British Gas Championships Information Released

British Swimming has released all the pertinent that relates to the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships.

The event will be held from April 10-15th at the Tollcross Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. The facility has just been refurbished for the 2014 Commonwealth Games where the swimming events will from July 24th-29th. The 2014 British Gas Championships will also double as the Commonwealth Games Trails for the English team and as part of the selection process for the Welsh team.

The event schedule can be found here

The event conditions can be found here

Many of the qualifying times are significantly slower, but the biggest difference from the 2013 event is the timing between the competition and the major games that it is being used as a qualifier for.

Last year British Swimming decided to use timing similar to the United States, holding trials much closer to the competition date. There was just over a month between trials and the world championships compared to 2012 when their Olympic Trials were held almost five months before the London Olympics.

At both competitions Great Britain had results that were well below their expectations, but in Barcelona British swimmers earned only one medal:

2012 Olympics: one silver and two bronze

2013 World Championships: one bronze

Because of this fact it is not surprising that they have gone back to holding their trials well before the Commonwealth Games.

The 2014 competition qualifying times are as follows:

Men Open

Event

Women Open

23.82

50 free

27.07

51.77

100 free

57.65

1:52.89

200 free

2:04.33

4:03.82

400 free

4:24.55

800 free

9:03.27

16:08.67

1500 free

30.08

50 breast

33.86

1:05.74

100 breast

1:12.79

2:22.31

200 breast

2:37.26

27.67

50 back

30.79

58.61

100 back

1:04.46

2:06.28

200 back

2:18.55

25.57

50 fly

28.91

55.91

100 fly

1:02.86

2:07.31

200 fly

2:19.35

2:08.47

200 IM

2:19.78

4:39.04

400 IM

5:00.11

 

*2013 qualifying times can be found here

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