2021 MANCHESTER INT’L SWIM MEET
- Friday, February 12th – Sunday, February 14th
- Manchester, England, UK
- LCM (50m)
- Live Results
- Live Stream
Amidst ongoing national lockdowns due to the coronavirus, one swim meet within the nation of England got underway today. The 2021 Manchester International Swim Meet hosted by the City of Manchester Swim Club kicked off today, with just elite athletes able to take to the long course pool to shake off the competition cobwebs.
The approach to producing the meet is much akin to the International Swimming League (ISL) bubble in Budapest. British Swimming, Manchester City Council, GLL and The City of Manchester Swim Team (COMAST) have collaborated to ensure that traffic flow, athlete confinement outside of competition and social distancing rules are followed and guidelines are adhered to throughout the competition.
As such, the largest fielded events here on day 1 prelims were the men’s and women’s 400m freestyle, which saw 19 competitors race this morning. The women’s 50m free also had 19 competitors, while other races such as the men’s 100m breast included just 6.
Speaking of the 100m breast, Olympic champion and world record-holder Adam Peaty was indeed in the Manchester water this morning in his pet event, taking the top seed with ease. The 26-year-old new dad put up a swift time of 58.87 to represent the only swimmer to get under the minute mark, with the next-closest racer of James Wilby posting 1:00.99.
For Peaty, he opened in in a speedy 27.35 and brought it home in 31.52 to settle into lane 4 for tonight’s final. With tonight’s race yet to transpire, Peaty already inserts himself among the world’s best performers this season in slot #4.
James Guy was also in the water this morning, looking solid with a time of 52.56 in the 100m fly. The versatile 26-year-old is chased by young guns Jacob Peters and Ed Mildred, who logged AM swims of 53.30 and 53.93, respectively.
The women’s 50m free looks to be a tough battle tonight, as Loughborough’s Anna Hopkin slid under the 25-second mark in 24.99, with Marie Wattel lurking just behind in 25.04. Two-time European Short Course champion Freya Anderson is right there in the mix as the 3rd-seeded swimmer in 25.45.
Additional Prelim Notes:
- Commonwealth Games multi-medalist Holly Hibbott led the women’s 400m free field with the top time of 4:10.13, holding a 2+ advantage over Abby Wood.
- The men’s edition of the 400m free saw Daniel Jervis warm up with a mark of 3:51.70, with Austria’s Felix Auboeck, who trains at Loughborough now, right behind in 3:52.44.
- Georgia Davies put up a morning time of 28.52 in the women’s 50m back, while World Championships medalist Luke Greenbank was the only male swimmer to get under 2:00 in the 200m back this morning. Greenbank leads the field in 1:58.84.
- 16-year-old Jacob Whittle posted 22.96 in the men’s 50m free, with fellow New York Breaker Matt Richards on the prowl in 23.27.
- The women’s 200m breast was led by Molly Renshaw‘s 2:24.59, with Jocelyn Ulyett, Wood, Katie Matts and more all under 2:30.