2021 British Trials: Max Litchfield Hits 4:14 IM, Thomas/Stephens Swim 2:09 FL

2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS

The 2021 British Selection Trials continue to impress at the London Aquatics Centre with this morning’s preliminaries now in the books leading into Friday’s PM finals session. Yesterday night, six more Brits swam under the Olympic selection standard, giving the selection committee 11 total swims to choose from for representation at the Olympics after two days of competition. Tonight at 7pm British time/11am Pacific/1pm Central/2pm Eastern, the finals of the men’s 400 IM, women’s 200 fly, men’s 100 free, women’s 400 free, and men’s 200 breast will take place. But first, here’s this morning’s prelims highlights:

Day 3 Prelims Highlights

After placing 3rd in the 200 IM final on Wednesday, Loughborough’s Max Litchfield nabbed the top men’s 400 IM seed at 4:14.67, the only sub-4:20 swim of the session. Litchfield needs to drop 1.2s in order to meet Britain’s selection standard of 4:13.47. Rounding out the top three times were Bath NC’s Jacob Greenow (4:20.13) and Loughborough’s Charlie Hutchison (4:20.42).

Another individual 3rd-place finisher grabbing the top seed heading into finals was Swansea’s Alys Thomas, who improved from 3rd in the 100 fly to leading the women’s 200 fly prelims at 2:09.02, a meager 0.02s ahead of Plymouth’s Laura Stephens (2:09.04). The British standard to punch the ticket to Tokyo is a 2:08.32, seven-tenths faster than Thomas and Stephens. Also breaking 2:10 was Bath NC’s Emily Large (2:09.64).

Immediately swimming under the Olympic qualifying standard of 48.35 was pre-selected Olympian Stirling’s Duncan Scott in the men’s 100 free, grabbing the top seed at 48.19. Bath NC teammates Thomas Dean (48.53) and Matthew Richards (48.78) rounded out the top three times, with Dean being the closest to the 48.35 selection standard. Placing fourth was 200 IM runner-up Joe Litchfield of Loughborough (48.90) while 16-year-old Jacob Whittle of Derventio hit fifth at 49.31.

Cruising to the women’s 400 free top seed was Bath NC’s Holly Hibbott, registering a morning swim of 4:14.07. The British qualification time sits at a swift 4:05.96. Hibbott’s lifetime best came from the 2018 European Championships, hitting the No. 4 British swim all-time of 4:05.01. At the 2016 Olympics, Jazmin Carlin earned Olympic silver with a 4:01.23, No. 3 all-time in British history. Teammate Leah Crisp placed second this morning at 4:15.50.

While Adam Peaty and James Wilby were pre-selected for the 100 breast, Stirling breaststroker Ross Murdoch has a shot at punching his ticket to Tokyo in the men’s 200 breast after swimming 2:09.90 for the top finals seed. Murdoch only needs to shave 0.85s from this morning to hit Britain’s standard of 2:09.05. He owns the British record at 2:07.30 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Loughborough’s Wilby placed second this morning at 2:10.29.

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Sapnu puas
19 days ago

Well consider me perched for the 100m freestyle. Hope Scott can drag at least one other under the consideration time!

Also hello GB throwing their hat into the mix for outside bronze medal contention in 4×100 free

Last edited 19 days ago by Sapnu puas
John
Reply to  Sapnu puas
19 days ago

Can Chuck Jimmy guy in the mix aswell!!

Jack
Reply to  John
19 days ago

And Ben Proud for Heats.

Khachaturian
Reply to  Sapnu puas
19 days ago

Who is their four person relay?

AnEn
Reply to  Khachaturian
19 days ago

Probably Scott, Dean, Guy and Proud/McLay/Richards/Whittle/Litchfield.

Sapnu puas
Reply to  Khachaturian
19 days ago

Scott, Guy, Richards, Dean would be my shout

Jack
Reply to  Sapnu puas
19 days ago

Can probably remove McLay from that equation now. Can’t imagine they would take someone who didnt even make the A final in their only competitive event to Europeans and allow him to swim individually. May do it at the Glascow or other qaulifying meet opportunities though but I’dsay its unlikely.

Dee
19 days ago

Those 100 free heats have me salivating over the 200 on Sunday. Litchfield, Kurle and Dean dropped a combined 2s on their PBs. Matt Richards looked to have something left in the tank, and I’d take him to finish 2nd to Duncan tonight. My only slight frustration is the 200 being the very last event of the week (again!), leaving athletes vulnerable to fatigue.

You can probably risk resting Duncan for 4×1 heats now too, which is a bonus for him personally. Separately, does anybody know what’s up with Burras? AWOL since his 48.5 in 2019. Such a talented swimmer.

Iain
Reply to  Dee
19 days ago

I’d like to see Richards get second, but I don’t see it – I think he went slower in the evening in all his events at both Manchester meets. I hope I’m wrong!

Dee
Reply to  Iain
19 days ago

He has history doing that in season, but I can’t find any tapered meets where he didn’t get faster through the rounds. Obviously he’s at Bath now so things may well be a bit different, but I thought he looked very controlled this AM.

Last edited 19 days ago by Dee
Iain
Reply to  Dee
19 days ago

And as usual you are on the money! 🙂

Rafael
Reply to  Dee
19 days ago

Without Scott I think GBR won´t qualify for finals..

Dee
Reply to  Rafael
19 days ago

It would be a risk, but I don’t see a choice, Scott can’t race everything. Three 48s men this morning + James Guy is a pretty handy team. We’ll see what happens tonight!

Breezeway
19 days ago

Duncan looks good. Expect a big meet from him in Tokyo

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