has now swept both sprint backstroke races this weekend after cracking a minute to win the 100. Second went to Kathleen Dawson of Stirling in 28.19 with Lucy Hope going 28.49 for bronze. Both Dawson and Hope are 1997-born swimmers representing the British youth in the event.


  • FINA A – 22.47
  • British 1st place standard – 21.54
  • British consideration standard – 22.00
  • Podium:
    1. Ben Proud – 21.32
    2. Thomas Fannon – 22.21
    3. Jack Thorpe – 22.53

Benjamin Proud exploded for a new British record in the 50 free, smashing a 21.32. That takes a good two tenths off his own national record set last summer in Rio. Proud was 21.54 in the Olympic semifinal and ultimately took 4th, missing the medals by about two tenths. His time this week would have won last year’s Olympic gold medal and ranks #1 worldwide, displacing the 21.44 put up by Russia’s Vladimir Morozov last week.

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The Brits have now lowered both sprint freestyle national records this week as Duncan Scott lowered the 100 free earlier in the meet.

Thomas Fannon was second in 22.21 and Jack Thorpe was 22.53 for bronze.


  • FINA A – 4:10.57
  • British 1st place standard – 4:03.43
  • British consideration standard – 4:06.86
  • Podium:
    1. Holly Hibbott – 4:06.37
    2. Jazmin Carlin – 4:07.24
    3. Eleanor Faulkner – 4:07.62

Teenager Holly Hibbott won the women’s 400 free for Stockport, going 4:06.37. That sneaks under the consideration standard by half a second, and also cracks the world’s top 5 this year.

Jazz Carlin was second in 4:07.24, touching out Eleanor Faulkner (4:07.62) as the top three ran away from the rest of the field.


  • FINA A – 2:00.22
  • British 1st place standard – 1:57.11
  • British consideration standard – 1:58.15
  • Podium:
    1. Max Litchfield – 1:58.10
    2. Mark Szaranek – 1:58.39
    3. Duncan Scott – 1:58.44

Max Litchfield picked up the 200 IM win, sliding under the consideration time by less than a tenth. His 1:58.10 puts him within a second of the British 200 IM record that has stood since 2009. Litchfield already broke the national 400 IM mark earlier this week.

Co-NCAA champ Mark Szaranek was second in 1:58.39, just outside the consideration mark. And 100 free champ and record-breaker Duncan Scott was third in 1:58.44.


  • FINA A – 2:13.41
  • British 1st place standard – 2:09.56
  • British consideration standard – 2:10.75
  • Podium:
    1. Hannah Miley – 2:11.75
    2. Abbie Wood – 2:12.62
    3. Molly Renshaw – 2:13.21

Hannah Miley topped a spread-out 200 IM field, going 2:11.75 for a dominant win. She beat Loughboro duo Abbie Wood (2:12.62) and Molly Renshaw (2:13.21) for the title, though none of the three made Britain’s standard times.

All three hit FINA A cuts, though. The big story was the disqualification to national record-holder and Olympic silver medalist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who was competing in the final after holding the top qualifying time out of prelims at 2:12.39.

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5 years ago

the british qualifying times are pretty hard, Carlin won’t be able to swim the 400 in Budapest.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  name
5 years ago

They are VERY hard. Sometimes (many times?) have to set a national record to even qualify.

5 years ago

Sad to hear about Siobhan’s DQ. Hope they do pick her. Like Allison Schmitt’s 1:53 in London, her 2:06 in Rio was the most underrated swim of the Games. I would love to see her upset Hozzsu in Budapest, though we know the Iron Lady will be looking to set off fireworks for the home crowd.

5 years ago

It makes us two. I’m not sure that firework. I have a strong feeling that 400IM will be Chinese again and there would be no free ride in backstroke as it happened in Rio. At the same time I have to admit that her freestyle looks good this season.
Returning to British championships, i would love to see Siobhan in Budapest under one condition: if she can go under 2:07. Otherwise why the exception should be made.

Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

What time did Siobhan do despite her DQ? Why was she DQ’d by the way. Maybe if Siobhan qualifies in the 100 fly, she can get on the team. re: Hosszu, you are right it will be tough to sweep anything. She may not medal in the 100 back. That’s not an unreasonable prediction.

5 years ago

She went 2.09.72 (27.48/33.48/37.54/31.22). Exactly where she was at 2016 trials.

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Thanks! That’s good to hear.

Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

If Hosszu’s real shape would be like what her current times indicate, she should retire right away, as well as if getting beaten in 400IM. Whatever, w/o SMOC that won’t be a real race, she is the only one who can chase the Iron Lady to go a sub 2:06.

Reply to  Riez
5 years ago

I don’t see why Hosszu should retire should she not win gold medals. Along with Kapas she is the best Hungarian female swimmer and many people are proud of her. She is a strong contender at all her key disciplines and has a good chance to win them all. But far away from zero probability exists that she may not win anything. The chances that she won’t medal are practically zero ( like in Campbell sisters case 🙂 )
200IM is the only event where she dominated strongly. And suddenly Siobhan got within 0.4 sec. Still safe but requires great attention concentration and efforts. But Siobhan is by far the only one on horizon. 400IM will be at the… Read more »

Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

You don’t get my point. We should not buy that sleeping pill of being nowhere on this year’s rankings and not winning everything over the nationals.
KL arguably grabs four individual golds, Sjostrom has a nice chance to do the same, so what can Hosszu’s ambition be on home soil? The question is how she puts that together, especially having Seebohm back to the top, as you say “no free ride in backstroke”. My guess is 200IM, 200Fly, 200Back, 400IM (was at the very end in Kazan, too).

Reply to  Riez
5 years ago

Hosszu might not be ranked that high because she doing so many events at so many meets?

Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

When & how will that decision be made. If you see the video, she twitched her head just before the start. It was not like she left the blocks.

5 years ago

Don’t be surprised if Siobhan gets picked up for Worlds. I think the British higher ups have that ability to take or not take anyone. that wouldn’t fly in the US, but it probably flies in most countries.

5 years ago

Georgia Davies, Fran Halsall, Ben Proud, Florent Manaudou (to a degree)… James Gibson ain’t half bad with sprinters.

50FR: World class – His start has always been phenomenal, but his stroke rate a little sub-par. He looks to have that sorted now. Prospects behind in Fannon (1998) 22.21 & Burras (2000) 22.70. Alex Wray also looks a prospect.

400FR: Long-awaited fresh blood coming through. I think now Hibbott is probably going Carlin *might* be better served declining a wildcard if one is offered. She will struggle to be back near her best for August, target 2018 perhaps a better longterm plan.

200IM: Really impressive depth. 4 under 2mins, Wallace joined on 2.00s flat by two teens, 2.02 by 2000 born… Read more »

5 years ago

If he maintains this form at Worlds, Ben Proud is going to be unstoppable in the 50 free. Can’t wait to see him take on Ervin, Morozov, and McEvoy.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Daniel
5 years ago

Anyone know if FloMo will be swimming Worlds?

bobo gigi
5 years ago
bobo gigi
5 years ago

21.32! That becomes very serious!

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