2019 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, April 16th – Sunday, April 21st
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
- Prelims at 10am local (5am Eastern)/Finals at 6:30pm local (1:30pm Eastern)
- SwimSwam Selection Analysis
- SwimSwam Elite Men Preview/SwimSwam Elite Women Preview
- SwimSwam Emerging Women Preview/SwimSwam Emerging Men Preview
- Final Start Lists
- Day 1 Prelims Recap/Day 1 Finals Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Recap/Day 2 Finals Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Recap
- Live Results
MEN’S 1500M FREE – FINALS
- Selection Time #1 – 14:48.40, Selection Time #2 – 14:59.36
- British National Record – 14:45.95, David Davies, 2004
- GOLD – Daniel Jervis, 14:46.51
- SILVER – William Bell, 15:21.83
- BRONZE – Tom Derbyshire, 15:25.38
22-year-old Daniel Jervis threw down the swim of his life, manhandling the 1500m freestyle final heat tonight to take gold in a mark of 14:46.95. That crushes his previous personal best of 14:48.67 that gave him the silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Leading the race from start to finish, Jervis’ time now checks-in as the 3rd fastest in the world this season, sitting only behind Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri and Germany’s Florian Wellbrock.
Jervis remains as the 2nd fastest British man ever in this distance event, with the Swansea swimmer’s clocking falling less than a second away from the long-held British National Record of 14:45.95 set by David Davies way back in 2004.
This event tonight is paired with Jervis’ 400m free gold from night 1, only tonight, however, Jervis’ time clears the Selection Time #1, securing his spot on the British roster for this summer’s World Championships. Only Adam Peaty has notched a selection time #1 thus far this meet.
For his part, one of our SwimSwam pre-meet ‘swimmers to watch’, William Bell, powered out a monster personal best, hacking over 16 seconds off of her previous lifetime fastest of 15:39.59 from last year’s British Summer Championships.
Tom Derbyshire rounded out the top 3 in 15:25.38. He took silver in this race last year to Jervis in a time of 15:01.87.
WOMEN’S 50M FREE –FINALS
- Selection Time #1 – 24.21, Selection Time #2 – 24.50
- British National Record – 23.96, Fran Halsall, 2014
- GOLD – Anna Hopkin, 24.99
- SILVER – Emily Barclay, 25.09
- BRONZE – Freya Anderson, 25.12
Ealing’s Anna Hopkin was unable to replicate her magic from this morning, but was still able to fire off the 2nd fastest time of her career to win the women’s 50m free in 24.99.
Leading the heats this morning, the University of Arkansas multi-All American produced the first sub-25 second 50m free of her career in 24.91. That gave the 22-year-old some consolation for having missed the 50m fly podium earlier in the meet after having led that field after prelims.
Entering this meet Hopkin’s PB rested at the 25.07 from this same meet 2 years ago where she took the British National Title. Her morning swim, however, at 24.91, ranks her as the 5th fastest British swimmer in history.
3rd seeded swimmer out of the heats was Loughborough’s Emily Barclay, who managed to improve her position to take the silver behind Hopkin tonight in 25.09. That was significantly better than her morning swim of 25.68 and nearer to her PB of 24.94 from last year’s Summer Championships.
Ellesmere Titan Freya Anderson added a 50m free bronze tonight to her 200m free gold from earlier. The 18-year-old teen titan earned a time of 25.12 to lay waste to her previous PB of 25.35, inching her closer to the 25-second barrier.
15-year-old Bromley swimmer Tamryn Van Selm wound up 8th in a time of 26.02, just .02 slower than her PB of 26.00 from this morning.
Sophie Yendell, 17, finished in 7th after 50m fly bronze, tonight clocking a 50m free final time of 26.00.
Of note, last year’s British Champion Lucy Hope was not entered in this event this time around.
The women needed at least a time of 24.50 to be considered for this event at the World Championships.
MEN’S 400M IM – FINALS
- Selection Time #1 – 4:11.00, Selection Time #2 – 4:12.81
- British National Record – 4:09.62, Max Litchfield, 2017
- GOLD – Max Litchfield, 4:10.94
- SILVER – Mark Szaranek, 4:16.28
- BRONZE –Brodie Williams, 4:17.22
The British National Record holder in this event, Max Litchfield, put on a one-man show tonight in this 400m IM event. The Loughborough Olympic finalist busted out a mega-fast time of 4:10.94 to dip under the selection time #1 to secure his spot on the World Championships roster.
Litchfield holds the national record in a mark of 4:09.62 form the 2017 World Championships, but wasn’t able to follow-up with a Commonwealth Games medal due to having to pull out with a shoulder injury. Instead, he followed up with silver at the 2018 European Championships in a time of 4:11.00 and pounded out a powerful performance tonight.
Litchfield now sits as the 2nd fastest performer in the world this season.
Runner-up was Carnegie’s Mark Szaranek, hitting the wall in a mark of 4:15.28. That is shy of his personal best of 4:13.72 from last year’s Commonwealth Games where the former Florida Gator took silver.
It was Millfield’s Brodie Wiliams who turned it on in the end to beat out Max’s brother Joe Litchfield for bronze. Before tonight Williams had never been under 4:20 territory, but he made it there real quick with his 3rd place time of 4:17.22. He’s all of a sudden Britain’s 17th fastest performer of all-time.
Charlie Hutchison impressed again, going under 4:20 for his first time ever to clinch 5th in 4:19.34 at just 17 years of age. He took silver in this event last year in 4:23.57, so the 17-year-old has made major strides.
WOMEN’S 200M FLY – FINALS
- Selection Time #1 – 2:07.13, Selection Time #2 – 2:07.89
- British National Record – 2:04.83, Ellen Gandy, 2009
- GOLD – Alys Thomas, 2:07.40
- SILVER – Laura Stephens, 2:07.96
- BRONZE – Emily Large, 2:09.89
In a race that looked like it hurt almost all the way, 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Aly Thomas repeated as British National Champion with her winning effort of 2:07.40. That dipped under the Selection Time #2 of 2:07.89.
This morning, Thomas fired off an easy-looking 2:08.47 and the 29-year-old Swansea swimmer got the job done tonight in the 7th fastest time of the season worldwide.
Runner-up status came to Laura Stephens tonight, as the Plymouth Leander put up a mark of 2:07.96, a huge personal best by well over a second. She fell painstakingly shy of the 2:07.89 Selection Time #2.
2017 World Junior Champion in this event, Emily Large, produced her fastest time of the season in 2:09.89. She took the World Junior Championships title in 2:07.74, a mark that would have qualified for Gwangju.
Of note, triple Olympian Hannah Miley moved up from her 8th place position to 6th in 2:12.88, a respectable performance form the Scot who just had ankle surgery last fall
MEN’S 100M FREE – FINALS
- Selection Time #1 – 48.00, Selection Time #2 – 48.43
- British National Record – 47.90, Duncan Scott, 2017
- GOLD – Duncan Scott, 47.87 * British National Record, Scottish National Record
- SILVER – Scott McLay, 49.05
- BRONZE – David Cumberlidge, 49.11
The men’s 100m freestyle saw a new British National Record enter the books, as Duncan Scott fired off a winning time of 47.87. The man who finaled in Tokyo, won gold on the Gold Coast at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and silver at the 2018 European Championships just busted out a new personal best, shaving .03 off of his previous NR of 47.90.
Look for a separate post on this new British National Record, as he punched his ticket to Gwangju easily under the 48.00 QT. He’s now #3 in the world.
In light of Peaty’s unstoppable swimming and Luke Greenbank’s 53-point 100m back personal best, the British men’s medley relay is looking dangerous.
Also look for separate posts on Matt Richards and Jacob Whittle who made some major noise in the age group categories.