James Guy Hits Commonwealth Games Standard in 200 Fly on Day 3


  • Wednesday, December 13th – Sunday, December 17th
  • Ponds Forge, Sheffield
  • LCM
  • Commonwealth Games selection at stake
  • Meet Central
  • Entry Lists

200m Butterfly

  1. James Guy, Bath NC 1:56.66
  2. Jacob Peter, Poole 1:57.17
  3. Frederico Burdisso, Mt. Kelly 1:58.61

James Guy overtook Jacob Peters at the 100m mark and never looked back winning in a time of 156.66. Having already qualified for the Commonwealth Games in the 100 fly, as well as 200 and 400 free he will now get to challenge in the 2fly with this win by bettering the qualifying standard of 158.5. Guy will be in the mix with Schooling and two Australians, David Morgan and Grant Irvine trying to take down Chad Le Clos at GWGs next year.

Guy’s best time in the event is a 1:55.91, and this was the 3rd-fastest of his career.

Womens 200m Breaststroke

  1. Kierra Smith, Canada 2:24.09
  2. Molly Renshaw, Loughborough 2:24.71
  3. Abbie Wood, Loughborough 2:26.72

One night after breaking 32 seconds in the 50 breasststroke for the first time in her career (excluding splits en route to 100m), Kierra Smith won the 200 breaststroke in 2:24.09. That’s the fastest time of her career outside of a Trials or international meet, bettering a 2:24.36 that she did at the 2015 Minneapolis Grand Prix.

Molly Renshaw had previously qualified for Commonwealths so this was a regular in-season meet for the current Short Course World Champion. She opted to compete here instead of European short course championships telling the BBC “I had the opportunity to go to the European Short Course, but I wanted to come here because it was long course so I could get in more race practice.”

Renshaw swam neck-and-neck with Smith the entire race but was nosed out at the end. Should be a good smashup in Australia in a few months. Renshaw’s teammate Abbie Wood finished just outside her best time posted last summer. The UK has ridiculous depth in this event once you add  Chloe Tutton and Jocyln Ullyot into the equation.

Editor’s note: because Kierra Smith swam in the 200 breaststroke, this section of the article was written by Braden Keith

Mens  50m Backstroke

  1. Daniel Cross, Loughborough  25.54
  2. Nicholas Pyle, Newcastle 25.62
  3. James Oxborrow, Loughborough  25.86

Britain has no minimum qualification standards for a trip to Gold Coast in the stroke 50s but winning would certainly make any borderline swimmer’s case stronger. This was a huge PB for Cross, coached by Andi Manley, who is the current BUCS (British University) champion.

Womens 50m Butterfly

  1. Rebecca Smith, Canada 26.61
  2. Rachael Kelly, Loughborough 26.89
  3. Jasmine Mcrea, Poole 27.19

Red Deer Canada’s Rebecca Smith posted a strong 26.61 to capture the 2nd gold on the night for the Canadians who have brought four swimmers to England. Slightly off her bronze medal time last summer at world juniors in Indianapolis. Rachael Kelly was just off her best time from last summer’s World University Games.

Mens 100m free

  1. David Cumberlidge, Edinburgh/Jarvis Parkinson, Loughborough 49.81
  2. Elliot Clogg, Loughborough 50.06

David Cumberlidge and Jarvis went toe to toe and in the end couldn’t decide a winner. Cumberlidge is the defending champion from Britain’s Summer Championships. Parkinson placed had some redemption from last Summer when he placed 6th at the same meet.

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5 years ago

what does james guy have in his ear?

Reply to  anonymoose
5 years ago

Music… Wireless I guess

5 years ago

About day three, remarkable swim from 17 year-old Jacob Peters in 200 fly: 1.57.16 (huge PB) just half a second behind Guy and green light for Commonwealth Games

5 years ago

Nice to have an athlete at the meet writing up the report – You get little snippets of information that reading results online don’t tell you!

5 years ago

South African Commonwealth Trials happening too.

5 years ago

On day four, Taylor Ruck send two great signals about her new dimension: 2.06.87 in 200 back (11 hundredth of a second slower than Kaylee McKeown WJR) and 52.96 in 100 free (26 hundredth of a second slower than Oleksiak time for gold at last Olympics)

Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

Stanford is going to be ridiculous next year

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5 years ago

One would have to think that there are likely to be 2 Canadians (Oleksiak & Ruck) on the W100fr podium at CG. C1 still possesses the capacity for the WR/near WR time but her stability under pressure remains the question marks. As long as C2 puts off the necessary treatment for her ailing shoulders/hips, she will not be capable of nearing her best times and therefore should not be seen as a contender and McKeon will have other events (where she will be favourite) which will take away her edge.

About Kierra Smith

Kierra Smith

Kierra Smith Kierra Smith is a Canadian breaststroke specialist and NCAA champion. Born Feb. 1, 1994 in Vancouver, Smith was a student-athlete at the University of Minnesota and was the 2015 200-yard breaststroke NCAA Champion with the third fastest 200 breaststroke time in NCAA history. University of Minnesota 2012-2013 As a freshman Smith made …

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