2017 British Swimming C’ships Day 6 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.


  • FINA A – 23.67
  • British 1st place standard – N/A
  • British consideration standard – N/A
  • The Podium:

22-year-old Ben Proud manhandled this 50m butterfly field tonight, crushing a monster 22.80 to not only top the podium, but also clock a new British national record. He held the previous mark in 22.93 from when he won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but blasted off another .13 to notch a super speedy 22.80. With that one-breath effort in Sheffield tonight, Proud now ranks #1 in the world and collects his 2nd gold of the meet to go with his 50m freestyle stunner last night.

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Runner-up status tonight went to Adam Barrett, who touched in 23.52, while Robert Fannon wound up on the podium as well in his bronze medal-garnering time of 24.28. Between prelims and finals, Barrett was the only other swimmer besides Proud to dip beneath the 24-second threshold, but he simply couldn’t match Proud’s start and underwater blast-off tonight. He still notches a time within the world’s top 10 on the season.


  • FINA A – 58.48
  • British 1st place standard – 56.81
  • British consideration standard – 57.81
  • The Podium:

Swansea’s Aly Thomas was able to successfully defend her 100m butterfly title, firing off a new personal best in the event. Prior to this meet, Thomas’ personal best sat at the 58.66 she rocked for the win at the 2016 edition of this meet, but she surpassed that already with her morning swim of 58.49.

Tonight, the now-7th fastest British performer of all-time dipped beneath the 58-second threshold in spades, stopping the clock at a mark of 57.85. Even with that fantastic swim, Thomas falls just .04 outside of the consideration mark for Budapest. But, her 2:07.87 200m butterfly silver medal-winning swim did fall under the consideration time in that event on day 3.

Isle of Man’s Charlotte Atkinson already scored the 200m butterfly and 50m butterfly victories, but threatened in this sprint race tonight up through the last 25m. Her morning swim of 58.55 already earned a new Isle of Man record and Atkinson outdid that swim with an even faster 58.22.

Bronze went to Atkinson’s Loughborough teammate Rachael Kelly. Although she fell down a spot from her silver medal from last year, she improved her 2016 time from 58.72 to 58.41.

For perspective, one needs a tie of 57.96 to crack into the world’s top 10 on the season, with the top 5 all positioned below 57.40.


  • FINA A – 1:58.55
  • British 1st place standard – 1:55.89
  • British consideration standard – 1:57.00
  • The Podium:
    • Luke Greenbank – 1:57.67
    • Joseph Hulme – 1:58.63
    • Xavier Mohammed – 1:59.94

Loughborough surged to amother top finish tonight, led by European Games champion Luke Greenbank and his mark of 1:57.67. Right behind was Joseph Hulme pumped out a new personal best to earn silver in 1:58.63. Both men improved upon their morning swims, but were well outside the British consideration standard for the 2017 World Championships.

For Greenbank, his string of 1:57-point swims is frustrating for fans who remember his 1:56.89 whopper of a race back at the 2015 inaugural European Games, a time he hasn’t been able to match since. Post-race, the 19-year-old stated that he was ‘disappointed’ with that time.

Bronze tonight went to Xavier Mohammed.


  • FINA A – 1:07.58
  • British 1st place standard – 1:06.29
  • British consideration standard – 1:06.90
  • The Podium:
    • Sarah Vasey – 1:06.78, *consideration
    • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 1:06.80, *consideration
    • Jocelyn Ulyett – 1:07.24

In what some may say was a surprise result, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor was denied her 2nd consecutive title in this race, with Sarah Vasey charging to the wall first by just .02 of a second. The reigning national record holder O’Connor had claimed the top seed in the morning with a swift 1:06.91 to represent the only sub-1:07 swim of the morning and dropped the 100m butterfly final to focus just on breaststroke tonight.

However, it was Loughborough’s Vasey who was able to hold on to her stroke against a tightening up O’Connor and just out-touch the Olympian to win in 1:06.78. That lays waste to her own personal best of 1:07.32 notched at the Luxembourg Euro Meet earlier this year, so quite the time drop for Vasey here in Sheffield.

But, as with Vasey’s, O’Connor’s time of 1:06.80 is also under the British consideration standard for Budapest and should be enough to get both women on the World Championships roster. For perspective, Vasey and O’Connor would have finished 6th and 7th, respectively, in the Rio final in the women’s 100m breaststroke with their swims tonight in Sheffield. Although, their times barely crack into the world’s top 10 this season.

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The 200m breaststroke gold medalist here, Jocelyn Ulyett, who won that event in a new national record, touched in 1:07.24 in this 100m distance for bronze.


  • FINA A – 1:47.73
  • British 1st place standard – 1:45.45
  • British consideration standard – 1:46.58
  • The Podium:
    • James Guy – 1:45.55, *consideration
    • Duncan Scott – 1:45.80, *consideration
    • Calum Jarvis – 1:47.02

An enormously intense race ensued between Olympic teammates James Guy and Duncan Scott in this men’s 200m freestyle final, with the result coming down to the finish, as fans hoped. Bath’s Guy came out on top with a super solid time of 1:45.55, while Stirling’s Scott fired off a mega personal best of 1:45.80 for silver.

Scott led at the 100m mark in 51.17, but Guy tapped into another gear to keep the Scot from pulling ahead. Separated by a couple of lanes in the pool, the two men kept each other in check until the final 15m when they kept their heads down and charged to the wall, cranking out stroke after stroke for the win.  For Guy, this result crushes his most recent 1:47.11 clocked at the Arena Pro Swim in Indianapolis, while Scott’s mark slashes almost a second and a half off of his previous personal best of 1:47.28. The men now sit 3rd and 4th in the world rankings.

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For Guy, this marks his 4th gold at these championships, having collected the top prize in the 100m/200m butterfly races, as well as the 400m freestyle on night one. Scott also made a haul here in Sheffield, adding this silver to his 200m butterfly bronze, 200m IM bronze and stunning 100m freestyle gold in a new British record. The 19-year-old Scott’s time tonight in the 200m checks in as a new Scottish national record.

Calum Jarvis finished in the 4th fastest time of his career tonight, clocking a 1:47.02, while Sheffield’s own Nicholas Grainger earned 4th and potential relay placement with a time of 1:47.28.

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5 years ago

Let me say this again!!!
GBR is very hungry for the gold in men’s 4×200 free replay now. 2 guys went 1:45 and 2 guys went 47 low. That was a statement.
The US team has a lot of works to do:
1. Mr.Haas needs to swim faster this year!! His monster 1:44.1 last year needs to happen again or even better (1:43 mid) to outsplit Guy and Scott
2. Finding some new fresh faces in the 200m free. I only see Blake Pieroni at this point. Clark Smith is always unpredictable. So is Gunnar Bentz. Maybe we need an outstanding 200m freestyle replayer Ricky Berens come out of retirement and save us!!

Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

At this point, we really don’t have the “hard evidence” of where things stand on an event by event basis in the US that we already have from those who’ve already held Trials. Whilst I completely agree that GBR certainly look to be a massive threat (in all honesty, they’re the ONLY legitmate threat) to the US in this relay, lets just wait until we have significantly more LCM times from the States … and indeed hold off until US Nationals play out before setting out doom & gloom scenarios.

As regards GBR relays, I can only forsee them sending 3; namely M4X200, M4XMED & W4XMED. Of these, the 2 male relays appear major medal hopes; colour as yet difficult… Read more »

Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

Honestly as a Brit I’m just happy we can form a decent relay we’ve been so underwhelming in both female and male capabilities. We are probably only going have to have 2 relays in the finals at Budapest. So I won’t be getting ahead of myself the US will always be favourite but my days will i back our boys for upsetting the norm.

E Gamble
Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

Can Mr Hass swim a long course swim meet before we say he needs to swim faster? NCs and SCY season just ended less than a month ago with Mr Hass winning the 200 free once again.

The swimmers that will most likely make the 200 free relay are for the most part are all still in college and have yet to even swim any LCM meets. Slow your roll dude. Its all good. The USA will be ready…trust. Eddie Reese will have his National Team Longhorns ready for worlds.

Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

GBR has a solid 4×200 relay, but I see no reason for the U.S. team to worry.

5 years ago

Observation: GB has proved that you don’t have to come to the USA to swim NCAA to be successful. In fact, the couple that have swum here were not huge factors this week. James Guy, Duncan Scott, Adam Peaty, and Ben Proud are as good as any American swimmers their age. These guys are all representing Unis so I hope they are getting an education at some point. And there are other examples around the world too. Yes, it works for Americans, but it isn’t the answer for everyone…..in fact, does it deter from elite results? I just don’t like Americans saying everyone would be better if they came to USA to swim college. The only thing they might miss… Read more »

Reply to  korn
5 years ago

There 100% getting a decent education there based at wonderful sporting universities like Loughbourgh, Plymouth, and Bath.

E Gamble
Reply to  korn
5 years ago

I don’t recall anyone ever saying that you have to come to America and swim NCAA to be successful. Michael Phelps was not in the NCAA system. It just so happens that the bulk of our USA swimmers are a product of our NCAA system. And the US college system appears to have been OK for Cesar Cielo, Vlad Morozov, and Katinka Hosszu.

Reply to  korn
5 years ago

I don’t believe Guy or Peaty are studying at this moment in time. Proud graduated but Scott is studying.

5 years ago

Does anyone have an idea when British Swimming plan to officially announce the team?

Reply to  KeithM
5 years ago


IMs for days
5 years ago

For perspective, this makes him the 4th fastest man in textile:
1. Govorov 22.69 2016
2. Cielo 22.76 2012
3. Santos 22.79 2012
4. Proud 22.80 2017
5. Manaudou 22.84 2015
And 7th fastest all time
1. Munoz 22.43 2009
2. Cavic 22.67 2009
3. Govorov 22.69 2016
4. Targett 22.73 2009
5. Cielo 22.76 2012
6. Santos 22.79 2012
7. Proud 22.80 2017
8T. Manaudou 22.84 2015
8T. Bousquet 22.84 2009
10. Tsurkin 22.90 2013

Sarah W
5 years ago

Error above ?
Joe Hulme got Silver in the 200 back in a fantastic PB !!!
Well done Joe and also big cheers for Luke’s Gold ????????

bobo gigi
5 years ago

I fear that French nationals look very pale compared to what we’ve seen recently in Italy, GB, Australia, China, Japan, Hungary or Russia. 🙁

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Two 1.45 and four 1.47
Guy has won but Scott still has 3 more years to develop and peak in Tokyo.
47.90 and 1.45.80, not so common under 20.
We’ll see if he focuses more on the 100 or the 200 free in individual in the future or if he has already planned to double in Tokyo. Last time one guy made an olympic final in both events was in 2012 with Agnel.

5 years ago

Awful camera’s work. Great race with both Scott and Guy under 1.46 mark.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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