The British Swimming Championships 2019 Day 6
Swimmers from or based in Somerset are competing against the best swimmers from across the British Isles from 16 to 21 April 2019 at Tollcross Pool in Glasgow.
|M 50m Fly||Junior||8||Calvin Fry||15||Millfield||25.98||25.74||26.39|
|W 100m Breast||Transition||6||Lily Booker||18||Millfield||01:10.58||01:11.16||01:10.78|
|W 100m Breast||Transition||8||Abigail Hurst||18||Millfield||01:11.12||01:11.43||01:11.52|
|W 100m Breast||Open||5||Siobhan-Marie O'Connor||24||Bath NC||01:08.07||01:07.27||01:06.99|
|M 200m Back||Junior||5||Mark Edmundson||18||Team Bath AS||02:07.69||02:06.64||02:08.47|
|M 200m Back||Transition||1||William Ryley||21||Bath Univ||02:02.72||02:04.15||02:04.06|
|M 200m Back||Transition||5||Jacob Greenow||20||Bath Univ||02:03.92||02:04.29||02:02.98|
|M 200m Back||Open||3||Brodie Williams||20||Millfield||01:59.64||02:02.23||01:58.62|
|M 200m Free||Junior||6||Ioan Evans||17||Millfield||01:53.15||01:53.20||01:52.03|
|M 200m Free||Transition||3||Jakob Goodman||19||Millfield||01:50.24||01:50.96||01:50.00|
|M 200m Free||Transition||6||Thomas Kingham||21||Bath NC||01:51.18||01:50.69||01:51.03|
|M 200m Free||Transition||8||Luke Turley||19||Bath NC||01:51.65||01:51.28||01:50.72|
|M 200m Free||Open||2||James Guy||24||Bath NC||01:46.34||01:48.88||01:46.00|
|M 200m Free||Open||3||Thomas Dean||19||Bath NC||01:46.86||01:48.84||01:47.38|
|M 200m Free||Open||4||Calum Jarvis||27||Bath NC||01:47.18||01:48.34||01:46.53|
|M 200m Free||Open||5||Cameron Kurle||22||Bath NC||01:48.18||01:49.09||01:47.63|
Events: W 1500 Freestyle – Fastest Heat; M 50 Butterfly – Junior, Transition, Opem; W 100 Breaststroke – Junior, Transition, Opem; M 200 Backstroke – Junior, Transition, Opem; W 100 Butterfly – Junior, Transition, Opem; M 200 Freestyle – Junior, Transition, Opem,
Duncan Scott brought the house down as he won his third British title of the week at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. With the Scottish crowd roaring him on, Scott dug deep into his reserves in his tenth race in six days to get the better of James Guy in a brilliant Men’s 200m Freestyle encounter. In arguably the deepest field of the week, eight men did battle over four lengths, with Scott and Guy to the fore throughout. Despite being separated by Calum Jarvis in lane five, the pair were breathing on opposite sides, tracking each other all the way. In the end though the in-form Scott had the strength to move clear in the final 50m, securing his third title and third World Championships qualifying time of the week.
“It’s a solid way to cap off what’s been a pretty good week for me. I’m maybe a little bit disappointed with the time as Jimmy might be. But come the World Championships, Jimmy will be back to his best and be top of the world but it’s a solid time. It’s faster than I was two years ago at trials and that’s my tenth race of the week. At the World Championships, I think the 200m free is up first. It’s a solid swim, only 0.3 slower than I went in the European final, so I’ve got to take that. That was a hard swim, constantly battling with Jimmy, but it’s always a pleasure as he’s a great competitor.”
National Centre Bath’s Tom Dean (1:46.86) finished quickly to smash his lifetime best and join his training partner James Guy (1:46.34) on the podium. Guy was also inside the consideration time for the July event that will take place in South Korea.
Guy added: “Duncan has had an amazing week. The 200m Freestyle has come at the end of the week when we’re a bit tired but, hopefully, by the World Championships we will be fast again and do what we have to do there.”
Luke Greenbank was another swimmer to show his class on the final night as he clinched his second British title by three seconds, adding Men’s 200m Backstroke gold to the 100m title he won at the start of the week. This time however he went inside the consideration time for Gwangju 2019 with a massive 1.55.89 lifetime best, slicing exactly a second off his four year old personal best.
“This is amazing. I’ve struggled for the last couple of years so I’m just so happy to be back on form in that race there, it was amazing, I can’t put it into words. To get down to that 1:55 means everything – I’m well chuffed. I have been coming back so well this season. It’s been a big kind of focus point in training and to get under 1:56, I’m over the moon with that. Hopefully I will get a bit faster consistently. The British record is in the back of my mind. It was not this time but it’s definitely the aim.”
On hitting the consideration time, Greenbank added: “I knew I was definitely capable of doing it, but I didn’t try to think about it too much, as I do have a tendency to overthink things, but it was always in the back of my mind. This is what I wanted this week, to come here and do the times and get on the team, so I’m just really, really pleased with that.”
University of Stirling’s Craig McNally was second in 1:58.89, with City of Sheffield’s Jay Lelliott and Millfield’s Brodie Williams both winning a bronze medal in 1:59.64.
Swansea’s Alys Thomas (59.20) doubled her gold medal tally as she added the 100m Butterfly crown to the 200m equivalent that she won on the third day of action. Heading the qualifiers coming into the final, the European medallist bore the weight of the favourite tag, producing a confident swim to see off silver and bronze medallists Charlotte Atkinson (Loughborough NC, 58.30) and Laura Stephens (Plymouth Leander, 58.82) in the closing stages.
Summarising her week, Thomas said: “Yeah, it’s not been too bad – two British titles in one week! It’s been a pretty long week. I’m not used to being in day one and on the last day but I’m pleased with that. It’s a bit annoying not to duck under but yes, it’s a good solid swim.”
Having gone inside the consideration time for the 200m event on Thursday, Thomas will hope to contest that event and the medley relay in Gwangju.
“We did really well at the Europeans and it is a strong relay - when we’re on form we could go all the way. I’m only new to the medley relay team anyway but those girls are strong, Freya, Siobhan and Georgia as well - when we’re on fire I believe we could be really competitive in it.”
Jocelyn Ulyett upset the odds to take Women’s 100m Breaststroke gold, edging ahead in the closing stages of a thrilling encounter. A fast starter, it was 50m champion Sarah Vasey who headed the field at halfway, but 2017 British 200m champion Ulyett showed her strength to overhaul her in the final 10 metres to take gold in 1:07.35. In the end Guildford’s Tatiana Belonogoff was only 0.26s behind in 1:07.61 also showing great back end speed to snatch silver. Loughborough’s Sarah Vasey, who won the 50m title, was only 0.01 adrift of Belonogoff with 1:07.62 and had to settle for bronze.
On being crowned British champion again, the Loughborough University swimmer said: “It’s a bit surreal – it’s a good feeling! I always knew it was going to be really close but I just tried to focus on my own swim. I knew that Siobhan and Sarah either side of me would go out fast, so I just tried to come back on them and use my 200m pace. I’m really pleased with that. I try and have that vision of my lane, my swim and if I see someone ahead of me or behind, I end up doing something different and not sticking to my plan.
"It’s been a tough past few years, so this meet for me was about coming here and having fun most importantly, as I swim fast when I have fun. I’ve stepped forward with my 200m but I’m really pleased with this. I have got the World University qualification time in 200m but it depends what I’m selected for.”
Such was the quality of the field that 200m champion Molly Renshaw, 200m IM champion Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Imogen Clark had to settle for fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
Hot favourite Ben Proud duly delivered to add the Men’s 50m Butterfly title to the 50m Freestyle gold that he won on Saturday night. Out of the blocks well, Proud only stretched his advantage to win by a body length from Swansea University’s Lewis Fraser who broke the 24 second barrier for the first time with 23.98 and Poole's Jacob Peters (24.03) in third.
Proud said afterwards: “I started last night and finished tonight – it’s been pretty quick and short and sweet. Throughout the season, I’m aiming everything towards the summer and Tokyo next year. I’m happy with that swim tonight. I think looking back at both races, both of them have been consistently off my best but it reflects that we’ve just been taking a steady build throughout the season and I think that’s going to pay dividends for the summer. I’m definitely trying to learn how to focus my preparations to the one big meet each year; I think that’s how my career is going to have to be now and that’s all I want to be doing – winning medals on the world stage.”
The Women’s 1500m Freestyle was a real nail biter, as despite being contested over 30 lengths of the pool, it came down to the wire. Loughborough University’s Emily Clark (16:45.36) set her stall out from the get-go, a lone leader, however with four laps to go 800m champion Leah Crisp finally drew level, Even at the bell the duo were still locked in battle, the former moving away down the final length to win in 16:44.29 by 1.07s. Like City of Leeds’ Crisp, Newcastle’s Georgia Darwent swam a measured race to get bronze with in 16:47.85.
Crisp said: “I’m quite tired. But it was good to time that well and do the race plan to get to the end.”
Events: M 50 Butterfly; W 100 Breaststroke; M 200 Backstroke; W 100 Butterfly; M 200 Freestyle; W 1500 Freestyle.
The final event of the whole week is set to bring the house down, as the likes of Duncan Scott, James Guy, Tom Dean and Max Litchfield will do battle for the Men’s 200m Freestyle title. Whilst Scott qualified fastest and will chase his third gold of the week, Calum Jarvis was perhaps the surprise package, the National Centre Bath swimmer hot on his heels. The first five qualifiers were separated by just 0.67 of a second and with World Championship relay spots also up for grabs, the final is likely to prove a fitting end to a great week of swimming.
As with all the breaststroke events at these championships, the women’s 100m served up a quality line-up, with 50m champion Sarah Vasey, 200m champion Molly Renshaw and 200m IM winner Siobhan-Marie O’Connor all in the mix. Having opened her British Championship campaign yesterday winning the medley, it was O’Connor that headed qualification, posting the fastest time in the final heat.
“That was good, I’m pleased with that. I was slightly disappointed with last night so it was nice to get in this morning and see what I could do in the heat. I felt pretty strong so I’m looking forward to tonight.”
In the penultimate heat European Junior 50m champion Tatiana Belonogoff touched first ahead of 200m bronze medallist Jocelyn Ulyett, whilst Molly Renshaw took the win in the previous heat to secure her spot in the final tonight.
The Men’s 200m Backstroke went to script with 100m champion Luke Greenbank looking in fine form as he topped the list of qualifiers by almost three seconds. The Mel Marshall coached athlete set a lifetime best in the 100m on Wednesday night and will be looking to do the same in the four length event this evening.
The Women’s 100m Butterfly saw all the main protagonists do what they needed to do to ensure they’ll return this evening to contest one of the final medals of the week. The centre lanes in the final will be occupied by a trio of women who have already taken gold this week; leading the way through to the final was 200m Butterfly champion Alys Thomas, with 50m fly winner Charlotte Atkinson and double freestyle gold medallist Freya Anderson also easing through.
Having won the Men’s 50m Freestyle last night Ben Proud returned to Tollcross to head qualification in the Men’s 50m Butterfly, Jacob Peters and in-form sprinter Scott McLay also looking good.
The last morning session of these 2019 British Swimming Championships concluded with the first four heats of the Women’s 1500m Freestyle, with the medals likely to be decided from the fifth and fastest heat this evening.
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