2022 British Swimming Championships Day 5 Finals Live Recap


After today, we’ll have just one day left of these 2022 British Swimming Championships the meet which represents the Trials for both World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

As a refresher, some names have been pre-selected to compete at the World Championships by virtue of their performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. They are as follows:

Additionally, James GuyAnna Hopkin and Matt Richards will all earn a spot at Worlds due to the fact that they swam on in a relay final that won a medal in Tokyo.


  • British Record – 7:44.32, David Davies 2009
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 7:49.58


GOLD – Daniel Jervis, 7:50.35
SILVER – Luke Turley, 7:54.52
BRONZE – Kieran Bird, 7:55.95

Unfortunately for Great Britain, no swimmer notched an automatic qualifying time in this men’s 800m free tonight.

Olympian Daniel Jervis topped the podium in 7:50.35, while Luke Turley and Kieran Bird also grabbed medals in respective efforts of 7:54.52 and 7:55.95.

A minimum time of 7:49.58 was set forth by British Swimming for this summer’s FINA World Aquatic Championships.


  • British Record – 27.19, Kathleen Dawson 2021
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – N/A


GOLD – Lauren Cox, 27.83
SILVER – Medi Harris, 27.84
BRONZE – Kathleen Dawson, 28.31

Capturing her first-ever British national title, Loughborough’s Lauren Cox busted out a new lifetime best to take the women’s 50m back.

Hitting the time pad in 27.83, Cox beat out the 100m backstroke winner here Medi Harris by just .01, dipping under the 28-second threshold for the first time in her career. Cox now ranks as the 6th fastest British performer of all time.

National record holder Kathleen Dawson rounded out the top 3 in 28.31 this evening.

No additional female made the grade for Budapest in the individual 100m back here earlier, however, with the top swimmer, Harris, clocking 59.95 when British Swimming mandates a 59.02.


  • British Record – 21.11, Ben Proud 2018
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 21.79


GOLD – Lewis Burras, 21.77
SILVER – Ben Proud, 21.91
BRONZE – Adam Barratt, 22.52

21-year-old Lewis Burras earned the sprint king crown by doubling up on his 100m free victory with a 50m free gold here.

Burras of Winchester produced a personal best of 21.77 to top the podium, beating out ‘the hulk’ who is British national record holder Ben Proud. Proud, unrested, as he is already pre-qualified in this event, snagged silver in 21.91 while veteran Adam Barratt wrapped up bronze in 22.52.

It was just this past December when Burras established his new lifetime best in the splash n’ dash, a mark of 21.79 at a local Winchester meet. On a British historical swimming scale, his result sits only behind Proud who owns the national record in a time of 21.11 from 2018.

Proud logged a time of 21.72 to finish in 5th place in this event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.


  • British Record – 4:00.60, Joanne Jackson 2009
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 4:05.22


GOLD – Freya Anderson, 4:08.46
SILVER –Freya Colbert, 4:09.04
BRONZE – Mia Slevin, 4:13.24

Although she snagged the top seed out of the morning heats, North Carolina State University-commit Tamryn Van Selm dropped down to finish 4th in this women’s 400m free event, registering a time of 4:13.95.

Soaring to the top of the podium was two-time European Short Course Championships gold medalist Freya Anderson who touched in 4:08.46 for a decisive win.

Edging out Freya ColbertAnderson bumped herself up from 2nd after the prelims to now the gold medalist here.

Anderson is prequalified for Budapest for relays but is chasing an individual event addition here, while Colbert already nailed a big-time personal best in the 200m free.


  • British Record – 1:55.28, Duncan Scott 2021
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 1:57.61


GOLD – Duncan Scott, 1:56.08 (pre-qualified)
SILVER – Tom Dean, 1:57.18 *Budapest Qualifying*
BRONZE – James McFadzen, 1:59.60

Scotland’s most decorated Olympian of all time Duncan Scott simply does not disappoint, putting up a swift 1:56.08 to decisively win the men’s 200m IM here at the British Championships.

Beating a stacked field by over a second, Scott logged his fastest time of 2022, beating out the 1:56.33 Chinese Olympic champion Wang Shun posted last September to take over the world rankings.

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In fact, this outing here ranks as versatile Scott’s 3rd fastest outing of all time. His national record sits at the 1:55.28 he produced at the 2020 Olympic Games, while he also hit 1:55.90 at last year’s British Olympic Trials.

Tom Dean, the 200m free Olympic champion, already qualified in the men’s 100m free here for the 2022 FINA World Aquatic Championships but now the Bath swimmer adds this 200m IM to his agenda as well.


  • British Record – 2:06.88, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor 2016
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 2:10.98


GOLD – Abbie Wood, 2:11.03
SILVER – Lily Booker, 2:13.41
BRONZE – Katie Shanahan, 2:13.63

Olympic finalist Abbie Wood is already pre-selected in this 200m IM event, but she put forth a solid effort nonetheless.

Touching in 2:11.03, Wood beat the field by over 2 seconds, with mainstay Lily Booker hitting 2:13.41 for silver while the 200m backstroke champion here Katie Shanahan posted 2:13.63 to round out the podium.

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9 months ago

Good swim

9 months ago

Is there a running gag with which I’m woefully unfamiliar or something? Why are swims being labeled ‘monster’ everywhere? In terms of distance from WR, a 21.77 50FR is equivalent to a 48.55 100FR… is that ‘monster’? It’s good, perhaps could be described as solid, but ‘monster’? Even his previous 21.79 was labeled as ‘monster’ later in the article. Matt Sates’ 1:46.15 200FR was also described as ‘monster’ in a recent article headline.

Lukas Martens swam a 3:41.60 400FR today, truly a monster swim, and there wasn’t a single adjective used in the entire article to describe the time.

Last edited 9 months ago by SwimFan99
Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
Reply to  SwimFan99
9 months ago

People are excited about swimming, just let it happen

9 months ago

Huge age group record in the 200im for Phoebe Cooper – 2.17.19, taking over a second off of Katie Shanahan’s previous mark. Her ‘fly once again looking effortless, out in 28.4!

Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
9 months ago

Tom Deam drops PB in both 100 free and 200 IM. It makes you wonder what he will do in 200 free.

Scuncan Dott
Reply to  Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
9 months ago

I predict a mid 1:44 from both Duncan and Tom

Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
9 months ago

Also Dean’s freestyle split is 27.54.

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
9 months ago


Last edited 9 months ago by Daeleb Creseel
Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
9 months ago

Watch out 1:43 incoming

daeleb cressel
Reply to  Daeleb Creseel
9 months ago

you imposter

Reply to  Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
9 months ago

He looks really fit, but I’m not sure what to expect as before today we hadn’t seen a tapered 200im from him since 2019.

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Dee
9 months ago

2019 worlds
4×2 fly start 1:46.10; 2IM 01:58.34

Reply to  Daeleb Creseel
9 months ago

Wouldn’t draw a direct line with that swim, he got out of the pool disappointed after getting a bit over-enthusiastic and sprinting from the first stroke. He was also still primarily an IMer then.

Reply to  Dee
9 months ago

Scott wasn’t tapered and has been out of the pool with flu

Scuncan Dott
9 months ago

Duncan said he’s been focusing on his 400IM this year so I’m assuming he will swim it at Worlds

Sapnu puas
9 months ago

I’m quite worried by how much I’m in love with Duncan Scott…

Also Dean under the 200IM consideration time…wonder if he’ll choose to 100 free or 200IM because they’re in the same session at worlds. (Lowkey hoping he does the medley so Whittle can do 100 free ooop)

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Sapnu puas
9 months ago

Drop Scott a DM, shoot ur shot!

9 months ago

I’m pretty sure Freya Anderson isn’t pre-selected for relays (or individuals)

Martin McEvoy
Reply to  LittleFin
9 months ago

Freya has the gold from the heat swim of the mixed medley, as Wilby as the silver in the men’s medley – I think that gets them on the plane.

Reply to  Martin McEvoy
9 months ago

Selection says those who swam final for medal winning relay.

Wilby on plane due to 200breast, not relay heat

Scuncan Dott
9 months ago

Duncan’s time in this 200IM will be interesting to see how much he’s tapered for this meet.

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