2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS
- Wednesday, April 14th – Sunday, April 18th
- Prelims at 10am local/Finals at 7pm local
- London Aquatics Centre
- British Olympic Selection Policy
- Primary Olympic Selection Meet (not only opportunity)
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap
- Live Stream
- Live Results
Entering the final day of competition of the 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials, 23 Brits have cleared the nation’s stiff Olympic qualification standards. This morning at the London Aquatic Centre, the prelims of the women’s 100 breast, men’s 200 back, women’s 50 free, and men’s 200 free took place. The fastest-seeded heats of the men’s and women’s 1500 free will start off tonight’s finals session at 7pm British time.
Day 5 Prelims Highlights
Highlighting the session was the final event of the morning, the men’s 200 free, were five Brits swam under the Olympic qualification standard of 1:46.99, setting up a dogfight for the top two individual Olympic spots and the remaining top four relay spots. Leading the event was pre-selected Olympian Duncan Scott, hitting 1:46.41 at the wall after picking up British titles in the 200 IM and 100 free. Behind him was a quartet of Bath NC swimmers: Thomas Dean (1:46.68), Matt Richards (1:46.73), James Guy (1:46.77), and Calum Jarvis (1:46.89). Loughborough brothers Joe Litchfield (1:47.14) and Max Litchfield (1:47.93) also qualified into the final along with Stirling’s Cameron Kurle (1:47.19).
Along with Scott, Richards (100 free), Guy (100/200 fly), J. Litchfield (200 IM), and M. Litchfield (400 IM) have swam under Britain’s Olympic qualifying standards while Dean and Jarvis have just cleared the 200 free standards and Kurle is a mere two-tenths off the cut. Unfortunately, not every swimmer will be selected to the 2021 Olympic team tonight, so placing will be crucial in tonight’s final.
Kicking off the morning was the women’s 100 breast, where Loughborough teammates Sarah Vasey (1:07.03) and Molly Renshaw (1:07.26) were the only two swimmers to break 1:08 in prelims. Both Vasey and Renshaw will need to swim under 1:06.79 to be considered for the 100 breast on the Tokyo Olympic team.
Also qualifying for the women’s 100 breast final for Loughborough were Abbie Wood (1:08.76) and Jocelyn Ulyett (1:09.04) along with Winchester teammates Kayla van der Merwe (1:08.86) and Imogen Clark (1:09.88). Both Renshaw and Wood have cleared the 200 breast selection standard of 2:23.37 earlier in the meet.
More Loughborough swimmers, Luke Greenbank (1:56.95) and Elliot Clogg (1:58.42), took top seeds in the men’s 200 back. Greenbank was a mere 0.35s off the British selection standard (1:56.60), yet has already pre-qualified for Tokyo in this event. Teammate Charlie Brown finished in third this morning at 1:59.03 while Stirling’s Craig McNally rounded out the sub-2:00 times at 1:59.97.
After nabbing the Olympic qualifying cut in the 100 free, Arkansas alum Anna Hopkin of Loughborough took the women’s 50 free prelims top time at 24.81, just two-tenths off the 24.60 cut. Rounding out the top three times of the morning were Brompton’s Isabella Hindley (25.26) and Edinburgh’s Lucy Hope (25.46).