British Gas Swimming Championships Preview

The British Gas Swimming Championships will run from April 10th-15th in Glasgow at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, the site of the swimming events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Over these six days the teams that will represent England, Scotland and Wales at those games will be chosen.

Selection policies for England, Scotland and Wales Commonwealth Games teams can be found here

Going into the competition England has athletes ranked in the top five in the world in nine events while Scotland has five and Wales has three.

Scotland held their national championships the last week, which produced some impressive performances by Michael Jamieson, Ross Murdoch, Calum Tait and Hannah Miley. The three Scottish men are three of the four male Brits who rank in the world’s top five, the only other being England’s Adam Peaty.

It should be a very exciting showdown in the men’s breaststroke events. Murdoch put up the world’s second fastest time in the 50 (27.28) and 100 (59.75) breaststroke events during last weekend’s competition, while Peaty had already recorded the fourth fastest 50 (27.51) and third fastest 100 (59.90) at the beginning of March. Jamieson, the Olympic silver medalist, posted the world’s number one time of 2:08.01 in the 200 breaststroke, holding off Murdoch who recorded a 2:09.15, the world’s fourth fastest time. Andrew Willis most likely will be in the mix in the longer event. Willis finished fourth at the World Championships last summer one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Jamieson.

Miley, who holds the British records in both the 200 and 400 IM, will be in tough in the women’s medley events. Even though she put up the world’s second ranked time in the 400 IM (4:35.48) at the Scottish Nationals England’s Aimee Willmott is the one woman in the world who has swum faster, having posted a 4:33.64 in January. 

If Miley takes home the victory in the 400 IM it will be her ninth consecutive national title in the event.

The women’s 200 IM should also garner some of the world’s top times. Heading into the event Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has the world’s second ranked time of 2:10.35 while Willmott is fifth in the world rankings with a 2:10.87. Sophie Allen, who represented Britain in Barcelona last summer, may also be a factor in the event.

The only medal that Great Britain brought home from the 2013 World Championships was a bronze in the women’s 50 freestyle, which was won by England’s Fran Halsall. Halsall enters this weekend’s events with the world’s second fastest time in the 50 freestyle (24.38) and the third ranked time in the 50 butterfly (26.12) and will not likely be challenged in the shorter sprint events.

She should have a battle on her hands in the 100 butterfly where she will face national champion Jemma Lowe, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Rachael Kelly. In the 100 freestyle Halsall’s main competition will come in the form of Lithuanian superstar Ruta Meilutyte.

Meilutyte, who swim’s with Jon Rudd in Plymouth, will be swimming a very full schedule in Glasgow as she is entered in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly and the 200 IM.

Another young swimmer that will be fun to watch is Meilutyte’s Plymouth teammate Ben Proud. Proud had an incredible showing at last year’s championships winning the men’s 50 butterfly in a new British record time of 23.10, breaking Mark Foster‘s mark that stood for 10 years.

The top performers from Wales in 2014 have been Jazz Carlin, who ranks fifth in the world in the 400 (4:05.56) and third in the world in the 800 freestyle (8:23.91) and Georgia Davies who currently is the world’s top ranked swimmer in the 50 backstroke (27.80). Both of whom will be hard to beat in Glasgow.

Full schedule of events can be found here

Competition entries can be found here

Live broadcast of the competition can be found here

Live results can be found here

 

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Donna
7 years ago

Paul has taught all three of my sons to swim, one of which still enjoys swimming for SSC. My youngest is still there and , although he can swim well, continues to be taught to be a stronger and confident swimmer. I can’t imagine anyone would have done a better job and as for overbearing, he is a dad who will do anything for his kids, both he and his wife Pippa work extremely hard, and give Holly all the support and help she needs and wants, and I know she is grateful for that, Paul is passionate about all children swimming and being safe and being nasty when you don’t know him is unfair and totally out of order.

Sportswriter
8 years ago

I believe Holly’s father is an established coach who has produced a significant number of elite swimmers. I would argue that you are confusing overbearing with a desire to help and advise his daughter to ensure she realises her true potential,as I am led to believe he does with all his protégés. If I was in his position viewing your comments I would be seeking legal advice!

Jack
8 years ago

I said in 2010, Siobhan O’Connor is the next British female superstar… 1.57.23 200FR heats this morning, out in 56.4s – Can’t wait to see her IM! Her start is unbelievable, she had a body length (I am not exaggerating) on Carlin when they came up at 15m!

john26
8 years ago

I’d be interested in seeing if Jameison can drop any more time. I’m not quite sure why he dropped a 2:08 a week outside of trials, but if he goes any faster, he’ll be approaching his PB/WR. Then again, we knew that a WR from Jameison isn’t an outside possibility.

JM90
Reply to  john26
8 years ago

Being pushed by Willis, Peaty and Murdoch I would say he will drop more

Reply to  john26
8 years ago

The Scottish nationals count as part of the trials for the Scotland team so his 2:08 was eligible for selection – expect he wanted to get a QT on the board at the first attempt

DeeDee
Reply to  john26
8 years ago

Glad to see Jamieson committing – Renwick and Miley appear to have scratched the 400IM & 400FR tomorrow, shame.

JM90
8 years ago

I am being very optimistic and predicting some huge swims. Mid-distance freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke for Men and pretty much all events for women look very exciting!

Jack
8 years ago

My youngster to watch, Holly Hibbott (Dec’ 1999). Huge versatility, in British age group rankings she is top 5 100-800 Free, 50-200m Fly, 200m Back & 200-400m IM. She hasn’t swum a competitive 800m Free in 2014, but in the two years between 2011-2013 her PB went from 9.52 to 8.50 – Impressive trajectory. One to watch, in my opinion.

Tim
Reply to  Jack
8 years ago

Hibbott’s great. Loads of potential. If she didn’t have an overbearing dad who placed undue expectations on her, I’d say she’ll go far in this sport!

Jack
Reply to  Tim
8 years ago

I’d heard whispers of that before, I haven’t witnessed it myself. I know the Metro group are expecting big things for her this week and beyond. Lets hope she is involved with the sport for her enjoyment and not any other reasons.

Sportswriter
Reply to  Jack
8 years ago

I believe Holly’s father is an established coach who has produced a number of elite swimmers, I feel you are confusing ‘overbearing’ with self belief in his own ability and the message he is trying to convey to his daughter and judging by her results he’s done a pretty good job so far? Back off I would recommend ?

nobbybob
Reply to  Jack
8 years ago

Hi Tim – Jack
You know the problem with whispers most of them turn out to be Chinese and that is most definitely the case here, I am sure you are both very knowledgeable about swimming but to be honest i don’t care if you taught Phelps everything he knows. for you certainly do not know anything of MR Hibbott and his expectations for holly. I have witnessed him over many years in both coaching and family environments and can assure you that the only expectations he places on ANY of his swimmers is that they enjoy their swimming journey and achieve their own maximum potential. He is held in the highest esteem by the local community for all… Read more »

Paul
Reply to  Tim
8 years ago

Hello tim and jack overbearing dad probably right.Coaching and teaching swimming for twenty five years,five children four of which couldn’t be bothered with the sport,and quite honestly I wish holly was the same but while she enjoys the sport I will continue to support her and help her if this is overbearing well so be overbeared if that’s a word.

aswimfan
8 years ago

I am loving all these nationals galore.

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