2023 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, April 4th – Sunday, April 9th
- Prelims at 9:30 am local (4:30 am EDT)/Finals at 6:00 pm local (1:00 pm EDT)
- Ponds Forge, Sheffield
- LCM (50m)
- World Championships Qualifier
- World Championships Selection Criteria
- Draft Entries
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Recap | Day 2 Finals Recap
- Live Results
The third morning of the 2023 British Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge featured the women’s 50 free, men’s 400 IM, women’s 200 fly, men’s 100 free, and the early heats of the men’s 1500 free.
British sprint star Anna Hopkin got things going this morning, turning in a very solid prelims performance of 24.72 to lead the field in the women’s 50 free. Hopkin, the British Record holder in the women’s LCM 100 free, has a career best of 24.34 in the LCM 50 free, a time which she swam at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.
Importantly, the automatically qualifying time to make the British team for Worlds this summer in 24.38, meaning Hopkin will need to get down to her personal best in finals tonight in order to guarantee a spot on the Worlds roster. On the other hand, Hopkin was just off the secondary selection time published by British Swimming, which stands at 24.65. If Hopkin were to hit that time tonight, but not the automatic QT, she would still have a chance to be selected to the World Champs roster in the event, but nothing would be guaranteed.
The men’s 100 free saw some of British Swimming’s best and brightest competing this morning. Leading the way was Matt Richards, who blasted a new lifetime best of 47.72 to claim the top seed for tonight’s final. Not only did the swim mark Richards’ first time under 48 seconds in the individual 100 free, he’s also now the top performer in the world in the men’s LCM 100 free this year.
Additionally, Richards is now the #2 British performer all time in the event, and just the fourth British swimmer to go under 48 seconds in the event off a flat-start.
All-Time British Performers, Men’s LCM 100 Free:
- Lewis Burras – 47.63
- Matt Richards – 47.72
- Tom Dean – 47.83
- Duncan Scott – 47.87
- Jacob Whittle – 48.11
Also very much of note, each of the top five performers all-time in the 100 free competed in the event this morning, and all five advanced to the ‘A’ final tonight. Of course, Richards led the way with his 47.72. It was Jacob Whittle who came in next this morning, putting up a solid morning swim of 48.45. Duncan Scott touched right behind Whittle, posting a 48.48, while Tom Dean was right behind him in 48.52, and British Record holder Lewis Burras came in fifth with a 48.77.
Given the incredible amount of talent in the ‘A’ final of the men’s 100 free tonight, it will surely be a can’t-miss race, where it seems like we may just see a British Record go down.
Laura Stephens had a great swim in the women’s 200 fly heats this morning, speeding to a 2:07.62. With the swim, Stephens grabbed the top seed for tonight’s final by exactly 1.5 seconds. Moreover, Stephens was just off her personal best of 2:07.04, which she swam in the summer of 2021. Like Hopkin, Stephens put herself within striking distance of the automatic qualifying time for Worlds, which is a 2:06.81 in the 200 fly. It would take a lifetime best performance in finals tonight for Stephens to hit that mark, however, she was only 0.81 seconds off it this morning.
The field was strong behind Stephens this morning, seeing Keanna MacInnes and Emily Large both come in under 2:10 as well. MacInnes has a personal best of 2:08.86 in the event, while Large’s personal best stands at 2:07.74, however, that was a time she swam back at the 2017 World Junior Championships, almost six years ago now.
Mark Szaranek led prelims of the men’s 400 IM this morning, clocking a 4:22.34 to grab lane four for tonight’s ‘A’ final.