2019 British C’ships Day 6 Prelims Recap: Men’s 200 Free Face-Off

2019 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Men’s 50m Fly – Prelims

  • British National Record – 22.75, Ben Proud, 2017

Open Top 8:

Place Name AaD Club Time R.T. FINA Pt
1. Benjamin Proud 25 Plymouth Lea 23.99 + 0.71 799
2. Jacob Peters 19 Poole 24.25 + 0.64 774
3. Scott McLay 20 UniOfStirl 24.32 + 0.63 767
4. Alexander Bowen 24 Loughboro Un 24.33 + 0.58 766
5. Cameron Brooks-Clarke 20 Co Sheffield 24.42 + 0.65 758
6. Lewis Fraser 19 Swansea Uni 24.54 + 0.58 747
7. Henry Bland 25 Co Cardiff 24.59 + 0.67 742
8. Sam Horrocks 25 Co Manch Aq 24.74 + 0.61 729

The reigning World Champion in this event, Ben Proud, took control of the men’s 50m fly event early, clinching the top seed in the only sub-24 second time of the field.

23.99 is what the Energy Standard swimmer threw down to hold a .26 advantage over rising teen Jacob Peters of Poole. Peters has already nailed 2 bronze medals here in Glasgow, one in the 100m fly and one in the 200m fly.

As a reminder, Proud was disqualified in this event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for a false start, but he bounced back with silver at last year’s European Championships where he finished behind Ukraine’s World Record holder Andrii Govorov.

Stirling’s Scott McLay has had a heck of a meet already for himself, however, making major time drops in the 100m free and 100 fly event. You can read more about his achievements here. This morning he set himself up as the 3rd seed in 24.32.

Lurking in the final tonight is Sheffield’s Cameron Brooks-Clarke, the man who took home the silver in last year’s meet, as well as the 3rd place finisher from 2018 in Sam Horrocks. Brooks-Clarke hit 24.42 this morning for 5th seed, while Horrocks sneaked into the final in 24.74.

Women’s 100m Breast – Prelims

  • Selection Time #1 – 1:06.26, Selection Time #2 – 1:06.66
  • British National Record – 1:06.34, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 2016

Open Top 8:

Place Name AaD Club Time R.T. FINA Pt 50
1. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor 24 Bath NC 1:07.27 + 0.68 866 31.42
2. Tatiana Belonogoff 18 Guildford Ct 1:08.73 + 0.69 812 32.61
3. Jocelyn Ulyett 24 Loughboro Un 1:08.82 + 0.70 809 32.60
4. Molly Renshaw 23 Loughboro NC 1:08.92 + 0.71 805 32.59
5. Sarah Vasey 23 Loughboro NC 1:09.04 + 0.68 801 31.89
6. Kayla Van Der Merwe 17 Winchester 1:09.09 + 0.73 799 32.33
7. Katie Matts 21 Stockport Mo 1:09.76 + 0.70 776 32.80
8. Imogen Clark 20 Loughboro Un 1:09.80 + 0.68 775 32.50

Olympic silver medalist in the 200m IM, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, already most likely booked her World Championships ticket for Gwangju in that event last night. But, the 24-year-old Bath athlete is hoping to add a 2nd event to her repertoire with this 100m breast.

Clocking 1:07.27 this morning, O’Connor cleared the field by well over a second, opening with a quick 31.42 opening 50m. She’s the reigning British National Record holder in 1:06.34 from 2016 and this morning’s outing checks-in as the 7th fastest time of her career. These Championships represents just her 2nd time racing in 2019.

Of her race this morning, the Bath athlete stated, “That was good, I’m pleased with that. I was slightly disappointed with last night so it was nice to get in this morning and see what I could do in the heat. I felt pretty strong so I’m looking forward to tonight.”

18-year-old ‘Emerging Female to Watch’ on our list, Tatiana Belonogoff, took bronze in the 50m breast on night 1 here and is looking to challenge O’Connor tonight. 1:08.73 is what the European Junior Championships gold medalist produced for 2nd seed, keeping herself in the mix amidst the British best.

Jocelyn Ulyett holds the National Record in the 200m breast and ranks as the 3rd seed this morning in 1:08.82, while Molly Renshaw produced a 1:08.92 for 4th seed.

Another teen in Kayla Van Der Merwe clocked 1:09.09 for the 6th seed. She took the transition final in the 50m breast on night 1. Don’t sleep on Sarah Vasey, the 50m breaststroke gold medalist. Her personal best of 1:06.78 in this longer sprint ranks her as the 4th fastest British performer ever

Men’s 200m Back – Prelims

  • Selection Time #1 – 1:55.54, Selection Time #2 – 1:56.23
  • British National Record – 1:55.58, James Goddard, 2010
Place Name AaD Club Time R.T. FINA Pt 50 100 150
1. Luke Greenbank 22 Loughboro NC 1:57.51 + 0.57 863 27.67 58.04 1:28.11
2. Craig McNally 27 UniOfStirl 2:00.21 + 0.61 807 28.71 1:00.23 1:31.11
3. Jay Lelliott 24 Co Sheffield 2:00.23 + 0.55 806 28.21 58.53 1:29.62
4. Brodie Williams 20 Millfield 2:02.23 + 0.60 767 28.13 59.02 1:30.79
5. Charlie Brown 18 Co Sheffield 2:02.73 + 0.58 758 28.09 59.05 1:30.45
6. Charlie Hutchison 17 Ellesmere Co 2:03.36 + 0.65 746 28.87 59.97 1:31.63
7. James McFadzen 20 Loughboro Un 2:03.77 + 0.64 739 28.76 1:00.01 1:32.09
7. Daniel Hall 21 Loughboro Un 2:03.77 + 0.56 739 28.81 1:00.01 1:31.91

The standout 100m backstroke her, Luke Greenbank, most likely sealed his name onto the British medley relay or Worlds, but the 21-year-old is hungry for an individual event bid.

The Mel Marshall-trained Greenbank nailed a new lifetime best of 53.92 and leads the 200m back here in 1:57.51. That marked the only sub-2:00 time of the field and falls within just over a second of the 1:56.23 minimum time qualification.

He has proven in the past he’s capable, but you’d have to look at the 2015 European Games in Baku. At that competition he nailed a gold medal-winning mark of 1:56.89, which kept him at the 5th fastest performer in British history.

The rest of the field will need to produce some magic to make it not only onto the podium, but within range of the QT. That includes last year’s champion Brodie Williams, whose PB of 1:58.62 from last year will need to be chopped to bits to make Gwangju.

Of note, Xavier Castelli, the 10th fastest performer ever in this event, was a no-show. Also, Joe Litchfield, who took bronze last night in the 200m IM, was disqualified in this morning’s 2back heats.

Women’s 100m Fly – Prelims

  • Selection Time #1 – 57.22, Selection Time #2 – 57.56
  • British National Record – 57.25, Ellen Gandy, 2012

Open Top 8:

Place Name AaD Club Time R.T. FINA Pt 50
1. Alys Thomas 29 Swansea Uni 58.17 + 0.69 867 27.55
2. Charlotte Atkinson 23 Loughboro Un 59.01 + 0.71 831 27.62
3. Freya Anderson 18 Ellesmere Co 59.54 + 0.75 809 27.83
4. Laura Stephens 20 Plymouth Lea 59.82 + 0.70 797 27.81
5. Tain Bruce 21 Edinburgh Un 59.93 + 0.66 793 27.69
6. Harriet Jones 22 Co Cardiff 59.97 + 0.64 791 28.01
7. Harriet West 22 Loughboro Un 1:00.03 + 0.68 789 28.36
8. Emily Large 18 Newcastle 1:00.15 + 0.66 784 28.0

Alys Thomas qualified here in the women’s 200m fly and looks primed to make something happen in this 100m sprint as well. She’s leading the way in a mark of 58.17, one of the top times of the 29-year-old veteran’s career.

She holds a personal best a 57.85 as the 6th fastest performer in British history and put up a super solid 58.06 mark at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for 7th. Last year she took silver in a mark of 58.91 behind Harriet Jones. Jones took the title last year in 58.85 and holds the 6th seed this morning in 59.97. She’ll need her A-game tonight to make the 57.56 minimum consideration time.

Loughborough’s Charlotte Atkinson produced 59.01 for 2nd seed, while Ellesmere 18-year-old Freya Anderson is on the hunt for her 3rd individual gold medal here in this event after already nailing wins in the 200m free and 100m free.

Men’s 200m Free – Prelims

  • Selection Time #1 – 1:45.70, Selection Time #2 – 1:46.47
  • British National Record – 1:45.14, James Guy, 2015

Open Top 8:

Place Name AaD Club Time R.T. FINA Pt 50 100 150
1. Duncan Scott 22 UniOfStirl 1:48.27 + 0.71 836 25.01 52.04 1:19.78
2. Calum Jarvis 27 Bath NC 1:48.34 + 0.63 834 25.62 53.29 1:20.78
3. Thomas Dean 19 Bath NC 1:48.84 + 0.68 823 25.26 52.60 1:20.59
4. James Guy 24 Bath NC 1:48.88 + 0.66 822 25.19 52.34 1:20.12
5. Max Litchfield 24 Loughboro NC 1:48.94 + 0.68 820 25.51 53.04 1:20.78
6. Cameron Kurle 22 Bath NC 1:49.09 + 0.68 817 25.34 52.71 1:20.62
7. Matthew Richards 17 Royal Wolv 1:49.63 + 0.66 805 25.17 53.18 1:21.51
8. Kyle Chisholm 22 Stockport Mo 1:50.06 + 0.61 795 25.84 53.46 1:21.49

The men’s 200m free held their cards close to their chest, relatively, in light of what the top 8 men are all capable. The top contenders, all separated by just .67, are not just competing for an individual bids, but for the coveted men’s 4x200m freestyle relay spots.

Somewhat surprising, last year’s British champion Stephen Milne continued with his relative poor showing here at this year’s meet, finishing 10th in 1:50.33 to sit out of the final, pending any scratches.

In his stead, on-fire Duncan Scott is on the move in this 200m free, taking lane 4 in a morning mark of 1:48.27. He 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, so the man is ready to add this event to his 100m free and 200m IM qualifying marks for Gwangju.

Bath’s British National Record holder in this event, James Guy, hit 1:48.88 this morning, while Tom Dean holds the 3rd seed in 1:48.84 after his PB for 200m IM silver last night. Guy is still looking for Gwangju qualification here after falling just short with his 100m and 200m fly wins.

Jay Lelliott no-showed this event based on making the 200m back final

16-year-old Matthew Richards busted out the swim of his life in this event, rocking a 1:49.63 to fire off a new British Age Record and impress yet again at these championships.

Women’s 1500m Free

  • Selection Time #1 – 15:57.85, Selection Time #2 – 16:03.60
  • British National Record – 15:47.26, Jazz Carlin, 2013

Women’s 1500m free will be recapped with tonight’s finals.

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Swimmar

When the 200 back British cut is literally faster than the British record…
Edit: so are a lot of the cuts… what’s the plan here? To just handpick the team after no one makes it?

Jeff

There are going to be fireworks in that 200 free. I have a feeling Guy won’t make the team in this event individually. Also, would love to see Matt Richards qualify for junior worlds in another event.

Jamie

Can’t wait till James Guy proves you all wrong lol

Jamie

Looks like Guy did make the team individually 🤫

Rafael

Off topic
Fratus went 21,68 prelims 50 free
Joao 26,42 and Lima 26,48 on 50 breast

PeatyPiper

Looking good. Lots of quick sprinting around the world before Worlds this year. Not sure what to think about Proud atm. Didnt drop as much as I thought he would from the prelims to finals of 50 free and 23.9 50 fly for him seems slow even in prelims.

PeatyPiper

Having said that, just watched the race and he was last (i think) off the blocks, took a breath and was very slow into the wall so mebbe not that worried.

sven

I wouldn’t worry about his fly based on prelims. His free is right where it needs to be for this point in the season, he probably knew he didn’t need to be in top form for this meet. Either way, he’s got plenty of time to clean things up before Worlds. As long as he doesn’t false start, he’ll be very fast this summer.

Philip Johnson

The men’s 50 free this has the most depth that I can ever remember.

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