2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS
- Wednesday, April 14th – Sunday, April 18th
- Prelims at 10am local/Finals at 7pm local
- London Aquatics Centre
- British Olympic Selection Policy
- Primary Olympic Selection Meet (not only opportunity)
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap
- Live Stream
- Live Results
MEN’S 1500 FREE – FINAL
British National Record – 14:45.95, David Davies 2004
British OLY QT – 14:55.91
FINA ‘A’ – 15:00.91
GOLD –14:51.49 Daniel Jervis, Olympic Qualifying
SILVER –15:01.35, Tobias Robinson
BRONZE – 15:07.71, Luke Turley
Taking the men’s 1500m freestyle in a race essentially by himself was Swansea swimmer Daniel Jervis. The 24-year-old 800m free champion here fired off a winning time of 14:51.49 to take this grueling event’s title in a time worthy of consideration for this summer’s Olympic Games.
His result of 14:51.49 marked the only outing under the 15:00 threshold this evening, with Tobias Robinson and Luke Turley placing 2nd and 3rd in respective efforts of 15:01.35 and 15:07.71.
For Jervis, this qualification is a little redemption from just missing out by less than a second in the 800m free. He is the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist in this longer distance, having clocked a time of 14:48.67 on the Gold Coast. He followed that up with a 13th place result at the 2019 FINA World Championships in 15:01.50.
Post-race, Jervis was ecstatic about having clinched a consideration time. “This is an absolute dream.”
For his efforts, Jervis now ranks as the 4th fastest 1500m freestyle performer this season.
WOMEN’S 1500 FREE – FINAL
British National Record – 15:47.26, Jazmin Carlin 2013
British OLY QT – 16:04.14
FINA ‘A’ – 16:32.04
GOLD – Leah Crisp, 16:46.09
SILVER – Lucy Charles-Barclay, 16:46.26
BRONZE – Emily Clarke, 16:59.68
Bath swimmer Leah Crisp doubled up on her 800m free victory here with another gold in this 1500m event. Stopping the clock in 16:38.76, Crisp held off Lucy Charles-Barclay who nearly clipped the Crisp at the end, touching in 16:46.26 for silver.
Rounding out the top 3 was Emily Clarke, adding this bronze medal in 16:59.68 to her runner-up result in teh 400m free.
No swimmer notched a time under the British Swimming Consideration Standard of 16:04.14.
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST – FINAL
British National Record – 1:06.34, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor 2016
British OLY QT – 1:06.79
FINA ‘A’ – 1:07.07
GOLD – Sarah Vasey, 1:06.37 Olympic Qualifying
SILVER – Molly Renshaw, 1:06.72 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Kara Hanlon, 1:08.00
24-year-old Sarah Vasey attacked this women’s 100m breaststroke race, nearly overtaking the British national record in her victory. Opening in 31.11 and closing in 35.26, Vasey ultimately got to the wall in a mark of 1:06.37, a new lifetime best by over half a second. Entering this meet, Vasey’s career-quickest was represented by the 1:06.78 she produced in 2017.
Also qualifying was Molly Renshaw, the woman who already nailed a new British record of her own en route to topping the 200m breaststroke podium. Tonight, Renshaw logged 1:06.72 to add this event to her potential Olympic lineup, nearly on her lifetime best of 1:06.78 from 2017.
Rounding out the top 3 was Kara Hanlon who touched in 1:08.00.
Vasey now enters the season’s world rankings in slot #7 en route to becoming Great Britain’s 3rd fastest performer all-time.
MEN’S 200 BACK – FINAL
British National Record – 1:55.34, Luke Greenbank 2021
British OLY QT – 1:56.60
FINA ‘A’ – 1:57.50
GOLD – Luke Greenbank, 1:56.70 (pre-qualified)
SILVER – Elliot Clogg, 1:57.77
BRONZE – Brodie Wiliams, 1:58.76
The men’s 100m backstroke winner here, World Championships medalist Luke Greenbank, got it done for gold in this 200m back event. He clinched the top prize in 1:56.70, a mark which beat out Elliot Clogg by over a second. Although Greenbank’s time was over the British consideration standard, he was pre-qualified by way of his bronze medal in this 200m back event in Gwangju.
Greenbank had suffered a sprained ankle recently, which had impacted his training, as well as his racing tonight. As for Clogg, the Loughborough teammate produced a time of 1:57.77 to slice nearly .20 off of his 2019 lifetime best of 1:57.96.
Greenbank already sits as the #4 swimmer in the world as he already nailed a 1:55.34 British record from this past March in Manchester.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE – FINAL
British National Record – 23.96, Francesca Halsall 2014
British OLY QT – 24.60
FINA ‘A’ – 24.77
GOLD – Anna Hopkin, 24.79
SILVER – Isabella Hindley & Lucy Hope 25.13
Former Arkansas athlete Anna Hopkin clocked a mark of 24.79 to reap the women’s 50m free title here. She represented the only racer to get under the 25-second mark, with a tie for the next spot notched by Isabella Hindley and Lucy Hope. Hindley & Hope matched marks in 25.13.
Hopkin had already placed 2nd in the 100m freestyle here behind winner Freya Anderson. She ranks as GBR’s #2 performer all-time in this women’s 50m free event, with a lifetime best of 24.34 from the 2019 FINA World Championships. She ultimately placed 7th there in Gwangju in 24.40.
MEN’S 200 FREE – FINAL
British National Record – 1:44.91, Duncan Scott 2019
British OLY QT – 1:46.99
FINA ‘A’ – 1:47.02
GOLD – Duncan Scott, 1:44.47 *British Record, Olympic Qualifying (pre-qualified as well)
SILVER – Tom Dean, 1:44.58 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Matt Richards, 1:45.77*
This men’s 200m free just brought the virtual house down as Duncan Scott scorched a new British national record en route to victory. Firing off an opening split of 50.25 and closing in 54.22, Scott roared his way to the wall in a monster time of 1:44.47. That overtook his own previous national record, a time of 1:44.91 he registered for bronze at the 2019 FINA World Championships. That medal-worthy performance rendered Scott pre-qualified for this event.
Joining him on the Olympic roster in this stacked race was Tom Dean, with the Bath man crushing a massive lifetime best of 1:44.58. Dean kept up with Scott, leading off in 50.57 before ending in 54.01 to give Scott a run for his money down the line. Dean’s previous personal best in this event sat at the 1:46.03 he produced at the 2020 Edinburgh International, so the man entirely skipped the 1:45’s and went straight into the 1:44 zone, overtaking the previous British Record along with Scott in the process.
Rounding out the top 3 and not to be discounted was Matt Richards, with the 18-year-old ripping a time of 1:45.77 to beat out 2015 World Championships gold medalist James Guy to place 3rd. Richards’ previous PB sat at 1:47.23 entering this meet, a mark he logged for silver at the European Junior Championships. Richards already most likely qualified for Tokyo as 2nd place finisher in the 100m free behind Scott.
For Guy’s part, he placed 4th in this 200m, stopping the clock in 1:46.04.
Scott and Dean now rank as the #1 and #2 swimmers in the world this season and, with Japan’s Katsuo Matsumoto, represent the only sub-1:45 second swimmers.