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2022 British Swimming Championships Day 6 Prelims Recap

2022 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

We have a stacked lineup on tap for tonight’s finals session at the 2022 British Swimming Championships, the meet which represents the Trials for both World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

As a refresher, some names have been pre-selected to compete at the World Championships by virtue of their performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. They are as follows:

Additionally, James Guy, Anna Hopkin and Matt Richards will all earn a spot at Worlds due to the fact that they swam on in a relay final that won a medal in Tokyo.

Men’s 50m Butterfly – Top 8

Bath captured the top 2 seeds of the morning heats of this men’s 50m butterfly, with Jacob Peters landing lane 4 in a time of 23.61.

That sits just .10 behind last night’s 50m free silver medalist Ben Proud, with Proud punching a mark of 23.71 while Adam Barratt is also in the mix with 23.85.

Proud is the national record holder in this event, having clocked a result of 22.75 when he became the 2017 World Champion. In the following year, the 27-year-old suffered a pair of false starts, which cost him possible hardware at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships.

Since, however, Proud snagged 7th place in the 50m fly at the 2019 World Championships and finaled in the 50m free at last year’s Olympic Games.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Top 8

This women’s 100m breast doesn’t have a clear favorite, with any of the top 8 in the running for podium spots in tonight’s final.

Edinburgh’s Kara Hanlon did put up the only sub-1:08 time of the field, registering 1:07.83 to lead Sarah Vasey and 50m breaststroke national record holder Imogen Clark. Vasey hit 1:08.70 while Clark was 1:09.16, while Olympian and 200m breaststroke winner already here, Abbie Wood, lurks as the 7th seed in 1:10.00.

The race will need to see at least one person nab a time of 1:06.42 or better to clinch the British Swimming-mandated qualification time for Budapest. In the history of British Swimming, only 4 women own a best time under that threshold, with one of them being Vasey with her lifetime best of 1:06.37 from 2021.

4th seed Kayla Van Der Merwe represents GBR’s 7th fastest woman, owning a PB of 1:07.06 from 2019, so if she’s in form, we may see her get into the possible qualification zone.

Men’s 200m Backstroke – Top 8

Olympic bronze medalist in the 200m back, Luke Greenbank, narrowly made it into the men’s 100m back final here before the Loughborough man ultimately took that event title.

That performance may fuel his will to win this evening in his better event, taking the top seed of the 2back in 1:58.24.nThe race appears to be Greenbank’s to lose, although he is pre-qualified in this event and is most likely not near a rested state for this competition.

Hoping to pick up the 2nd qualification spot is a host of possibles in Brodie Williams, Elliot Clogg, Cameron Booker. 8th position went to Jay Lelliott, the versatile Sheffield swimmer who needs to hack a bit of time off his 1:59.64 PB to get within range.

Women’s 100m Butterfly

The usual butterfly suspects are among the top 8 here in this women’s 1fly event, with Harriet Jones in the pole position after having scored a morning mark of 59.11.

A total of 4 swimmers got under the minute barrier heading into tonight, including the 200m fly victor here Laura Stephens, as well as Scottish national record holder Keanna Macinnes.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games champion in this event, Alys Thomas, is not swimming at these Championships.

Men’s 200m Freestyle – Top 8

This 200m free final will be stacked tonight, with reigning Olympic champion Tom Dean in the water, along with the likes of Olympic medalists Duncan Scott, Cameron Kurle, James Guy, Joe Litchfield, Matt Richards.

In fact, 6 of the top 10 British performers of all-time will be in tonight’s race, making it the marquis event for this evening’s last session.

Scott, who fired off a world-leading 200m IM time last night, led the way this morning with a solid 1:47.22, sitting just .34 ahead of Jack McMillan. Of note, since McMillan is Irish, he will not be present in tonight’s final.

That means Stirling’s Cameron Kurle will flank Scott after his morning result of 1:47.75 while Dean will be on the other side in 1:47.77.

Dean has already been pre-selected for Budapest in this race and has had a tremendous meet thus far, having added the 100m free and 200m IM events to his portfolio for those World Championships.

He owns the national record in 1:44.22 in this 2free, while Scott, Guy and Richards follow him on the all-time British greats with respective PBS of 1:44.26, 1:45.14 and 1:45.77.

British Men’s Top 200m Freestyle Performers in History

1
Thomas Dean
Bath Univ
00
Olympic Games 2020, Tokyo
24/07/21
1:44.22

2
Duncan Scott
UniOfStirl
97
Olympic Games 2020, Tokyo
24/07/21
1:44.26

3
James Guy
Bath Univ
95
World Championships 2015, Kazan
04/08/15
1:45.14

4
Matthew Richards
Bath Univ
02
British Swimming Selection Trials 2021, London
18/04/21
1:45.77

5
Robert Renwick
UniOfStirl
88
13th Fina World Champs2009, Rome
31/07/09
1:45.99

6
Ross Davenport
Co Derby
84
13th Fina World Champs2009, Rome
27/07/09
1:46.46

7
David Carry
StockportITC
81
Olympic Games 2008, Beijing, China
12/08/08
1:46.47

Calum Jarvis
Bath Univ
92
British Swimming Selection Trials 2021, London
18/04/21
1:46.47

9
Simon Burnett
Windsor
83
Commonwealth Trials 2005, Sheffield
05/08/05
1:46.59

10
Cameron Kurle
UniOfStirl
97
British Swimming Glasgow Meet 2021 Seniors, Glasgow
04/06/21
1:46.62

11
Stephen Milne
UniOfStirl
94
Olympic Games 2016, Rio, Brazil
09/08/16
1:46.70

 

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