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)
- Event Page
- Live Stream
- Live Results
Going out hard and coming home well, Scottish backstroker Kathleen Dawson cracked a huge swim to win the women’s 100 back tonight in London. Coming into the meet with a lifetime best and Scottish record of 58.65, Dawson tonight posted a 58.24, taking almost a half-second off of that time.
Dawson looked very good, and she’s only building momentum after going three-for-three with Scottish records in the three backstroke events in March. She’s now just off of the British record, a 58.12 done in 2009 by Gemma Spofforth, which was a World Record at the time. Her time is also the best European swim ever done in a textile suit.
After pushing the pace early, Dawson was still able to come home well, just under 30 seconds on the second 50.
Dawson was previously ranked #14 all-time with her big swim in March, and she leaps up to #8 now. Her time just surpasses American great Missy Franklin‘s 58.33, which is the time she hit to win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, while Dawson’s now just over a tenth away from a top-five ranking all-time.
100 BACK TOP PERFORMERS, ALL-TIME
- Regan Smith (USA) – 57.57
- Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 57.93
- Kathleen Baker (USA) – 58.00
- Kylie Masse (CAN) – 58.10
- Gemma Spofforth (GBR) – 58.12
- Anastasia Fesikova (RUS) – 58.18
- Emily Seebohm (AUS) – 58.23
- Kathleen Dawson (GBR) – 58.24
- Missy Franklin (USA) – 58.33
- Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 58.45
As if the women’s 100 backstroke field wasn’t crowded enough, Dawson’s progression makes her a much more threatening medal contender.
This season, she’s one of just three women under 59 seconds. Her time today moves her closer to the World #1 time, a 57.93 done by Australian teen phenom Kaylee McKeown, but she’ll stay put at #2 for now.