2017 British Swimming C’ships Day 4 Finals Live Recap


*Note on Finals Session: The schedule of events will feature three finals – a senior final targeted at the World Championships, a Target Tokyo Final for potential swimmers at the World Junior Championships and Commonwealth Youth Games and a Junior Final for those looking to qualify for the European Junior Championships and European Youth Olympic Festival. For the purposes of this article’s context, we will be reporting on the ‘senior final’ of each event.


Sheffield’s own Rosie Rudin stunned the field tonight, winning the women’s 200m backstroke in a personal best of 2:09.55.  Rudin already showed hints of fearlessness in the women’s 400m IM, where she charged out front in the first half, only to fade out to 4th in the race overall. But, tonight, Rudin simply swam with abandon, clocking the only sub-2:10 time of the night.

2:11.66 was Rudin’s career fastest headed into these championships, but she hacked about 2 seconds off of that mark to establish herself as the title winner in front of her home crowd. Post-race, Rudin stated, “I did not expect to go that fast. I knew I had it in me, but I’m shocked.” Rudin’s time actually checks in as the 6th fastest British performance of all time, however, remarkably, she’s outside both the British 1st place and British consideration standards.

Silver tonight went to Jessica Fullalove for the 2nd consecutive year. Last year Fullalove’s time of 2:11.20 fell 2nd to Lizzie Simmonds, who swam the 100m event earlier this meet, but not the 200m.  Bronze tonight went to 19-year-old Charlotte Evans who notched a new personal best of 2:11.49


  • FINA A – 52.29
  • British 1st place standard – 51.22
  • British consideration standard – 51.75
  • The Podium:

21-year-old James Guy won the men’s 100m butterfly for the 2nd consecutive year, clocking the only 51-point time of the talented field. After already scoring gold in the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly races here in Sheffield, Guy cranked out a swift 51.52, crushing his winning time of 52.15 from last year. In fact, tonight’s outing was even faster than his personal best of 51.78 clocked in the Olympic prelims last summer, representing just the 2nd time he’s been under 52 seconds in the event.

Among the British performances of all time, Guy’s sits 2nd only behind a supersuited record of 51.41 from Michael Rock from 2009. He also is now ranked 3rd in the world this season. However, his time does fall short of the automatic standard, but within the consideration mark. Given the fact he’s been within consideration standards in his previous two wins, Guy should be safe to race this event individually or at the very least as the butterflyer on the medley relay in Budapest.

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Finishing on the podium for another year is runner-up Adam Barrett, who touched in 52.13, while red-hot University of Stirling swimmer Duncan Scott collected the bronze for his 3rd medal of these championships. Last night Scott became Britain’s first-ever 100m freestyler under 48-point (47.90) and he earned his first 100m butterfly under the 53-second threshold tonight in 52.91.


  • FINA A – 54.90
  • British 1st place standard – 53.08
  • British consideration standard – 54.25
  • The Podium:
    • Freya Anderson – 54.35
    • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 54.37
    • Ellie Faulkner – 54.89

16-year-old Freya Anderson denied Siobhan-Marie O’Connor a 3rd consecutive title in this event by just .02 of a second. Entering tonight’s race, Anderson held the top seed in a quick 54.40, a new British age record and a notch on the all-time list as Britain’s 5th fastest performer.

Tonight, Anderson trailed the pack in 6th place at the 50m mark, but turned on the heat and back-halfed the sprint to collect her first senior gold in a monster 54.35 for the teen. Remarkably, Anderson was last year’s Junior final, so in one year’s time the Ellesmere Titan swimmer rocketed up to top the senior ranks in this primetime event.

O’Connor was only .09 behind Anderson this morning and fell just shy of the youngster once again, finishing in 54.37 for silver. The outing represents O’Connor’s 6th fastest performance of her career. The Bath swimmer already scored silver in the 50m freestyle event to Anna Hopkin, but has her primary event, the 200m IM coming up later in the meet.

Ellie Faulkner, the women’s 200m freestyle gold medalist at this meet, took bronze in 54.89. That’s her quickest effort by over a second.


  • FINA A – 2:11.11
  • British 1st place standard – 2:07.73
  • British consideration standard – 2:10.52
  • The Podium:

2014 Commonwealth Games champion Ross Murdoch is back on top in this event after placing 3rd at both the 2015 and 2016 British Championships. Letting Charlie Attwood and Andrew Willis lead through the first 75m or so, Murdoch hit the gas and didn’t look back, ultimately touching in 2:09.15, the only time under the 2:10 threshold.

The 23-year-old’s 2:07.30 from Glasgow in 2014 remains as the British national record, but Murdoch seemed pleased with his effort tonight, saying post-race that he ‘was in a bad way after Rio’ and had to take some time off. His time tonight falls within the consideration standard, as did his 1:00.00 silver medal-winning 100m breaststroke time here in Sheffield, so we’ll see how coaches discretion comes into play with Murdoch’s potential roster spots.

James Wilby matched his own personal best from 2016 with his 2:10.01 time tonight, while last year’s gold medalist in this event, Andrew Willis, was downgraded to bronze this time around. 2:10.52 is what Willis was able to produce against this tight field. Willis was the 4th place finisher in Rio with his monster time of 2:07.78.


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5 years ago

Peaty is incredible in sprint breaststroke. Why doesn’t he extend his swim to 200 Br? Has he ever swum this event? Of so, what was his best time? I felt he could have just had enough lead to hold on to win if he would have swum it.

5 years ago

Smashing effort from Rudin – Hopefully she gets one of the discretionary spots. It’ll be nice to give a new face a chance – 2.09.55 is certainly going to get out of heats. Then, who knows, at 18 anything can happen.

James Guy is really edging towards times that’ll put him in finals over 100fl. Adam Barrett *might* be served well switching to freestyle, as Guy seems to be pinning his spot as number 1 ‘flyer down. 48.9 is not too shabby and he and Scott *could* lay the foundations of a half-decent 4×100 heading towards Tokyo.

Looking at Alan Birchers face during the race, it seemed maybe Freya was out a little too slowly – .2 down on… Read more »

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Pretty fair summation.

Guy HAS stated that he won’t be swimming the individual 100fly at Worlds, just the relay. As to how they’ll go with regards to 4×100 relays; I’m not sure they’ll send either with the men probably the better odds than the womens.

Anderson is certainly a promising note and will no doubt be taken along for the 4XMED, and will realistically be given a start in the individual event as a hit out

Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

The 4x100fr won’t go, neither of them. I meant moving forward. 100Fr in Britain is diabolical, particularly for men right now. However, there is *potential* heading towards 2020 (for a finals team). Scott is world class. Burras & Clogg 50.0 at 16 & 17 is a big step forward, you’d hope for one to step up towards 2020. Barrett, Proud & Jarvis have all been 48s. It’s about getting them all there at the right time haha.

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Think they’ll give both an outing at next year’s peak meet (Euros) and get a gauge of their competitiveness there as to which/either is worth pursuing towards Tokyo.

I’m sure as hell not knocking them for taking this approach as its very much the same as the other major European nations ….. and I can see AUS travelling further down this path in the future as the realities of a contracting talent pool plus reduced public $$$ finally hit home

Captain Awesome
5 years ago

James Guy really needs to work on his underwaters. Really noticed it in the 200 fly in Indianapolis against Seto, was losing so much ground off each turn. In that 100 fly I reckon if he had the underwaters of Barrett he’d have been close to breaking 51. And it’d help his 200 free a lot as well. Same with Freya Anderson, hardly made 5m off the turn.

5 years ago

Interesting night of racing. Fine swim by Rudin. Shame about just missing the CT. With up to six wild cards to be handed out she may still get a pick though.

Guy will be happy with another fly pb, bodes well for the medley relay if they can somehow sort out the backstroke. Barrett will be a bit disappointed though: after his pb in the free he must have fancied his chances of making the CT at least. Another decent sized pb for Scott too.

Anderson definitely has serious potential, and a decent range from 50 to 200. Provided the br and fly are not too slow she’ll get a relay spot, will be good experience.

Murdoch will be… Read more »

5 years ago

Tomorrow 200fre will be awesome, I can’t wait.
Prediction: Scott will upset Guy

5 years ago

The British men need a backstroker badly…..they have 2 stud legs and 1 untouchable leg!

Reply to  korn
5 years ago

They should forget the medley relay. Peaty can wipe out a 2 second deficit though. Dude can split something like a 56.2. He could probably swim 56 seconds flat start.

Reply to  Carlo
5 years ago

I think he gets more of a boost from the relay starts than most breastrokers. You can notice that his start is not as dominant as the rest of his race and his stroke is all about conserving momentum. I would love to see him go a 56 flat start but for mine that would prolly translate to faster than a 56 relay start.

Ex Quaker
5 years ago

Great to see James Guy have some success in the fly events. He’s developing into a versatility powerhouse.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Ex Quaker
5 years ago

Him and Duncan Scott both! Good things from those two, now let’s see what more they have for Worlds.

5 years ago

Yes Rosie! Awesome swim!

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