British Summer Championships: Osrin’s New 200 Back PB Would Have Finaled In Fukuoka


While all eyes are on the 2023 World Championships taking place in Fukuoka, Japan, the 2023 British Summer Championships wrapped up in Sheffield, England this evening.

We recapped earlier action in the bullets above and highlighted the final days’ worth of swims which took place at Ponds Forge.


Speaking of the World Championships, the women’s 200m backstroke there in Fukuoka saw a time of 2:09.74 needed to make it back to the final set to take place tomorrow night.

The 200m backstroke victor here at these British Summer Championships would have made the grade, as Honey Osrin took the domestic meet title in a time of 2:09.08.

Opening in 1:03.73 and closing in 1:05.35, 20-year-old Osrin of Loughborough beat the field by over 3 seconds en route to gold.

Her outing easily overtook her previous lifetime best of 2:10.30 from the 2019 European Championships, making her Great Britain’s 9th-swiftest performer in history.

Betsy Wizard of Northampton topped the women’s 18+ age category in both the 200m fly and 100m fly to wrap up her individual events. The 20-year-old clinched the victory in the longer event in 2:13.04 while the latter saw her get to the wall first in 59.83.

Four men were under the 50-second threshold in the 100m freestyle event, led by Leeds University’s Jordan Cooley. 24-year-old Cooley hit a mark of 49.23 to lead Dan Jones of Swansea and Jamie Ingram of Manchester. The former posted 49.58 for silver while Ingram rounded out the podium in 49.79.

Before this competition, Cooley had never before been in the 49-zone, having carried a personal best of 50.04 into Sheffield. He lowered that first to 49.43 in the prelims and then to 49.23 to become GBR’s 21st-best performer all-time.

Cooley also contested the 50m free where his time of 22.58 earned him the silver medal. Getting to the wall first was 19-year-old Alexander Painter of Millfield who got the job done in 22.35. Loughborough’s Calvin Fry also landed on the podium in 22.62.

Stirling’s George Smith claimed victories in both the 200m breast as well as the 200m IM (2:01.32). His 200m breaststroke outing of 2:12.56 represents an over-second drop from his PB of 2:13.79 from this summer’s European Junior Championships.

Additional Notes

  • Sheffield’s Kate Clifton got the edge over Jemima Hall of Bath in the women’s 18+ 100m free. Clifton clocked 55.73 while Hall touched just .18 later in 55.91.
  • European Junior Championships gold medalist Leah Schlosshan doubled up on her 200m IM win with a victory on the 400m IM. Schlosshan hit 4:46.20 to top the podium.
  • Olympian Kathleen Dawson also doubled up, continuing her 100m back gold momentum by winning the 50m back in 28.05.
  • Imogen Clark got her hands on the wall first in the women’s 100m breast, also adding the win to her earlier victory in the 50m. Clark clocked 1:07.35 to reap the gold.

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Scuncan Dott v2
4 months ago


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Scuncan Dott v2
4 months ago

@Retta Race Amelie Blocksidge won Gold in the 800 Free at the European Youth Olympic Festival today in a new British 14 year old age group record of 8:32.65, smashing her previous PB of 8:38.33 from British Champs.

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4 months ago

Also another 14 year old Theodora Taylor went a 25.54! Welsh Senior record in the 50 Free and also 1:09.77 in the 100 Breast.

Scuncan Dott v2
4 months ago

That 1:07.35 from Imogen in the 100 Breast is a new PB too, her first since 2017!

Scuncan Dott v2
4 months ago

Great to see Honey back. She was just 0.02 off Euro junior Gold in 2019 with a 2:10.30 and then stagnated for the next few years. This is her first PB since those championships, hopefully she can push it on for olympic trials next year where she’ll likely have to drop another second to make the olympic team.

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