The first session of the British Swimming Championships saw arguably the nation’s deepest and toughest event, the 200 breaststroke, contest its preliminary heats.
A loaded championship final tonight will be led by Scottish breaststroker Ross Murdoch, who went 2:09.48 for the second-fastest time in the world so far this year.
Second-qualifying Andrew Willis checks in at #4 after going 2:09.61 this morning.
Craig Benson is third in 2:10.31, and the final also includes 50 breast world record-holder Adam Peaty (2:10.66, 4th) and Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson (2:12.28, 7th).
The other really noteworthy swim of the morning was backstroker Chris Walker-Hebborn, who moves to #3 in the world with a 53.21 in the 100 back. Walker-Hebborn displaces Olympic champ Matt Grevers of the USA for that spot.
The men also competed in the 400 free heats this morning, with Nicholas Grainger leading in 3:49.30. He’s chased very closely by Dan Wallace (3;50.12), James Guy (3:50.13) and Stephen Milne (3:50.16).
The women’s 100 free should be a showdown between top-seeded Siobhan O’Connor (53.81 this morning) and Fran Halsall (54.24). In the women’s 200 fly, Jemma Lowe leads Hannah Miley 2:09.76 to 2:11.19.