British Swimming Glasgow Meet - Days 1 and 2
Bath National Centre, Team Bath and Millfield alumni will be competing over 3 to 6 Jun 2021 at Tollcross International Swim Centre, Glasgow.
Reflecting on a really successful European Championships,our best ever, British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss commented: "that's gone now, that's history, and it's great to have the history but the real challenge now is in eight weeks’ time. In our Tokyo preparation, at the British Swimming Glasgow Meet we are doing morning finals. The whole race strategy is based on giving them these high-standard challenges - so they've had a really high standard international meet following trials, and now we bounce on to preparing to race fast in the evening and fast again in the morning."
Open Heats (5.30pm) : 200m Individual Medley; 100m Butterfly; 200m Backstroke; 50m Freestyle; 50m Breaststroke; MC 150m Individual Medley.
A host of Britain’s Tokyo Olympians led the way in qualifying as the British Swimming Glasgow Meet kicked off with Thursday evening heats. While this meet will serve as the final opportunity for aspiring Olympic hopefuls to secure their place on the team, those who have already booked their spot come into the event off the back of a stunning European Championships performance in Budapest.
Abbie Wood (Loughboro NC, 2:10.14) secured European silver in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley, and she showed her form again by putting in a controlled performance to finish top of the pile in the heats here. Candice Hall (Loughboro Uni, 2:12.04) also looked good in placing second ahead of Alicia Wilson (Guildford City, 2:12.38). Former Somerset ASA swimmer of the year Rachel Anderson (Loughboro Uni, 2:20.47) qualified sixth fastest for the morning final. SM6 athlete Maisie Summers-Newton (Northampton, 3:01.66) put down an eye-catching time, well under the Paralympic consideration mark that she also surpassed at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in April.
Loughboro NC's Litchfield brothers were the top two qualifiers for the Men's 200m IM final. Max (2:00.15) led Duncan Scott (2:01.76) home in the third and final heat while Joe (2:00.86) served up another reminder of his fine underwater work. There will be Bath interest in the final as Tom Dean (Bath NC, 2:02.91) and Will Ryley (Bath Uni, 2:03.19) qualified fifth and sixth fastest.
The promising Keanna MacInnes (Uni Of Stirling, 59.43) was fastest qualifier in the Women’s 100m Butterfly ahead of some more experienced rivals. Alys Thomas (Swansea Uni, 59.57) ranked second and Bath NC duo Emily Large (1:00.64) and Ciara Schlosshan (1:00.82) secured their qualification in sixth and seventh place.
James Guy (Bath Uni, 52.04) did what he does best to power through two laps and lead home his competitors in the men’s 100m Butterfly heats. Jacob Peters (Bath NC, 52.90) and Ed Mildred (Northampton, 53.43) were the only other two men under 54s.
University of Stirling star Kathleen Dawson (2:11.81) – arguably the standout British performer in Budapest – and Loughborough National Centre athlete Elliott Clogg (1:58.10) were the fastest over the Women's and Men's 200m Backstroke respectively. Rachel Anderson (Loughboro Uni, 2:16.18) finished seventh fastest.
Bath trio Brodie Williams (NC, 2:01.69), Jacob Greenow (Uni, 2:01.97) and Jonathon Adam (NC, 2:02.87) made the final cut in places six to eight.
The ‘splash and dash’ of the 50m Freestyle got its first outing of the meet. Fresh from individual freestyle podium placings at the European Championships, Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander, 22.10) and Team Bath alumni Anna Hopkin (24.67) both showed their quality ahead of the Friday finals to qualify fastest – and they will push to claim victory in the showpiece events tomorrow morning. Jacob Whittle (Derventio, 22.69) and Matt Richards (Bath NC, 22.94) qualified in third and fifth places.
There were no surprises in the 50m Breaststroke contests as the sprint events continued. Adam Peaty, fresh from completing the European ‘quadruple quadruple’ laid down his first marker of the week in the men’s heats with 27.00. Loughborough National Centre teammate David Murphy (27.72) was the only other swimmer under 28s. Will Ellington (Millfield) missed out on qualification but clocked 29.85.
Sarah Vasey (30.95) – another of the Mel Marshall cohort – led the way in the women’s event. Millfield team mates Anna Morgan (32.15) and Lily Booker (32.93), Somerset's last swimmer of the year before the pandemic struck, qualified in third and sixth places.
After breaking multiple British records at BPSIM two months ago, Lyndon Longhorne (Derwentside, 3:01.18) was back in competitive action in Glasgow – and he rou
Scott Quin broke the British S14 record over the 50m Breaststroke.
The first clutch of finals start from 10am on Friday morning, when Britain’s elite swimmers will look to act on the words of Head Coach Bill Furniss by racing fast in the evening and then fast again in the morning.
Open Finals: (10am): Mens 1500m Freestyle; 200m Individual Medley; 100m Butterfly; 200m Backstroke; 50m Freestyle; 50m Breaststroke; MC 150m Individual Medley.
The finals session started well for Somerset based swimmers as the Mens 1500 Metre Freestyle served up a 1-2-3 of Daniel Jervis (Swansea Uni, 15:16.69), Luke Turley (Bath NC, 15:21.26) and Joseph Deighan (Millfield, 15:51.36). Jervis had placed fifth in the event a fortnight earlier on the European stage
James Guy stormed to an impressive Men’s 100m Butterfly victory in 51.16 to provide one of the highlights on the opening morning of finals at the British Swimming Glasgow Meet.
Guy showed his excellence on the international stage in claiming a bronze in this event at last month’s European Championships – and the he clearly carried that form to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, laying down a time that was barely one tenth of a second slower than in that European showpiece. After a promising opening 50m, the David McNulty-coached athlete ensured he finished strong too, putting in a morning performance that took even himself by surprise.
“Considering we’ve just driven 450 miles to get to Glasgow, what a great swim! That was very unexpected. Since Europeans we’ve been straight back into work with the eye on the bigger prize of Tokyo – but what a great swim to start the meet off,” he said. “We came back from Budapest, we had one aerobic session and since then we’ve been in the middle of work. This meet here is a prep meet, trying new things before Tokyo, and obviously morning finals is a big part of that. So to do that time in the morning is a good time. I’m in a great place, I feel really confident with what I’m doing. I feel happy at home, and I think having that balance between swimming and lifestyle at home is really important. Everything is coming together quite nicely.”
Jacob Peters (Bath NC, 52.71) and Ed Mildred (Northampton, 53.15) claimed silver and bronze.
World record holder Stephen Clegg was brilliant in taking the Men’s MC 100m Butterfly title.
The Womens 100 Metre Butterfly A Final podium places went to sub 60s swims. Harriet Jones (Co Cardiff, 59.27), a first-time Olympian, overhauled fellow up-and-comer Keanna MacInnes (Uni Of Stirling, 59.57) down the final 25m to claim victory. Alys Thomas (Swansea Uni, 59.69) finished third. There were sixth and eighth place finishes for Bath NC duo Emily Large (1:00.77) and Ciara Schlosshan (1:01.02).
Another of the many individual British medallists from Budapest who was in finals action on Friday was Abbie Wood. The versatile Loughborough National Centre athlete – who is preparing for her Olympic debut in Tokyo – produced a comfortable heats swim the previous evening, before building on that foundation across the four strokes in the final. Wood (2:09.24) used her favoured breaststroke leg to put real distance between herself and nearest competitor Alicia Wilson (Guildford City, 2:13.49), bringing it home on freestyle to touch in a faster time than the one that brought her European silver recently. Wilson was second, with Aimee Willmott (Uni Of Stirling, 2:19.24) third.
“I think it was tough for everyone to get up, my only goal was just to go faster than last night – I did that and so it’s putting good practice in for Tokyo. You can’t have excuses because everyone’s in the same boat, it’s about who has prepared the best – and British Swimming putting on morning finals is preparing the team really well,” said the former Derventio Excel swimmer. “By the time I got to the 200m IM final in Budapest, it was my ninth race. I love stepping up for the team, but I’ve not had chance to do the 200m IM at the start of a meet yet, which is probably why that was a bit quicker. It’s nice to see where I am when I’m not done in by lots of races like I had done at Europeans. It’s set the meet off in a nice way.”
The Men’s 200m Individual Medley saw Joe and Max Litchfield in the centre lanes after Thursday’s heats – and the Pontefract brothers would ultimately be separated by a mere 0.01s by the end of a strong final.
But while Loughboro NC team mates Max (1:59.12) and Joe (1:59.13) placed second and third with Tom Dean (Bath NC, 2:00.01) fourth, it was Duncan Scott (Uni Of Stirling, 1:57.28) who pulled clear down the final 50m to claim victory, at the start of what will be another busy meet for the Steve Tigg-coached man. It will also seemingly be a weekend of practicing race strategies, too.
“Time wise it was good but I guess you can’t really look into a time. I’m not here to focus on the time, I’m learning things for morning finals. I’ve done quite a lot of preparation for that,” said Scott. “From a British Swimming point we’re all looking at different things here. People are trying out different things and I think it’s quite a good idea to have this meet on. It’s a good exercise to trial and really improve on what we can do in the morning before we have finals.”
In the multi-classification events, Northampton SC’s Maisie Summers-Newton (3:01.55) was in promising form in the event that brought her a world title in 2019. Summers-Newton built her lead steadily over fellow SM6 competitor Ellie Simmonds, touching inside her time from the British Para-Swimming International Meet – again, under the Paralympic consideration selection mark. With Tokyo getting ever closer, every swim of such control is a confidence-building one for the teenager.
“I’m really happy. A 3:01, that’s quite a solid race for me, it gives me quite a bit of confidence for training into the Games because it’s less than 100 days away now. I’m really happy with it,” said Maisie. “I put a little bit of pressure on myself because we are getting such limited times to race, but every time I do, I’m always like, ‘that went quite well!’ It’s great for everyone to be together, just to see everyone else race as well, it’s good for that aspect too. You’ve got the Scottish guys up here, this is like their home, and it’s great to see everyone. I’ve also got my Northampton teammates here and it’s nice to see everyone from home.”
Kathleen Dawson (Uni Of Stirling, 2:08.85) will be appearing at her first Games next month – and she will be champing at the bit to get on the plane after another eye-catching display in the Women’s 200m Backstroke final. Katie Shanahan (Co Glasgow, 2:12.79) and Cassie (Uni Of Stirling, 2:14.26) completed the podium places but Rachel Anderson (2:14.65) overcame a 2s deficit to her Loughborough Uni team mate Charlotte Evans (2:14.74 ) with just 50m to go to claim fourth place. While the 100m is Dawson's favoured event, the 23-year-old – one of the Steve Tigg and Bradley Hay cohort – showed her abilities over the longer distance here, getting to the front and then using her stunning speed in the back end of races to pull clear in the final lap.
“It’s good to be able to come into this and adapt to doing morning finals. I did well, I’m happy with the swim. I did everything I could to beat Cassie’s Scottish record but it wasn’t to be! We’ve both been swimming so well in training and she absolutely deserved it and I was really pleased for her,” she said, referencing training partner Cassie Wild’s exceptional silver in the 200m in Budapest. I’ve got confidence in my ability to come back in that last 50m on the 100m, so to be able to swim that well as that in the morning in the 200m gives me a lot of confidence for the morning finals in Tokyo.”
The Men’s 200m Backstroke final served up a much closer finish than the women’s equivalent. Elliot Clogg led the way in the heats, but he was narrowly beaten in the final (1:58.34) by world and European medallist Luke Greenbank who trains under Mel Marshall. Greenbank (1:58.12) had to work until the very last stroke to ensure he touched first, but he did enough as he steps up his preparations for an Olympic bow in Tokyo. Craig McNally (Uni Of Stirling, 1:58.59) placed third, Brodie Williams (Bath NC, 2:00.81), Jonathon Adam (Bath NC, 2:01.92) and Jacob Greenow (Bath Univ, 2:02.17) in sixth to eighth.
Sprint specialists Anna Hopkin and Ben Proud did the business to reach the top step of the podium in the 50m Freestyle races, with both clocking promising times at a point in the season where heavy training is still on the schedule.
Team Bath alumni Hopkin (Loughboro NC, 24.83) was the only swimmer under 25s, finishing over half a second ahead of Lucy Hope (Edinburgh Uni, 25.47) in second. Isabella Hindley (Brompton, 25.47) came third.
Having waited until the final couple of days to compete at the British Swimming Selection Trials in April, Proud in particular will have been pleased to turn up and show his world-class abilities so early in the meet clocking 21.93. Sixteen-year-old Jacob Whittle (Derventio, 22.55), meanwhile, continues to impress, finishing second, with Bath NC's Matt Richards (22.59) denying David Cumberlidge a bronze by 0.04s.
The mixed classification 50m Freestyle events featured the tightest of finishes between Hannah Russell (S12, 28.66) and Toni Shaw (S9, 30.11), as Russell edged out Aberdeen-based Shaw by a mere two points. Louis Lawlor (S14, 25.00) also produced an outstanding effort to finish comfortably ahead in his race.
The session was then closed out by the 50m Breaststroke events. Adam Peaty (26.86) was characteristically dominant to power to men’s victory, fresh from his successful ‘quadruple quadruple’ campaign in Budapest. David Murphy (Loughboro NC, 27.75) and Ross Murdoch (Uni Of Stirling, 27.85) completed the podium places.
Sarah Vasey (Loughboro NC, 31.00) set herself up well for the 100m contest by winning the Womens 50 Metre Breaststroke in which Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh Uni, 31.87) and Anna Morgan (Millfield, 32.40) placed second and third. There was a sixth place finish for Lily Booker (Millfield, 33.09).
Junior HDW (1.45pm): G 50m Freestyle; B 400m Individual Medley; G 200m individual Medley; B 200m Butterfly; G 100m Butterfly; B 100m Backstroke; G 200m Backstroke; B 200m Freestyle; G 800m Freestyle.
Below are the winners of each event.
Girls’ 50m Freestyle – Eva Okaro (Sevenoaks)
Boys’ 400m Individual Medley – Andrew Bertoli (Ellesmere College)
Girls’ 200m Individual Medley – Leah Schlosshan (City of Leeds)
Boys’ 200m Butterfly – Michael Klimaszewski (Hatfield)
Girls’ 100m Butterfly – Laura Dickinson (Lincoln Vulcans)
Boys’ 100m Backstroke – Samuel Greenbank (Cockermouth)
Girls’ 200m Backstroke – Issey-May Reeves (City of Sheffield)
Boys’ 200m Freestyle – Evan Jones (Millfield)
Girls’ 800m Freestyle – Ashleigh Baillie (City of Sheffield)
Millfield boys produced the goods in the 200m Freestyle. Evan Jones (1:53.38) romped home more than two seconds ahead of his nearest and older competitor, Jacob Armon (Mt Kelly, 1:55.40). There was nothing to separate Stanislas Chausson (Millfield) and Thomas Trebilcock (Plymouth Leander) throughout their 1:56.50 swims which tied for fourth place overall. Clement Kubica (Millfield, 1:57.83) ranked 13th overall.
While team mate Gemma Peters may have been the only Millfield female swimmer competing in Friday's junior heats, she certainly made her performance count with a 2:19.51 swim ranking second behind Issey-May Reeves (Co Sheffield, 2:18.42).
Co Bristol swimmers Leah Evans (1:04.42) and Jessica Lawton (1:06.21) placed 8th and 10th in the Girls 100m Butterfly which was won by Laura Dickinson (Lincoln Vulcan, 1:01.98).
No doubt taking inspiration from Luke's earlier success, Samuel Greenbank (Cockermouth, 56.74) comfortably won the Boys 100m Backstroke by over half a second.
Open Heats (5.30pm): 400m Individual Medley; 100m Breaststroke; 200m Butterfly; 200m Freestyle; 50m Backstroke.
The 200m Freestyle is becoming an event that you simply cannot afford to miss when it comes to British swimming – and two interesting finals are again in store on Saturday.
Millfield OM Cameron Kurle (Uni Of Stirling) laid down a real marker in the men’s event, flying off the blocks and into a big lead in the final heat, before holding on well to qualify fastest overall on 1:46.62. His heat also boasted Duncan Scott (Uni Of Stirling, 1:48.29) and James Guy (Bath Univ, 1:48.56) who ranked fifth and sixth fastest overall. Tom Dean (Bath NC, 1:48.10), the Litchfield brothers, Jacob Whittle and Bath NC's Matt Richards make up the extremely strong field of eight that will contest the A final.
Calum Jarvis (Bath Uni, 1:50.65), Will Ryley (Bath Univ, 1:51.65) and Kieran Bird (Bath NC, 1:51.82) are in the next group, for which Millfield OM Jakob Goodman (Loughboro Uni, 1:52.09) is reserve.
S14 swimmers Tom Hamer (Burnley Bobcats, 2:01.34) and Louis Lawlor (Co Glasgow, 2:02.35) were the top two ranked swimmers in the 200m Freestyle MC event.
In the women’s 200m Freestyle heats, Lucy Hope (Edinburgh Uni, 1:59.08) was the only swimmer to knock out a sub 2 minute swim while Millfield's Tamryn Van Selm (2:01.01) continued her promising form by edging Freya Anderson (Bath NC, 2:01.03) into third place by 0.02s. Holly Hibbott (Bath Univ, 2:01.72) also claimed an A final berth by ranking fifth fastest.
Toni Shaw (Aberdeen Performance, 2:17.19) was within a second of the British S9 record in the Womens 200m Freestyle event.
The Men’s 200m Butterfly finale could be a showdown between Team Bath alumni Jay Lelliott (City of Sheffield, 1:58.55) and Ed Mildred (Northampton SC, 1:58.88) with Jacob Greenow (Bath Uni, 2:03.09) leading the remaining pack in third.
Laura Stephens produced one of the swims of her life to rubberstamp her place in the centre lanes for the Women’s 200m Butterfly final on Saturday morning. The Plymouth Leander swimmer smashed her lifetime best by more than half-a-second in recording 2:07.04 in Friday evening’s heats session, finishing strongly after four well-paced laps to touch comfortably inside the 2:08.32 Tokyo consideration time for the event. It is a performance she will hope to replicate in the final as she looks to earn a place at her first Olympic Games. Alys Thomas (Swansea Uni, 2:10.51) and Keanna Macinnes (Uni Of Stirling, 2:10.54) ranking second and third were followed by Bath NC duo Emily Large (2:11.70) and Ciara Schlosshan (2:13.26).
Abbie Wood (Loughboro NC) had come close to breaking her personal best in a brilliant 200m Individual Medley swim on Friday morning – but she did not look too fatigued after that as she qualified fastest for the 400m Individual Medley final in 4:38.20. It was some performance from the David Hemmings-coached athlete in what is a rare outing for her over the longer medley distance. Veteran Hannah Miley (Aberdeen Performance, 4:43.18) was over 5s off Wood's pace ranking second. Millfield's Lily Booker will be aiming for a podium finish after clocking 4:47.78, finishing more than 1.5s faster than Katie Shanahan in fourth. Loughboro Uni's Rachel Anderson was just 0.12s and one place off a top 8 heat swim with 4:54.56.
Wood’s Loughboro NC training partner Max Litchfield (4:16.35) also put in a controlled heats display to lead the way in the Men’s 400m IM event, ahead of Mark Szaranek (Uni Of Stirling, 4:20.64), Charlie Hutchison (Loughboro Uni, 4:22.76), Bride Williams (Bath NC, 4:26.04) and Will Ryley (Bath Uni, 4:28.17) in places two to five.
In the open events, Adam Peaty (Loughboro NC, 59.00) will take his customary place in lane four after a dominant heats display. Ross Murdoch (Uni Of Stirling, 59.93) was the only other to go sub-60s as James Wilby (Loughboro NC, 1:00.38) ranked third fastest.
Adam Chillingworth (Plymouth Leander, 1:03.71) and Will Ellington (Millfield, 1:03.94) will get to resume their battle after ranking 13th and 14th respectively.
Scott Quin (Warrender Baths, 1:07.41) again went under his Paralympic consideration mark in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke MC contest, qualifying fastest ahead of fellow S14 swimmer Conner Morrison (Aberdeen Performance, 1:09.83), who is just back from the World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Madeira.
Molly Renshaw (1:07.43) – a European champion over 200m Breaststroke – pipped Loughboro NC training partner Sarah Vasey (1:07.94) to qualify fastest thanks to a strong back-end pace. Alicia Wilson (Guildford City, 1:09.54) and Anna Morgan (Millfield, 1:11.09) will be chasing down Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh Uni, 1:08.37) for a podium place.
The Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke final looks set to be an intriguing one on Saturday morning, with Grace Harvey (Hoddesdon, 1:41.79, SB5) breaking her own British record from April’s British Para-Swimming International Meet and SB6 duo Maisie Summers-Newton (Northampton, 1:34.15) and Ellie Simmonds (Camden Swiss, 1:41.82) also clocking solid times in their respective heats.
The Women’s 50m Backstroke heats saw University of Stirling’s Kathleen Dawson (27.67) follow up an eye-catching victory in the 200m final earlier in the day by pipping Georgia Davies (Swansea Uni, 27.92) to the fastest qualifier spot, with the duo set for an intriguing battle in the centre lanes tomorrow. Tatiana Tostevin (Millfield, 30.30) claimed a final lane as sixth fastest.
Scott Gibson (Edinburgh University, 25.76) led the way at the end of three Men’s 50m Backstroke heats with Martyn Walton (Uni Of Stirling, 25.93) and Luke Greenbank (Loughboro NC, 25.97) also going sub 26.
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