2019 British Championships Day 6 Finals Recap



  • Selection Time #1 – 15:57.85, Selection Time #2 – 16:03.60
  • British National Record – 15:47.26, Jazz Carlin, 2013
  • GOLD – Leah Crisp, 16:44.29
  • SILVER – Emily Clarke, 16:45.36
  • BRONZE – Georgia Darwent, 16:47.85

Leeds’ Leah Crisp topped the women’s 1500m freestyle via the final heat tonight in Glasgow, clocking a time of 16:44.29. That’s off her personal best of 16:38.76 she produced at the Edinburgh International last month. But, it gave her another gold here, doubling up on her 800m free victory from day 2.

Dueling with Crisp the entire was was Loughborough’s Emily Clarke, who put up a time tonight of 16:45.36, a new personal best by almost 10 seconds. Entering these championships, Clarke’s lifetime fastest was the 16:55.82 from the 2018 Stockholm Open. Clarke took bronze in the aforementioned 800m free here.

Newcastle’s Georgia Darwent became the 29th fastest British performer ever en route to bronze in 16:47.85.

Unfortunately for the women, they will be without representation in this event in Gwangju, as no women were near the minimum consideration time for the 2019 World Championships.


European Championships silver medalist Ben Proud finished over half a body length ahead of the men’s 50m fly field to take gold here in a mark of 23.25. That doubles up on his 50m free win and further establishes the brawny lad as the British sprinting king.

His time tonight was off of his 22.78 time from the European Championships, but, given the fact he most likely made the World Championships team in the 50m free, he’ll get the nod to race this event as well. He is the 2017 World Champion, after all (22.75, National Record).

Proud now ranks 6th in the world this season.

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Lewis Fraser collected silver in 23.98, the only other sub-24 second time of the field. His previous PB was 24.26, so the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medalist slashed that to bits, registering 23.98 for silver. That rockets him to become the 10th fastest British performer of all-time.

Poole swimmer Jacob Peters scored his 3rd bronze of these championships, sweeping the medal color in all 3 fly events. 24.03 is what the 18-year-old logged for the 3rd place finish tonight, slightly off his 23.95 from the 2018 European Championships.

Of note, Scott McLay finished off the podium in 4th by just .02 in 24.05, but his time equals the Scottish National Record, concluding a stellar meet for the University of Stirling man. The original 24.05 Scottish record holder is Todd Cooper from way back in 2006. You can read more about McLay’s time drops here.


  • Selection Time #1 – 1:06.26, Selection Time #2 – 1:06.66
  • British National Record – 1:06.34, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 2016
  • GOLD – Jocelyn Ulyett, 1:07.35
  • SILVER – Tatiana Belonogoff, 1:07.61
  • BRONZE – Sarah Vasey, 1:07.62

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, National Record holder and #1 seed out of the heats, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor fell well off the pace in tonight’s women’s 100m breaststroke final. Going out in a solid 31.49, O’Connor faded to 5th in a pedestrian 1:08.07. But, she most likely already qualified in the 200m IM, so the Bath swimmer at least has the one event for Gwangju.

Winning the race this evening was 200m breaststroke National Record holder JOcelyn Ulyett, who touched in 1:07.35.  That’s within half a second of her own personal best, but enough to get the job done tonight.

18-year-old Tatiana Belonogoff had another breakout swim, notching silver in 1:07.61. That slices about .2 off of her own personal best and doubles up on the Guildford City’s 50m breast bronze from earlier.  Belonogoff is a European Junior Championships gold medalist in the 50m breast.

Sarah Vasey doubled up on her 50m breast gold with a bronze here in 1:07.62. Imogen Clarkstill recovering from an injury that forced her to pull out of the 50m breast, clocked 1:08.34 for 6th. However, this is another World Championships-less qualifier event for the women. The times here all sit outside the top 15 performers in the world this season.


  • Selection Time #1 – 1:55.54, Selection Time #2 – 1:56.23
  • British National Record – 1:55.58, James Goddard, 2010
  • GOLD – Luke Greenbank, 1:55.89
  • SILVER – Craig McNally, 1:58.89
  • BRONZE – Jay Lelliott, 1:59.64

This men’s 200m backstroke was a one-man race with Luke Greenbank crushing a monster personal best in a winning mark of 1:55:89, coming in as the 3rd fastest British performer of all-time. Entering this meet the 21-year-old Loughborough athlete held a personal best of 1:56.89 from way back at the 2016 European Games in Baku.

But, his new 100m back lifetime best here of 53.92 earlier for gold gave us shades of a big performance, on which the Mel Marshall-trained Greenbank delivered tonight. His 1:55.89 dips under the consideration time, falling just .25 off of the selection time #1. That should be enough to give Greenbank the ticket to Gwangju.

Winning by 2 body lengths, Greenbank now ranks as the 4th fastest swimmer in the world this year. For perspective of how on-fire this swim was for Lukebank, his time also blows away the 1:57.43 4th place time the logged on the Gold Coast at last year’s Commonwealth Games, as well as the 1:58.84 he produced at last year’s European Championships.

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  • Selection Time #1 – 57.22, Selection Time #2 – 57.56
  • British National Record – 57.25, Ellen Gandy, 2012
  • GOLD – Alys Thomas, 58.20
  • SILVER – Charlotte Atkinson, 58.30
  • BRONZE – Laura Stephens, 58.82

29-year-old Commonwealth Games champion in the 200m fly, Alys Thomas, took the gold tonight in this 100m sprint in a mark of 58.29. That was slightly slower than her 58.17 from this morning and off her 57.84 personal best that represents the 6th fastest time in British history.

Thomas already took gold here in the 200m fly in 2:07.40, a consideration time. As such, she may get the nod to also race this event in Gwangju.

Isle of Man’s Charlotte Atkinson powered to a time of 58.30, also off her PB of 57.88, for silver, while Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens powered her way to the wall in 58.82. She’s been as fast as 58.70.

Both Thomas and Atkinson competed in this event at the 2018 European Championships, hitting 58.44 and 59.36, respectively in the semi-finals.

Last year’s champion, Harriet Jones, finished in 8th in 59.87.

None of the swimmers were near the 57.56 minimum time consideration. There were no British finalists in this event at the 2017 World Championships.


  • Selection Time #1 – 1:45.70, Selection Time #2 – 1:46.47
  • British National Record – 1:45.14, James Guy, 2015
  • GOLD – Duncan Scott, 1:45.63
  • SILVER – James Guy, 1:46.34
  • BRONZE – Tom Dean, 1:46.86

Bringing home the win, his 3rd of tehse Champioships, was Scotland’s Duncan Scott. Scott clocked 1:45.63 to take the 200m freestyle British National Title, adding to his 200m IM and 100m free from earlier in the meet. He took silver in the 200m fly and 100m fly as well.

In this 200m free, Scott led the field in 51.29, while Guy turning just .07 later at the half in 51.36. Scott rushed home to clock the only sub-1:46 time of the field in his 1:45.63, with Guy just behind in 1:46.34.

Scott holds the 2nd fastest British time ever in 1:45.16 from the 2017 World Championships and took bronze at last year’s Commonwealth Games in 1:46.30. The Stirling stud was also 1:45.34 for gold at last year’s European Championships and his performance tonight now ranks Scott as #3 in the world.

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Guy took silver in 1:46.34, a time that slides under the consideration mark of 1:46.47, but barely. That will be enough to make the 4x200m freestyle relay squad, but we’ll wait on the final determination from British powers-that-be on his individual bid.

Last night’s 200m IM silver medalistt Tom Dean blasted a new personal best of 1:46.86, marking the 19-year-old’s first time ever under the 1:47-second threshold in the event.

4th place went to Calum Jarvis in 1:47.18 to most likely notch his slot as a relay member.

Of note, 16-year-old Matthew Richards busted out another record-setting mark, slashing his Age Record for 16-year-olds of 1:49.63 this morning to 1:49.36 for 7th place tonight.

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Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

who is the female commentator?

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Maybe for the automatic qualifying times next year it should just say:

“Selection time #1: set a world record lol”

Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

“Yes, the men’s 200 free and women’s 200 fly are included. Where we can hamper our best swimmers, we do everything we can to achieve that.”

2 years ago

Excellent from Luke Greenbank – sub-1:56 for the first time

2 years ago

Big PB from Greenbank there. Enters him into 4th in the world ranking so and gets him a consideration time.

Definitely Not Sun Yang
2 years ago

Breakout meet for Greenbank!

2 years ago

Ok, obviously Britian wants their team to be competitive, but let’s take a look at the 50 free standard for example. In the historically fast 2017 world champ final, the #1 standard of 21.45 would’ve been 4th. The world champs are already extremely lucrative to begin with, only 120 athletes got to swim this event at the 2017 edition. For an already strong swimming nation like the UK to expect their athletes to be top 4 in the whole damn world in April is absolutely ridiculous. They really need to rethink this selection criteria

Reply to  IM FAN
2 years ago

Indeed, it must make some swimmers think why should I bother aiming for the National team- it must seem impossible.
Also, I would worry that it might make swimmers aim for their absolute peak performance of the year at the trials, instead of the WC/Olympics….since it is a harder competition with more on the line! The trials should build a swimmers performance, not be the ultimate goal of the year.

2 years ago

I think Duncan Scott’s time was pretty decent considering it was the last event of the championships and he was probably shattered. Also, with SMOC I personally believe her biggest barrier to success is herself. If she just had a bit of confidence again it would do her wonders.

Reply to  Jeff
2 years ago

Third in the world rankings for the 200 free, the last race of a long week where he beat a NR and almost beat another one … yes, I would say that is pretty decent!

2 years ago

Someone on here after the 100 free said that Duncan Scott had a shortish stroke. Maybe for a sprinter, but he has the perfect stroke for the 200 free, coupled with a massive kick. And, to be sure, he extends his arm the full length under the water. Really a great all-around swimmer. He and James Guy swam a wonderful race for the 200 final, they weren’t afraid to take it out from the start.

Reply to  Luigi
2 years ago

Interesting they both suggested they were fully tapered in the interview afterwards. The times were good, but I think they’ve each got another half a second to a second in them. I hope I’m right, but there’s a risk the qualifying times have made this their key meet, not Worlds themselves.

Reply to  Togger
2 years ago

I believe Scott has at least a 1:44 in him, based on his 100 free time and on his 200 IM time. He’s got the base speed and the stamina. I wonder which race (100 or 200 free) he will focus on, it’s almost impossible to be a medal contender for both internationally.

Reply to  Luigi
2 years ago

I agree that he has better prospects in the 200, it’s a race that has no stars since Agnel went off the grid.

Reply to  Luigi
2 years ago

It’s always been sun yang and everyone else 1:45

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