Alys Thomas finished second in the 200 butterfly hitting the wall just five one-hundredths of a second behind Aimee Willmott. Willmott won the event in a time of 2:08.52 with Thomas hitting the wall in a time of 2:08.87.
Thomas told British Swimming that she was surprised that she was able to pull out the win in the 100 butterfly as she is more of a 200 specialist.
WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINALS
- British Record – 57.25, Ellen Gandy (2012)
- 1st Place OLY Standard – 57.44
- 2% Consideration – 57.71
Alys Thomas came into the competition with a lifetime best of 59.01 and improved on that in the prelims and once again in the finals. Thomas took the women’s 100 butterfly in a time of 58.66. She missed the Olympic qualifying standard of 57.44 by over a second.
Rachael Kelly, who swam this event at the 2015 World Championships, finished second in a time of 58.72. Kelly was not able to match her prelims time of 58.46.
Jemma Lowe, who also swam this event in Kazan, collected the bronze in a time of 58.89.
Top 8 From Finals:
- Alys Thomas – 58.66
- Rachael Kelly – 58.72
- Jemma Lowe – 58.89
- Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 59.45
- Laura Stephens – 1:00.15
- Emily Large – 1:00.16
- Tazmin Pugh – 1:00.43
- Charlotte Atkinson – 1:00.64