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
- Live Results
Women’s 50m Free – Prelims
- Selection Time #1 – 24.21, Selection Time #2 – 24.50
- British National Record – 23.96, Fran Halsall, 2014
Open Top 8:
|1.||Anna Hopkin||23||Ealing||24.91||+ 0.66||857|
|2.||Freya Anderson||18||Ellesmere Co||25.37||+ 0.72||812|
|3.||Emily Barclay||22||Loughboro Un||25.68||+ 0.63||783|
|4.||Tamryn Van Selm||15||Bromley||26.00||+ 0.70||754|
|5.||Alicia Wilson||19||Guildford Ct||26.08||+ 0.53||747|
|6.||Kate Clifton||19||Co Sheffield||26.10||+ 0.69||745|
|7.||Sophie Yendell||17||Co Derby||26.18||+ 0.66||739|
|7.||Emily Crane||21||Loughboro Un||26.18||+ 0.65||739|
After falling short of the podium here in Glasgow in the women’s 50m fly, 23-year-old Anna Hopkin roared to the wall first in the heats of the women’s 50m freestyle, blasting a new personal best in the process.
The University of Arkansas All American clocked a swift mark of 24.91 to represent the only sub-25 second swimmer of the entire field. Her time laid waste to her previous lifetime best of 25.07 from this same meet 2 years ago where she took the British National title, meaning this is her own personal inaugural adventure into the 24-second zone.
With her outing, Hopkin remains as the 5th fastest British swimmer in history. Her time also inserts Hopkin at the tail end of the top 25 performers in the world this season.
In hot pursuit tonight, however, will be 2017 World Junior Champion Freya Anderson of Ellesmere. The 18-year-old teen titan took the 2nd seed in 25.37 after already nabbing the 200m free gold on night 1 at these British Championships.
Anderson’s time this morning is only .02 outside of her PB of 25.35, so the multi-Commonwealth Games relay and European Championships relay medalist is well on her way to challenging Hopkin for the gold tonight.
Also in the mix is Loughborough’s Emily Barclay, who took 3rd seed in 25.68, although she holds a PB of 24.94 from last year’s Summer Championships. That entered her as the #1 seeded swimmer on the start lists and she’ll be lurking on one side of Hopkin tonight.
15-year-old Bromley swimmer Tamryn Van Selm once again turned heads here at Tollcross, making this fierce final in a morning effort of 26.00. Van Selm’s previous LTB was the 26.27 produced at last year’s British Summer Championships, a time that rendered the teen as the 15th seeded swimmer headed into this meet. She’s now 4th.
Our other special swimmer of the day from last night, Sophie Yendell, already took 50m fly bronze and she’s ready to rock another good swim tonight, making this women’s 50m free final.
Of note, last year’s British Champion Lucy Hope was not entered in this event this time around.
However, it’s a not-so-positive commentary on British women’s sprinting on the whole when it takes just a 26 low to make 4th seed. For comparison, the top 8 women at the Italian Championships just a few weeks ago saw 25.88 rank 8th after prelims.
At the French Nationals taking place now, just 2 morning swimmers among the top 8 were over 26.00.
Men’s 400m IM – Prelims
- Selection Time #1 – 4:11.00, Selection Time #2 – 4:12.81
- British National Record – 4:09.62, Max Litchfield, 2017
Open Top 8:
|1.||Max Litchfield||24||Loughboro NC||4:17.30||+ 0.65||851|
|50m 26.92||100m 57.62||150m 1:30.25||200m 2:03.43||250m 2:38.98||300m 3:16.15||350m 3:46.85||400m 4:17.30|
|2.||Mark Szaranek||24||Carnegie||4:21.50||+ 0.65||810|
|50m 27.56||100m 58.94||150m 1:32.28||200m 2:05.41||250m 2:42.01||300m 3:18.79||350m 3:50.02||400m 4:21.50|
|3.||Joe Litchfield||21||Loughboro NC||4:22.23||+ 0.68||804|
|50m 27.42||100m 59.21||150m 1:33.06||200m 2:06.33||250m 2:42.92||300m 3:20.71||350m 3:52.68||400m 4:22.23|
|4.||Brodie Williams||20||Millfield||4:22.61||+ 0.69||800|
|50m 27.81||100m 59.26||150m 1:32.33||200m 2:04.01||250m 2:42.67||300m 3:20.62||350m 3:53.10||400m 4:22.61|
|5.||Jacob Greenow||20||Bath Univ||4:22.70||+ 0.68||799|
|50m 27.02||100m 58.73||150m 1:32.36||200m 2:05.35||250m 2:42.02||300m 3:20.01||350m 3:52.51||400m 4:22.70|
|6.||Charlie Hutchison||17||Ellesmere Co||4:23.24||+ 0.57||794|
|50m 27.90||100m 59.60||150m 1:33.53||200m 2:07.01||250m 2:43.83||300m 3:21.21||350m 3:52.68||400m 4:23.24|
|7.||Callum Lawrie||21||UniOfStirl||4:25.12||+ 0.68||778|
|50m 27.73||100m 59.88||150m 1:34.17||200m 2:08.41||250m 2:44.51||300m 3:22.29||350m 3:54.64||400m 4:25.12|
|8.||Nathan Wells||21||Loughboro Un||4:29.67||+ 0.68||739|
|50m 27.70||100m 1:00.36||150m 1:35.30||200m 2:09.59||250m 2:48.41||300m 3:27.74||350m 3:59.07||400m 4:29.67|
Hitting his fastest time of the season, Olympic finalist Max Litchfield manhandled the men’s 400 IM heats this morning in Glasgow. Entering with a personal best and British National Record time of 4:09.62 fro the 2017 World Championships, Litchfield punched a time of 4:17.30 this morning to carry a little over 4 second advantage over Carnegie’s Mark Szaranek.
Szaranek hit the wall in 4:21.50 for the 2nd seed this morning. Hopefully for him, he’s en route to to at least meeting his personal best of 4:13.72 from last year’s Commonwealth Games. There on the Gold Coast, the former Florida Gator took silver, just .60 behind winner Clyde Lewis of Australia.
Litchfield wasn’t at the Commonwealth Games, having pulled out due to shoulder injury. But, the 24-year-old bounced back quickly, taking 2018 European Championships silver in this event in a big-time 4:11.00, the 4th fastest time of his career.
Younger brother Joe Litchfield will be on the other side of his brother tonight after reaping the 3rd seed in 4:22.23, while 17-year-old Charlie Hutchison continues to impress here in Glasgow by capturing the 6th seed. The Ellesmere teen holds a PB of 4:20.55 to check-in as the 20th fastest British performer of all-time and he’s already within range with a morning swim of 4:23.24.
Hutchison took the silver at this same meet last year, clocking 4:23.57, while Tom Dean won the title. Dean scratched this event, however, to focus solely on his 200 IM race.
A minimum of 4:12.81, however, is needed to even be considered to swim this event at this summer’s World Championships, so it will take a stellar swim from even the national record holder himself to secure a spot on the roster for Gwangju.
Women’s 200m Fly – Prelims
- Selection Time #1 – 2:07.13, Selection Time #2 – 2:07.89
- British National Record – 2:04.83, Ellen Gandy, 2009
Open Top 8:
|1.||Alys Thomas||29||Swansea Uni||2:08.47||+ 0.72||852||28.98||1:01.18||1:34.48|
|2.||Emily Large||18||Newcastle||2:10.62||+ 0.71||810||28.82||1:01.91||1:35.85|
|3.||Laura Stephens||20||Plymouth Lea||2:10.66||+ 0.69||810||29.14||1:02.03||1:35.96|
|4.||Charlotte Atkinson||23||Loughboro Un||2:11.72||+ 0.69||790||28.64||1:01.72||1:36.70|
|5.||Ciara Schlosshan||18||Co Leeds||2:11.78||+ 0.69||789||29.23||1:02.92||1:37.08|
|6.||Sophie Freeman||15||Plymouth Lea||2:13.74||+ 0.71||755||30.36||1:04.80||1:39.16|
|7.||Isobel Grant||21||Co Sheffield||2:13.86||+ 0.72||753||30.07||1:03.96||1:38.91|
|8.||Hannah Miley||30||Aberdeen Per||2:14.25||+ 0.67||746||30.38||1:04.38||1:39.02|
Alys Thomas is well on her way to defending her British National title with a solid morning swim of 2:08.47 in the heats of the women’s 200 fly.
Thomas hinted she was in good form at this meet with her somewhat surprise 4th place finish in the 200m free, an off event for her, on night 1. And, the 29-year-old Swansea swimmer delivered on that foreshadow with the only sub-2:10 outing of the women’s 200 fly field this morning.
Splitting 1:01.18/1:07.29, Thomas toned it down a tad on the back half, knowing she was in full control of her heat. Newcastle’s Emily Large kept pace through the first 100 in a 1:01.91 opener, before shutting it down herself to log the 2nd seeded time of 2:10.62.
Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens is right there in 2:10.66 to try to improve on her runner-up status from last year’s championships, while Isle of Man’s 50m fly champion here, Charlotte Atkinson, is well-placed as the 4th seeded swimmer in 2:11.72.
For Thomas, the veteran took the 2018 Commonwealth Games title in a wicked-fast time of 2:05.45, but she only needs to drop about a second+ from her morning outing to clear the minimum time standards to qualify for this summer’s World Championships.
For Large, the teen who took World Junior Championships gold in 2017 in a time of 2:07.74 will need to be at that personal best tonight to write her name into the roster.
Of note, Scottish national record holder Keanna MacInnes fell just short of the final, clocking 2:14.57 for the 9th seed. We’ll see if she makes it in via a scratch.
Hannah Miley fought like she always does, still recovering from ankle surgery late last year to put up a respectable 2:14.25 to sneak into the final.
Miley is 15 years older than the 7th seed of the morning, Sophie Freeman of Plymouth Leander, who pounded an AM mark of 2:13.74, a new personal best by well over a second.
Men’s 100m Free – Prelims
- Selection Time #1 – 48.00, Selection Time #2 – 48.43
- British National Record – 47.90, Duncan Scott, 2017
|1.||Duncan Scott||22||UniOfStirl||48.91||+ 0.68||882||23.25|
|2.||Scott McLay||20||UniOfStirl||49.40||+ 0.64||856||23.32|
|3.||Jack Thorpe||25||Edinburgh Un||49.51||+ 0.67||850||23.56|
|4.||David Cumberlidge||22||Edinburgh Un||49.59||+ 0.66||846||23.59|
|5.||Calum Jarvis||27||Bath NC||49.84||+ 0.64||833||23.82|
|6.||Craig McLean||21||UniOfStirl||49.88||+ 0.65||831||24.25|
|7.||Yusuke Legard||23||Wycombe Dist||50.09||+ 0.64||821||23.82|
|8.||Timothy Shuttleworth||22||Loughboro Un||50.27||+ 0.71||812||24.24|
The British National Record holder in this event, Duncan Scott, scored the only sub-49 second time of the field in the men’s 100m freestyle, clocking 48.91 to land lane 4.
The University of Stirling standout finaled in this event somewhat unexpectedly at the 2016 Rio Olympics in 5th (48.01) and has been on a tear ever since, placing 5th at the 2017 World Championships (48.11).
He came away with the coveted Commonwealth Games in 48.02 gold over Australian Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers and South African Chad Le Clos and also nabbed silver at the 2018 European Championships in 48.23.
So far this year, Scott has thrown down some 48-low splits on relays at domestic meets, so the signs were there his speed was feeling good. This morning he went out in 23.25 and brought it home in 25.66 to set himself up as ‘the hunted’ tonight.
His teammate Scott McLay is ready to get on the podium as well, clocking 49.40 this morning, the fastest time of his career by about half a second.
Finishing just out the top 9 is 16-year-old Matthew Richards of Royal Wolverhampton. One of our pre-meet swimmers to watch, Richards produced a morning effort of 50.29, beating his previous personal best of 50.57 from last year’s British Summer Championships.
In fact, Richards’ time this morning now checks-in as a British Age Record in the event.
Another age record went down for 14-year-olds, courtesy of Jacob Whittle of Derentio Excel. Another one of our pre-meet swimmers to watch, this kid blew up a 50.40. Look for separate posts on these age records.
Of note, Ben Proud wound up no-showing his heat of this men’s 100m free.
Men’s 1500m Free – Prelims
- Selection Time #1 – 14:48.40, Selection Time #2 – 14:59.36
- British National Record – 14:45.95, David Davies, 2004
The men’s 1500m free will included in tonight’s finals recap.