Scott Doubles Up, Peaty & Guy Grab Gold On Day 2 Of British Invite

2021 BRITISH SWIMMING INVITATION MEET

The 2021 British Swimming Invitation Meet entered day 2 prelims this morning with a new Scottish national record by Kathleen Dawson in the women’s 100m back. She fired off a time of 59.36 to land lane 4 for tonight’s final, becoming Great Britain’s 3rd fastest woman all-time in the process.

Tonight, Dawson unleashed a monster 58.65 to take the gold here in Manchester, joining Gemma Spofforth in becoming just the 2nd British woman to ever get under the 59-second threshold. You can read more about Dawson’s feat here.

Of note, Cassie Wild, also of the University of Stirlinggrabbed a sub-minute 100m back time of her own in 59.56. That ranks her 10th fastest in the world thus far this season.

James Guy followed up his 100m fly victory from last night with another gold in the 200m distance this evening. Rocking the only sub-2:00 outing of the entire field, versatile Guy punched a final result of 1:56.79 to get the job done for gold.

With a front half of 54.77 and a closing 100m of 1:02.02, Guy was just off the 1:56.34 he posted at the Manchester International Swim Meet just a few weeks ago.

The women’s 200m free saw winner Freya Anderson and runner-up Abbie Wood get to the wall less than .2 apart. Anderson touched in 1:58.23 to Wood’s 1:58.42, although their times are well-off the leaders of the world rankings who are more in the 1:55 and 1:56-range.

The case was similar in the men’s 100m free, with Stirling’s Olympian Duncan Scott logging a winning time of 49.09 to Tom Dean’s 49.11. European junior champion Matt Richards rounded out the top 3 in 49.44 tonight.

Scott also raced the men’s 200m IM where he was also the fastest man. Collecting gold in a time of 1:59.36, Scott edged out Loughborough’s Joe Litchfield who was also in the under-2:00 zone in 1:59.71.

Addtiaionl Winners:

  • Aimee Willmott won the women’s 400m IM in a time of 4:39.11
  • The men’s 50m back saw Nick Pyle grab gold in 26.48.
  • Adam Peaty impressed once again in the breaststroke discipline, snagging the top prize in the 50m in 26.80.

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Dee
4 months ago

Salivating over the mens 200fr tomorrow.

Scott, Dean, Guy, Litchfield & Richards all look in great shape. Really surprised by how much speed Tom Dean showed today; Massive 100 PB, and nice to see Richards looking much fresher than last month – His heat (49.1) was his second fastest 100 ever.

Last edited 4 months ago by Dee
PeatyPiper
Reply to  Dee
4 months ago

Don’t forget 100 back as well – keen to see what Greenbank can do, as well as Pyle.

Sapnu puas
Reply to  Dee
4 months ago

Do you reckon Dean will go for the 400 at trials? He wasn’t great the other day but obviously has good form in it in short course…

Dee
Reply to  Sapnu puas
4 months ago

They’ve been doing a lot of heavy work recently, so I’d put the 400 down to that personally. We saw the same with James Guy dying in the 200fl this evening – They’re looking speedy, which is superb. Taper will bring the ability to finish races off back. I think he’ll swim 100, 200 & 400 at trials now. Great shot at making both relays and a couple of individuals.

Last edited 4 months ago by Dee
Irish Ringer
Reply to  Dee
4 months ago

Should see a 1:47 from at least one of them.

Swimmer
4 months ago

Didn’t Peaty go 26.8, not 26.4?

PeatyPiper
Reply to  Swimmer
4 months ago

Yeah I was just having look at results and it says 26.8 for me too.

Jeff
4 months ago

Very impressed by that performance from Dawson and looking forward to what she will do in the 200 back tomorrow. It’s arguably her weakest event but I think she might still give a strong time.
Also very excited about the M 200 free, W 200 IM and M 100 back tomorrow to see what times can get dropped!

MarkB
4 months ago

54/1:02 – 200 Fly! Ouch.

Joe
Reply to  MarkB
4 months ago

Bah gawd that’s Chad Le Clos’ music!

Thomas Selig
4 months ago

Sarah Vasey was 1:07:09 to win the 100 breast, which I think is her fastest time since 2017.

Obviously Dawson the star of the show, wow! Based on her 50 and heat swim I was expecting 59-low and hoping for 58-high. But 58.6 is fantastic, a full second knocked off her PB today. Also delighted for Wild who’d been knocking on the sub-60 door for a while. Great work from both, and as mentioned by others, gives GB options for mixed medley relay.

Solid swims elsewhere too. Dean knocking a healthy chunk off his 100 free PB. Guy, Scott and Litchfield looking good. 200 free should be fun.

Notice Greenbank had 3/4 solid splits in the 200 IM,… Read more »

wow
4 months ago

So is O’Connor still training with Hemmings or did she go back to McNulty?

SwimCider
Reply to  wow
4 months ago

not sure where she swims now

PeatyPiper
Reply to  SwimCider
4 months ago

I saw her in the Lboro pool and showers a few times last year so figured at Lboro now?

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  wow
4 months ago

She’s retired last I heard. No one is speaking about it.

Durhamtier
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
4 months ago

That’s a real shame if so. You’d think with her talent she’d be able to make it to Tokyo and have the experience.

Jack
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
4 months ago

She was part of the England training squad for the 2022 commonwealth games and post-ISL did a bbc interview where she talked about going to Tokyo and beyond so i would be suprised if she had, especially since her 2020 ISL times were better than her 2019 times showing improvement. British swimmer is also still in her insta-bio and shes one of the biggest stars of british swimming, it would be hard to go under the radar that she has completely stopped olympic year.

If she has that would be a shame because with Wood, Hopkin, Hope, Anderson, Hall and Hibbott the british free relays looked hopeful if not to win euros but even to contend for a final place… Read more »

Jack
Reply to  Jack
4 months ago

You could be right though, Hemmings tags all of his swimmers on twitter and never does SMOC and ive not seen a single thing of her being at Bath. That would be a shame for british swimming.

Lola
Reply to  wow
4 months ago

She is training with the Bath Uni team who are allowed to train, not the National Centre, where she was before. Has not been in the pool for a little while now – don’t know why.

Sam B
4 months ago

Duncan is the next MP, or as close as it will ever get

SwimCider
Reply to  Sam B
4 months ago

he is a class act. i hope he can do as expected in tokyo. he deserves a legacy

Joe
Reply to  Sam B
4 months ago

I’d say Seto is the closest we have to MP right now. Is nowhere near as good a sprinter of course, but he’s approaching MP’s textile bests in 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM.

Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

Great swimming by Ms. Dawson tonight, congratulations. On a related note, I watched the Manchester Meet stream at the same pool a month ago & now am watching this event with equal gusto. I have been extremely impressed with the British Swimming streaming, & highly recommend that those who haven’t watched (yet anyway) to do so.

Here are a few very good reasons: the announcer Mike is stellar – very knowledgeable, so positive & encouraging, & his relaxed style differs wonderfully from other commentators (who shall not be named), who focus on one swimmer, get very excited & then make blunders which are both legendary & cringe-worthy. British Swimming also has recordings available a short while after streaming in their YouTube… Read more »

Thomas Selig
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

Agree with all this. British Swimming’s live streaming of events is excellent (and free!). And I enjoy Mike’s bright and sunny demeanour when announcing. He also makes sure he does his research: for instance, for this meet he was able to compare the swimmers’ times to what they swan at last month’s meet and/or their entry times, which is good info.

And yes, British Swimming in general has a good record of putting Para-swimmers on an equal billing: they’ve been doing this consistently for a few years now.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Thomas Selig
4 months ago

Good to know BritSwim has been doing this for years – wonderfully inclusive. And yes, as Thomas says, the live streaming is free. Also, please note the comment immediately below correcting the announcer’s name to Steven after getting further clarification from British Swimming.

Last edited 4 months ago by Coach Mike 1952
Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

I got word just a little while ago from British Swimming that the meet announcer is actually named Steven Jamieson rather than Mike. Seems there was some confusion about his name at their end, which has now been corrected. So we have Steven to thank for being so stellar, positive, knowledgeable & encouraging.

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