2021 BRITISH SWIMMING GLASGOW MEET
- Thursday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 6th
- Prelims at 5:30 pm local night before/Finals at 10:00 am local
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Last Chance Olympic Qualifier
- SwimSwam Preview
- Start Lists – DRAFT
- Day 1 Prelims/Finals #1
- Live Results
Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens definitively put her hat in the ring in terms of vying for a spot on the British Swimming Olympic roster on day 2 of this Glasgow Meet.
Racing in the evening prelims of the women’s 200m butterfly, 21-year-old Stephens crushed a big-time 2:07.04 to lead the field by well over 3 seconds.
Stephens opened her race in 1:01.97 and closed in 1:05.07 to register the fastest result of her career. Entering this meet the European Championships relay medalist’s fastest 200m fly time checked in at the 2:07.62 she logged at last year’s Edinburgh International, just before the national lockdown due to the coronavirus.
At the British Olympic Trials this past April, Stephens settled for bronze in a time of 2:09.53. That rendered her out of Olympic qualification for the time being, with only winner Alys Thomas making the grade with her title-winning effort of 2:08.09. Runner-up at that Trials race was tonight’s 3rd seed out of the heats, Keanna Macinnes, who has a shot at making the 2:08.32 cut established by British Swimming.
Although Stephens will need to produce this high-caliber-type performance in the final for her to be considered for the Tokyo roster, her 2:07.04 renders her as the 4th fastest British performer all-time, frog-hopping retired Charlotte Atkinson.
Stephen’s prelims time here now slots her as the #6 swimmer in the world this season in a time that would have grabbed the silver medal at this year’s European Championships.