2022 British Swimming Championships Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2022 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

After this evening’s finals session here in Sheffield, we’ll already be halfway through the 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.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE FINAL

  • British Record – 14:45.95, David Davies 2004
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 14:56.54

Podium:

GOLD – Daniel Jervis, 14:58.63
SILVER – Tobias Robinson, 15:12.24
BRONZE – Luke Turley, 15:20.77

Having already reaped the men’s 400m freestyle title here in Sheffield, Olympic finalist Daniel Jervis took this men’s 1500m freestyle by storm.

Capturing the nationals title in a mark of 14:58.63, Jervis was well ahead of the field with the only sub-15:00 time of the night.

Jervis owns a lifetime best of 14:46.51, a result from 2019 which renders the Swansea swimmer as GBR’s #2 male of all time. Only David Davies has been faster with his national record-setting effort of 14:45.95 from 2004.

WOMEN’S 50 FREESTYLE FINAL

  • British Record – 23.96, Fran Halsall 2014
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 24.35

Podium:

GOLD – Anna Hopkin, 24.85
SILVER – Isabella Hindley 25.25
BRONZE – Evelyn Davis 25.39

Former Arizona Razorback Anna Hopkin carried over her top seed from the morning with a convincing victory tonight in the women’s 50m free final.

Registering a winning effort of 24.85, the 25-year-old Olympic finalist marked the only sub-25 second time of the field, beating runner-up Isabella Hindley by nearly half a second.

17-year-old Evelyn Davis rounded out the top 3 in 25.39, although all of the finishers fell shy of the British Swimming-mandated qualifying time of 24.35.

For perspective, Hopkin ranks as GBR’s #2 swimmer of all time in this event, owning a lifetime best of 24.34 to sit only behind national record holder Fran Halsall and her mark of 23.96 from 2014.

As for Hindley and Davis, they own PBs of 25.13 and 25.27, respectively.

MEN’S 400 IM FINAL

  • British Record – 4:09.62, Max Litchfield 2017
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 4:13.67

Podium:

GOLD – Duncan Scott – 4:09.18 *NATIONAL RECORD
SILVER – Brodie Williams – 4:14.69
BRONZE – Jacob Greenow – 4:18.41

Ripping a lifetime best and new national record, Duncan Scott powered his way to gold in a monster effort of 4:09.18.

The 24-year-old winningest Scottish Olympian ever roared his way to the wall in the only sub-4:10 time of the field, overtaking the previous GBR nation record of 4:09.62 in the process.

The previous mark was held by Max Litchfield, which he set in 2017. Litchfield is pre-qualified in this event by finaling at the 2020 Olympic Games and has bypassed these Championships altogether, instead opted to race at the South African National Championships.

Remarkably, Scott hacked over 6 seconds off of his previous personal best of 4:15.44, a mark he registered just last month in Edinburgh. Entering that meet, versatile Scott’s lifetime best rested at the 4:20.39 he registered at the 2019 British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Championships.

Scott now owns the British national records across the 100m free, 200m IM and 400m IM in long course.

The University of Stirling athlete now ranks as the top swimmer in the world for 2022.

MEN’S 400 IM

RANK TIME SWIMMER MEET DATE
1 4:10.75 Tomoru Honda (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships 3/2/22
2 4:10.82 Daiya Seto (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships 3/2/22
3 4:11.75 Kaito Tabuchi (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships 3/2/22
4 4:12.19 Yuki Ikari (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships 3/2/22
5 4:14.38 Genki Terakado (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships

 

WOMEN’S 200 FLY FINAL

  • British Record – 2:04.83, Ellen Gandy 2009
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 2:07.91

Podium:

GOLD – Laura Stephens, 2:08.11
SILVER – Keanna Macinnes, 2:10.02
BRONZE – Holly Hibbot, 2:10.27

Unfortunately, the women weren’t able to hit the British Swimming-qualifying time of 2:07.91 to qualify for the 20222 World Championships in Budapest.

Stephens did knock some time off of her prelims putting up 2:08.11 as opposed to her heats time of 2:09.70.

Stephens has been as fast as 2:07.04 to rank as Great Britain’s 4th fastest swimmer of all time in this event.

MEN’S 100 FREE FINAL

  • British Record – 47.87, Duncan Scott 2019/2021
  • World Championships Qualifying Time – 48.15

Podium:

GOLD – Lewis Burras, 47.88
SILVER – Tom Dean, 48.06
BRONZE – Jacob Whittle, 48.24

The men’s 100m free final lived up to its hype, as the British national record was nearly broken in tonight’s final in Sheffield.

21.-year-old Lewis Burras put up the swim of his life in this men’s 1free final, cracking a monster career-best of 47.88 to get the win.

Opening in 22.68 and closing in 25.20 en route to gold, Burras dipped under the 48-second threshold for the first time of his young career, obliterating his previous PB of 48.15 from just this morning. In doing so, he becomes just the 2nd British swimmer ever to dip under the 48-second threshold.

Burras’ time also dipped under the GBR-mandated qualifying time fo 48.15, which is a big feat considering how stiff the qualification criteria are.

Of note, reigning 200m free Olympic champion Tom Dean snagged silver in 48.06 while 17-year-old Jacob Whittle notched a near-personal best of 48.24 to grab bronze.

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Mark
5 months ago

England’s 4 x 100m men’s relay team will win at Comm Games so easily that it’s going to be a joke of a race!!!

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  Mark
5 months ago

A joke of a race? Really? Australia is likely to be faster in 3 out of the 4 legs. Ok, Peaty is more than two seconds faster than what Australia currently has to offer and that will probably be enough. But let’s say he doesn’t shoot the lights out and/or the Australian breastroker(Stubblety-Cook probably) swims better than expected. It then gets awfully close. Would Burras or Dean feel confident with a narrow lead up against Chalmers?
 

Troyy
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
5 months ago

They’re talking about the 4×100 free not the medley. Even so it shouldn’t be as big a wipeout as they’re thinking when Australia has Chalmers back at Comm Games.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

I assumed it was the medley relay because GBR always talks up its prospects in that event. I agree England will be favourites in the 4X100FS but it’s more likely to be hard fought than a “joke of a race”.

Mark
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
5 months ago

I was talking about the freestyle and yes the ‘joke of a race’ comment was a bit tongue in cheek however England will win that freestyle relay no doubt about it. And as you’ve mentioned the medley relay that will also result in a win, you can put your mortgage on that!

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  Mark
5 months ago

You talk confident but if you had to put money on the line at long odds I suspect you wouldn’t be sleeping comfortably.

Stirlo
Reply to  Mark
5 months ago

I’m glad it’s your mortgage and not mine! Obviously England is strong, but without Scott, and with Chalmers there, I’m not certain of the victory. I have more confidence GB can challenge at the Worlds, especially as that event comes first.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
5 months ago

Great performance by Scott. His star just keeps rising. After a long period of stagnation the 400IM is starting to look deeper with plenty of new talent: Foster, Smith, Marchand, Razzetti, Borodin.

Lil Swimmy
5 months ago

arizona razorbacks

Meow
5 months ago

Arizona Razorback??

TheBoy
5 months ago

Lewis Burras…GOAT status stuff.

Chungus
5 months ago

Lewis the goat

Noah
5 months ago

Why are the British qualifying times so strict? A 24.3 for women’s 50 fr is an insane time to qualify.

vortsq
Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

The suspicion has long been that the standards are set so high so the selectors can fall back on their discretionary picks when no one makes the cut. Basically, if you’re a newcomer you’ve got to show you’ve got the potential to final/medal at major meets whereas for swimmers who’ve made cuts in the past they can get the benefit of the doubt if no one makes the cut. Maybe that’s a bit of cynical view, I suppose the view is they don’t want to pay to send people to major meets to just participate.

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

It’s not just for Britain. If you’ve seen the JASF times, some of them are faster than our national records

Former Big10
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
5 months ago

Can add Germany to the list

Reid
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
5 months ago

Japanese qualifying is just bureaucrats justifying their existence

Sam
5 months ago

Cracking swim from Dunc! But the rest of the Stirling contingent have been far from present. Lucy Hope was also on that Olympic team and no where to be seen. Great to see MacInnes squeeze into Commie time but for me it’s the Dunc show and Stirling have been very poor so far in comparison to the other British supported programmes.

Dee
Reply to  Sam
5 months ago

Cam Kurle set a pretty big 100fr PB today

Sam
Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Indeed he did. Just pointing out the Scots!

SwimSider
Reply to  Sam
5 months ago

By ‘supported’ programs you mean Loughborough + Bath? Stirling is not a National Centre…

Lucy Hope is hardly their biggest asset to be highlighted, odd you chose her unless you are Edinburgh affiliated and have grievance? Are you Mathew Trodden!?

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