British Swimming Glasgow Meet - Days 3 and 4
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 Finals (10am): 800m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke.
Duncan Scott claimed yet another 200m Freestyle victory in Saturday’s British Swimming Glasgow Meet finals – while eye-catching swims from Laura Stephens and Cameron Kurle put them into Olympic consideration territory.
The Men’s 200m Freestyle finale is now among the blue-riband events when it comes to British aquatics, and it was another stellar field that took to the Tollcross pool this time around.
Millfield OM Cameron Kurle had raced to a new personal best in Friday’s heats, and he set out at a blistering pace to lead at halfway in the A final. The irrepressible ability of team mate Duncan Scott to come back saw him move to the front down the third 50m, with the European silver medallist over that distance finishing strongly to claim the win in 1:46.02 ahead of Bath National Centre pair Tom Dean (1:46.46) in second and James Guy (1:46.49) in third.
Kurle (University of Stirling, 1:46.90) meanwhile, finished fourth and became the latest person to dip under the 200m Freestyle Olympic consideration time, earning a shout out from Scott afterwards.
“Look at that, that's a world-class field right there. I've got to say a special mention to Cam Kurle. To go 1:46.6 at night, coming back, being in lane four of a heat like that and going 1:46.9, it would've been a PB if he didn't swim last night. He's a really good training partner as well.” he said. “It's always a pleasure racing those boys, really honest efforts throughout the season. It's a really good, competitive environment, which is what you need.
“It's really good to see. With it being a relay event as well, as much as we all are competing against each other, it makes it a special rivalry because we are teammates at the end of the day. I think that comes first, and then the rivalry comes second. It's a really positive place to be in and it has moved on in the last couple of years - Cam this morning, Joe Litchfield last night as well. Hopefully he's given the selectors a bit of a headache.”
Matt Richards (Bath NC, 1:48.68) finished seventh chasing down Max Litchfield (Loughboro NC, 1:47.32, 4th) and Jacob Whittle (Derventio, 1:48.10, 6th).
Millfield OM Jakob Goodman (Loughboro Uni, 1:50.03) held off a fast finishing Calum Jarvis (Bath NC, 1:50.24) to win the B Final in which Will Ryley (Bath Univ, 1:52.09) and Millfield OM Kieran Bird (Bath NC, 1:52.30) finished sixth and seventh.
Tom Hamer (Burnley Bobcats, 2:00.35) – back from winning two medals at the recent World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Madeira – came out on top in the Men’s 200m MC Freestyle ahead of fellow S14 swimmer Louis Lawlor (Co Glasgow, 2:03.33).
Another athlete to go inside a consideration mark for the second time in 24 hours was Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens, who put together a well-paced race to win the Women’s 200m Butterfly in 2:08.15.
Stephens obliterated her PB in Friday’s heats, and she backed that up on Saturday morning, keeping close behind international teammate Alys Thomas (2:09.44) down the first 100m and then turning on the speed at the opportune moment to claim another fantastic result and outline her Olympic credentials.
“I couldn't really ask for much more at this meet. It's been really tough turning it round after Selection Trials, having a bit of a disappointing swim there, and Europeans also, more strong swims but outside the consideration time. So to come here and get it twice, with a pretty substantial PB yesterday, was really the icing on the cake. Third time's a charm, isn't it?!” said the Robin Armayan-coached athlete. “In all honesty, I didn't come in with any expectations, I just came in with an open mind. We've been in a bit of a difficult situation with training, do we taper, do we not taper, so I'm not exactly fully rested for this meet. I just came in and thought, 'it's my last shot, so I'm going to give it everything I have' - and it's paid off.”
Bath NC pair Emily Large (2:11.39) and Ciara Schlosshan(2:13.17) improved on their heat times to finish third and fifth respectively.
There were a host of other standout swims on the second morning of finals in Glasgow. Just before the thrilling Men’s 200m Freestyle showdown, Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope (1:58.78) followed up the fastest swim in the heats to triumph in the Women’s 200m Freestyle, building a solid buffer over Freya Anderson (1:59.26) in the opening half of the race to be able to hold off Anderson’s pace down the final 50m.
A tremendous battle for third place saw Emma Russell (Uni Of Stirling, 2:00.91) just edge out Tamryn Van Selm (Millfield, 2:01.08) over the final lap with Holly Hibbott (Bath Univ, 2:01.13) in hot pursuit claiming fifth place.
Evelyn Davis (Bromley) won the B Final in 2:03.51.
The 100m Breaststroke finals all served up entertainment. Loughborough National Centre teammates Molly Renshaw and Sarah Vasey always provide nip-and-tuck contests in the women’s race, and so it proved again, with Vasey (1:07.55) taking it out strong, only for Renshaw (1:07.45) to peg her back down the home straight and touch first ahead of her favoured 200m heats later in the day. The heat placings for third to fifth places were maintained in the final by Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh Uni, 1:08.72), Alicia Wilson (Guildford City, 1:10.62) and Anna Morgan (Millfield, 1:11.37).
There was another British record for Grace Harvey in the Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke, a day after she bettered her own mark for the SB5 category. The Hoddesdon athlete clocked a 1:41.42 to knock three tenths off the record she set on Friday – and Harvey is continuing to show impressive form off the back of a stunning set of swims at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in April.
“That was a great swim! I learned from the heats last night and just continued to build my stroke throughout the race. I'm now really hoping to have a decent 100m Freestyle. It's not an event I've really been looking at, I just want to enjoy the swim, really,” said Grace.
Maisie Summers-Newton (Northampton, 1:34.01) and Ellie Simmonds (Camden Swiss, 1:40.90) finished first and second in the MC event.
Adam Peaty (58.22), meanwhile, moved it on strongly from heats to final in the men’s event to claim his customary win over two lengths of breaststroke as he continues the preparations to defend his Olympic title.
“That was a really good time. I thought if I could get to 58-mids here, with no crowd and not such a big atmosphere, I could do it anywhere. That would nearly have won Europeans and I'm on my backside. It's looking good,” said eight-time world champion Peaty. “The stroke feels strong, training's going well, mentally I'm in a great place. But going into the Olympics, a lot changes, so I just want to maintain consistency now, enjoy the ride, all the work is pretty much done, so it's just tuning up now and putting on a good show. I always want a smooth stroke. Everything is pointing towards going near a PB, a world record, but it's never as simple as that. We'll go back to training, see what we've got and enjoy it.”
The B Final served up another dramatic finish as Street's Adam Chillingworth (Plymouth Leander, 1:02.89) almost recovered a 0.79s deficit at the turn to finish 0.15s behind winner David Bloomfield (Loughboro Uni, 1:02.74). Will Ellington (Millfield) came sixth with 1:04.03.
Scott Quin (Warrender Baths, 1:07.40, SB14) improved on his heats time to claim victory in the Men’s 100m MC Breaststroke. Fellow SB14 swimmers Conner Morrison (Aberdeen Performance, 1:09.35) and Gavin Roberts (Co Glasgow, 1:11.03) placed second and third.
In the Men’s 200m Butterfly A Final, Ed Mildred (Northampton SC, 1:58.00) broke his personal best from the Selection Trials to edge out Team Bath alumni Jay Lelliott (City of Sheffield, 1:58.54) in an intriguing centre lane battle. Jacob Greenow (Bath Univ, 2:02.69) finished third, almost 1.7s ahead of his nearest challenger.
The 400m Individual Medley titles went to the David Hemmings-coached duo of Abbie Wood and Max Litchfield. Wood, making a rare appearance over the longer medley format, did much of the damage to her rivals with a dominant breaststroke leg, bringing it home well on the freestyle for 4:39.96 and a medley double for the meet. Hannah Miley (Aberdeen Performance, 4:44.00) came second, Katie Shanahan (Co Glasgow, 4:45.42) third and Lily Booker (Millfield, 4:49.90).
Moments later, Max Litchfield (4:12.81) was also using the breaststroke section to take control of his race, ending up knocking four seconds off his heats swim with an encouraging performance. Charlie Hutchison (Loughborough University, 4:23.38) placed second and Brodie Williams (Bath National Centre, 4:24.13) stepped up a gear from heat to final for third with Will Ryley (Bath Univ, 4:31.05) claiming seventh place.
Saturday’s finals session began with the 800m Freestyle races. Daniel Jervis (Swansea Uni, 7:52.60) completed a distance double by pacing himself nicely to finish clear of LukeTurley (Bath NC, 7:59.53) in the men’s race – an impressive feat considering the hard training he is in over such distances at this stage of the season. Millfield OM Kieran Bird (Bath NC, 8:10.43) and Joseph Deighan (Millfield, 8:18.14) placed fourth and fifth.
Fresh from her European Championship open water swims, Emily Clarke (Loughboro Uni, 8:57.93) won the women’s 800m Freestyle event, controlling her stroke rate to claw back an early lead for Lauren Wetherell (9:00.27) and ultimately win out. Ella Dyson (Wycombe Dist, 8:59.26) placed second.
The session concluded with 50m Backstroke contests. Kathleen Dawson (Uni Of Stirling, 27.64) continued her dominance of the women’s backstroke events, beating Georgia Davies (Swansea Uni, 28.07) and Cassie Wild (Uni Of Stirling, 28.43) into second and third respectively. Millfield's Tatiana Tostevin clocked 30.61 in seventh place.
Abby Kane (Uni Of Stirling) clocked 34.28 in the MC final.
In the last race of the morning, University of Stirling swimmers Martyn Walton (25.62) and Nicholas Pyle (25.78) claimed first and third in the men’s race with Scott Gibson (Edinburgh Uni, 25.67) taking second.
Sat Jnr Heats: (1:45pm): G 400m Individual Medley, B 200m Individual Medley, G 100m Breaststroke, B 100m Breaststroke, G 200m Butterfly, B 100m Freestyle, G 200m Freestyle and B 800m Freestyle.
Below are the winners of each event.
Girls 400 IM Leah Schlosshan (Co Leeds, 4:56.58)
Boys 200 IM Evan Jones (Millfield, 2:04.94)
Girls 100 Breaststroke Sienna Robinson (Co Sheffield, 1:10.52)
Boys 100 Breaststroke Sam Van Der Stroom (Mt Kelly, 1:03.84)
Girls 200 Butterfly Ashleigh Baillie (Co Sheffield, 2:17.25)
Boys 100 Freestyle Stanislas Chausson (Millfield, 51.73)
Girls 200 Freestyle Lucy Hedley (Newcastle, 2:06.01)
Boys 800 Freestyle Thomas Trebilcock (Plymouth Leander, 8:32.50)
Another powerhouse performance in the Boys 200m IM from Evan Jones claimed a second win in Glasgow. Evans lowered his 2:06.68 personal best from April 2021's British Swimming Selection Trials 2021 down to 2:04.94, a full 3.76s ahead of his nearerest challenger, Luke Ibbeson (Wycombe Dist, 2:08.72). Jacob Armon (Mt Kelly, 2:08.96) placed third.
With 19 comeptitors entered into the Boys 100m Freestyle, it's always good to see which Clubs are honing the talents of their youth swimmers. The answer of course was Millfield as Stanislas Chausson whose early pace proved the difference, taking the win in 51.73 and a pb by 0.62s. His former team mate Calvin Fry, now at Mt Kelly also produced a 1.05s pb finishing second with 52.07. Michael Klimaszewski (Hatfield, 52.09) placed third. However two more Millfield swimmers made the top 5 - Clement Kubica (52.62, a pb by 1.12s) and Evan Jones (52.88).
Open Heats (5.30pm): 50m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle.
Molly Renshaw set herself up for a shot at the Women’s 100m and 200m Breaststroke double after qualifying fastest for the longer distance final in another enthralling heats session at the British Swimming Glasgow Meet. Renshaw, who trains under David Hemmings at the Loughborough National Centre, is looking to carry the momentum of victory in the 200m Breaststroke at the European Championships into her second Olympic Games next month – and she produced a promising 2:23.63 heats swim to secure lane four, with training partner Abbie Wood also continuing her successful weekend by qualifying second in 2:24.23. Renshaw had earlier triumphed in the 100m final.
Fourth fastest overall, Lily Booker (Millfield, 2:30.41) will be renewing her battle with Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh Uni, 2:29.03) for the final podium place. Just 0.75s separate their pb's so with 0.5% improvement to aim for the rewards will follow. Anna Morgan (Millfield, 2:35.25) finished as first reserve.
Ross Murdoch (Uni Of Stirling) – who went under the Olympic consideration mark in London in April – was the fastest overall in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke heats, finishing in 2:10.92 with James Wilby (Loughboro NC) his nearest challenger on 2:12.18. However Street's Adam Chillingworth (Plymouth Leander, 2:14.72) will be aiming at least to overcome the 0.77s deficit to Gregory Butler (Loughboro Uni, 2:13.95) to secure a podium place.
Will Ellington (Millfield) lowered his July 2019 2:18.65 personal best set at the European Youth Olympic Festival down to 2:17.33 to qualify seventh fastest overall.
Less than half a second separates the top 3 qualifiers for the B Final so Jacob Greenow (Bath Univ, 2:18.84) will be looking to produce another big performance.
There was an outstanding performance from Scott Quin as the Rio Paralympian went more than a second under the SB14 world record time set in 2019 by Russia’s Artem Pavlenko.
A busy Saturday saw a statement performance from young Jacob Whittle. The Derventio Excel athlete clocked 48.75, the fastest time across four heats in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, narrowly breaking his own age-group record of 48.76 in the process. Whittle was joined in the top three qualifiers by Bath NC pair Tom Dean (49.10) and Matt Richards (49.82) which should provide an enthralling way to bring the curtain down on the open meet on Sunday lunchtime.
Anna Hopkin (Loughboro NC, 54.28) will start as favourite in the Women’s 100m Freestyle, going close to the Tokyo consideration standard that she surpassed during the Selection Trials to lead the way in the heats. Lucy Hope (Edinburgh Uni, 55.33), fresh from 200m Freestyle victory in the morning, and Freya Anderson (Bath NC, 55.41) were next fastest. Alicia Wilson (Guildford City, 56.32) tied with Candice Hall for the final two A final berths.
Tamryn Van Selm (Millfield, 56.82) qualified for the B Final in 10th place overall, while Rachel Anderson (Loughboro Uni, 18th) clocked 58.81.
Bath Uni's Holly Hibbott and Luke Turley secured themselves the centre lanes for the 400m Freestyle finals. Hibbott will look to build on her 4:16.46 effort to go under the consideration time in her favoured freestyle distance.
Turley (3:54.22) pulled clear in his heat to qualify fastest for the men’s event, ahead of Max Litchfield (Loughboro NC, 3:54.50) and Keiran Bird (Bath NC, 3:54.53) in the subsequent heat. Another promising performance by Joseph Deighan (Millfield, 3:59.61) saw him safely into the A Final, tied seventh overall.
The B Final will feature Bath Uni's Will Ryley who clocked 4:00.50 to rank 10th overall.
Maisie Summers-Newton, Ellie Simmonds and Toni Shaw all swam well to set up an enthralling Womens 400m Freestyle MC final.
Oliver Carter (S10, Uni Of Stirling) clocked 4:25.16 in the Men's 400m Freestyle MC event.
Team Bath alumni Jay Lelliott (Co Sheffield, 51.40) and Calum Jarvis (Bath NC, 51.64) will contest the B Final after ranking 11th and 14th overall.
S14 swimmers Louis Lawlor (Co Glasgow, 54.71) and Tom Hamer (Burnley Bobcats, 55.47) lead the high quality field of Mens 100m Freestyle MC qualifiers.
Another entertaining multi-classification final could well be the Womens 100m Freestyle following heat performances by Toni Shaw (S9, Aberdeen Performance, 1:03.51), Grace Harvey (S6, Hoddesdon, 1:16.29) and Abby Kane (S7, Camden Swiss, 1:26.51).
Joe Litchfield will be pushing for the Tokyo consideration mark in the Men’s 100m Backstroke final on Sunday morning after a pacey 53.98 heats swim saw him top of the qualifying pile. The versatile Loughborough National Centre athlete took it out fast and finished well to produce a margin of 1.05s over nearest challenger Craig McNally. Brodie Williams (Bath NC, 55.67) secured the remaining A final berth. Jay Lelliott (Co Sheffield, 56.01) qualified for the B Final after ranking 11th.
Louis Lawlor (S14, Co Glasgow) laid down another marker, 1:01.69, in the 100 Metre Backstroke MC event.
In the Women’s 100m Backstroke, Georgia Davies will head into the final as favourite after qualifying comfortably fastest in 1:00.55. Millfield OM Rachel Anderson (Loughboro Uni, 1:03.18) will be in the mix for a podium place after finishing fourth fastest and within 0.02s of her pb behind Charlotte Evans (Loughboro Uni, 1:02.38) and Katie Shanahan (Co Glasgow, 1:02.86). Tatiana Tostevin (Millfield, 1:04.77) is first reserve.
Hannah Russell (S12, Co Manch Aquatics, 1:09.29) and Abby Kane (S13, UniOfStirl 1:14.76) contest the 100 Metre Backstroke MC event.
Saturday’s open heats began with some sprinting in the Men’s and Women’s 50m Butterfly. Ben Proud, who is focused on the 50m Freestyle as he targets Olympic success, led the qualifying in the fly with 23.84. Adam Barrett (Wycombe District, 24.07) and Jacob Peters (Bath NC, 24.19) finished narrowly behind him after strong heat swims.
Lyndon Longhorne (Derwentside, 55.25) meanwhile lowered another of his S4 British records in the 50m Butterfly MC event. Stephen Clegg (S12, Edinburgh Uni, 25.36) tops the qualifiers.
Keanna MacInnes (Uni Of Stirling, 27.02) continued an encouraging meet by securing herself lane four for Sunday’s final in the women’s event.
Grace Harvey (S6, Hoddesdon, 40.45) and Leah O’Connell (S7, Camden Swiss, 39.26) both clocked promising times ahead of the finals.
Open Finals (10am): W 1500m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle.
- Reports from Days 1 and 2.
Sunday’s finale to the British Swimming Glasgow Meet open section ended in style with stunning 100m Freestyle wins for Anna Hopkin and Jacob Whittle, as well as a Tokyo consideration time in the bag for Joe Litchfield in the 100m Backstroke.
Litchfield has already been selected to represent Team GB at his first Olympic Games after a brilliant swim in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley at April’s Selection Trials – but this display only served to further outline the Loughborough National Centre man’s quality ahead of the summer. After laying down a promising time in the heats, the 22-year-old – who trains under David Hemmings – moved it on well on Sunday morning, staying strong after a blistering opening 50m to dip 0.1s under the 53.85 consideration mark.
“I’m so happy. A lot of us are pretty mentally tired right now, racing trials, coming out of that, holding into Europeans and then I didn’t quite get the time I wanted at Europeans, so Dave said, ‘so you want to train hard or do a bit more of a hold and try to get it at Glasgow?’” said Joe. “Obviously you want another time, we knew I had it in me. Every time I’ve swam it, the front end or the back end was there, just not quite together, but it came together better than last night and I’m buzzing with that! It’s just another event to add to the Olympic programme.”
A four way battle for the remaining podium places saw Craig McNally (Uni Of Stirling, 54.87) finish second, hotly pursued by Brodie Williams (Bath NC, 54.96), who was less than 0.1s behind and secured bronze ahead of Luke Greenbank (Loughboro NC, 55.05) and Martyn Walton (Uni Of Stirling, 55.06). Jonathon Adam (Bath NC) clocked 55.86 in the A Final ranking 10th overall. The 55.54 swim by Team Bath alumni Jay Lelliott (Co Sheffield) not only won the B Final but ranked him 8th overall.
There were several bursts of pace in the Women’s and Men’s 100 Freestyle finals. European bronze medallist Anna Hopkin (Loughboro NC, 53.56) flew down two laps of the pool to take a chunk off her heats time in winning the women’s open A Final ahead of the in-form Lucy Hope (Edinburgh Uni, 54.84). Hopkin’s time was also well inside the 53.88 Tokyo consideration mark that she had already bettered in London and Budapest, so it is no wonder the Chorley-born athlete is in such high spirits.
“I'm really happy with that. To be able to produce that kind of swim off the back of hard training, after Europeans and with morning finals, it gives me a lot of confidence going into Tokyo. Trials was a good place to start, but I've really moved my swims on since then in hard training, so it bodes really well for the summer,” said Hopkin. “The next three weeks are going to be pretty hard, a lot of gym work to do and a lot of volume in the pool, and then when we fly out we can start bringing it down a bit. We're on the home straight now which is exciting.”
Isabella Hindley (Brompton, 55.25) placed third and Alicia Wilson (Guildford Ct, 56.85) ranked 9th overall.
Tamryn Van Selm (Millfield, 56.25) won the B Final ahead of Erin Little (Mt Kelly, 56.65) to place them 6th and 8th overall.
Ellie Challis once again lowered her own S3 British record in the women’s 100m Freestyle MC showpiece featuring Toni Shaw, Grace Harvey and Leah O'Connell. Asked what she made of her latest British record success, she said “I'm really happy with that swim. I didn't expect it, I've only been back training again for four weeks, so I didn't know what coming into this competition was going to be like. I entered at the last minute and it was well worth it. I don't know when my next competition will be, so I'll go into the next block of training and see what happens - but this makes me feel really good," said Challis.
Shaw (S9, Aberdeen Performance, 1:03.83) added: "Every chance you get to race you want to do it as there’s been so few chances to do so of late, so I’m happy with how the meet has gone and it has just been so nice to see everyone again."
16-year-old Jacob Whittle (Derventio Excel, 48.55) blitzed his own British age-group record to secure another personal best for the meet and win the Men’s 100m Freestyle title. Whittle built a lead in the second 25m and did not let up from there, beating Matthew Richards (Bath NC, 49.20) and Ed Mildred (Northampton, 50.16) to the wall. That leading trio is clear a sign of the young, up-and-coming talent in British men’s sprinting.
“It was a good swim. I'm feeling really tired now, I didn't have many expectations coming in, I'm training really hard so to come here and do PBs is really good, and I'm really pleased with the 100m,” Whittle said. “I'm really excited to see what's yet to come. I'm not tapered, unshaved, so there's more there and I'm really excited for the summer.”
Jay Lelliott (Co Sheffield) clocked 50.75 to finish 7th overall, with Calum Jarvis (Bath NC, 50.93) winner of the B Final one ranking place further back, .
The Men’s 100m Freestyle MC race was won by Tom Hamer (Burnley Bobcats, 54.46) , who is only just back from a successful World Para Swimming European Open Championships. He finished narrowly ahead of fellow S14 athlete Louis Lawlor (Co Glasgow, 54.61), with S12 Stephen Clegg (Edinburgh Uni, 54.29) ending a busy personal schedule with a solid swim.
Molly Renshaw (Loughboro NC, 2:23.15) completed the Women’s 100m-200m Breaststroke double to end her meet on a high in the longer distance. The European champion got the better of training partner Abbie Wood (2:24.15), doing the crucial damage in the middle two lengths. As with so many of her colleagues, the lessons learned over four days in Glasgow could prove as valuable as the results.
“We always knew it was going to be hard, coming off the back of Europeans and into a meet like this, but it’s just great to practice morning finals, this is our only opportunity before Tokyo to actually do it in a competition,” said Molly. “It’s about learning things along the way and hopefully perfecting them before the summer.”
Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh Uni, 2:28.82) placed third. There was little to separate Hannah Miley (Aberdeen Per, 2:30.23) and Lily Booker (Millfield, 2:30.28) over the first 50m, but a strong second lap by the veteran did enough to secure fourth place as she just held off the charge of Booker who finished in fifth place.
In the men’s event, James Wilby (Loughboro NC, 2:10.44) produced a brilliant final 50m to overtake Ross Murdoch (Uni Of Stirling, 2:11.57) and claim victory. Murdoch – who went under the 200m consideration time at London – had a narrow lead for much of the contest, but the David Hemmings-trained Wilby paced himself to a tee and finished at an impressive pace. Gregory Butler (Loughboro Uni, 2:12.63) placed third, with Street's Adam Chillingworth (Plymouth Leander, 2:13.90) next to the pads. Will Ellington (Millfield, 2:17.53) ranked 9th overall. Uiseann Cooke (Edinburgh Uni, 2:17.39) win in the B Final moved him up the rankings to 8th. 10th and 11th overall were Jacob Greenow (Bath Univ, 2:18.47) and James McFadzen (Loughboro Uni, 2:19.18).
Emily Clarke (Loughboro Uni, 17:05.25) put together another controlled, well-judged performance of distance swimming to win the Women’s 1500m Freestyle at the start of Sunday’s finals, following up her win in the 800m the day before. Wycombe District’s Ella Dyson (17:06.31) had set the early pace, but Clarke gained parity by halfway, with the two racing side by side until the final 100m, when Clarke turned on the speed to move clear and touch first. Fleur Lewis (Ellesmere Co, 17:07.41) placed third.
A busy meet for Max Litchfield (Loughboro NC) concluded with a dominant display in the Men’s 400m Freestyle A Final. Despite taking it out strong, he showed no signs of easing down the final laps and finished well clear of the field in 3:47.69, less than a second outside the Tokyo consideration time – before turning his attentions to the weeks of training ahead.
“That’s a really good swim to finish the meet off. To come in and do faster than Europeans heat, it’s good. It’s a good meet overall, I’ve got a lot more out of it than expected after Europeans, so it’s looking good,” said Max. “I’m excited to get back home now, get this last block in and get ready for the summer. To be swimming this fast in season is great, there’s a lot of stuff we’ve been working on, technically and otherwise, it’s great to see that work.
William Bell (Loughboro Uni, 3:52.86) and Stephen Milne (Uni Of Stirling, 3:53.03) placed second and third. The A final also offered plenty of Somerset interest as Luke Turley (Bath NC, 3:54.34) finished fourth. And next to the pads were Millfield OMs Kieran Bird (Bath NC, 3:55.80) and Jakob Goodman (Loughboro Uni, 3:56.89). Joseph Deighan (Millfield) clocked 4:00.24.
Welsh star Will Ryley (Bath Univ) won the B Final in 3:55.56, just 0.39s off his pb but enough to rank him 5th overall, ahead of Bird.
Oliver Carter (S10, Uni Of Stirling, 4:26.93) swam the Men's 400m Freestyle MC race solo, building on his race experience in this competition environment.
Holly Hibbott (Bath Univ, 4:12.58) comfortably won the Women’s 400m Freestyle race, showing composure throughout. Beatrice Varley (Plymouth Leander, 4:16.83) and Monique Olivier (Edinburgh Uni, 4:16.97) placed second and third. And despite having a 1500m time already on the scoreboard this session, Emily Clarke (Loughboro Uni, 4:30.26) had enough energy in reserve to place sixth.
The Women's 400m Freestyle MC race was won by Maisie Summers-Newton (Northampton, 5:28.50), with Ellie Simmonds (S6, Camden Swiss, 5:31.95) second and Toni Shaw (S9, Aberdeen Performance, 4:44.38) third.
1-2-3 in the Womens 100 Back Final went to Georgia Davies (Swansea Uni, 1:00.67), Katie Shanahan (Co Glasgow, 1:02.29) and Charlotte Evans (Loughboro Uni, 1:02.41). Millfield OM Rachel Anderson (Loughboro Uni, 1:03.81) finished fifth and Tatiana Tostevin (Millfield, 1:05.32) seventh.
Hannah Russell both swam well to win the Women's 100m Backstroke open and multi-class finals respectively.
The shortest distance then followed the longest, with Keanna MacInnes and Ben Proud claiming the 50m Butterfly titles. Proud (Plymouth Leander, 23.65) is focused on the 50m Freestyle for Tokyo, but he showed what fine fettle he is in with a strong display. Jacob Peters (Bath NC, 23.87) and Adam Barrett (Wycombe Dist, 24.41) placed second and third.
MacInnes (Uni Of Stirling, 27.27) is enjoying an impressive season. The only other two swimmers going sub 28s, Lucy Grieve (Sth Ayrshire, 27.65) and Yasmin Perry (Aberdeen Per, 27.75), completed the podium places.
There were 50m Butterfly MC wins for S7 athlete Leah O’Connell (S7, Camden Swiss Cottage, 39.05) and Stephen Clegg (S12, Edinburgh University, 25.59).
Sat Jnr Heats: (1:45pm): G 400m Freestyle, B 400m Freestyle, G 100m Backstroke, B 200m Backstroke, G 200m Breaststroke, B 100m Butterfly, G 100m Freestyle, B 200m Breaststroke, B 50m Freestyle.
Below are the winners of each event.
Girls 400 Freestyle - Lucy Hedley (Newcastle, 4:23.44)
Boys 400 Freestyle - Thomas Trebilcock (Plymouth Leander, 4:05.75)
Girls 100 Backstroke - Iona Colbert (Nova Centurion, 1:04.51)
Boys 200 Backstroke - Samuel Greenbank (Cockermouth, 2:04.85)
Girls 200 Breaststroke - Sienna Robinson (Co Sheffield, 2:31.73)
Boys 100 Butterfly - Michael Klimaszewski (Hatfield, 55.44)
Girls 100 Freestyle - Eva Okaro (Sevenoaks, 56.95)
Boys 200 Breaststroke - Sam Van Der Stroom (Mt Kelly, 2:21.58)
Boys 50 Freestyle - Clement Kubica (Millfield, 23.88)
There may be a name for a session when all your swimmers pb. And that's for Millfield to choose after first, Gemma Peters, Millfield's sole female in the session, again showed her class after turning in fourth place. In a thrilling finish Iona Colbert just touched first by 0.15s but Peters in second on 1:04.66 beat her lifetime best by 0.32s. Emily Iley (Hackney, 1:04.84) placed third.
Adam Graham (Millfield) demolished his 200m Backstroke 2:12:42 personal best from the 2019 British Summer Championships with a fine 2:07.25 sixth placed swim here, just 0.2s off a top 5 finish.
The line up for the Boys 100m fly had a familiar Somerset look about it as Sean Tsai, Evan Jones and Stanislas Chausson stepped onto the blocks. Ultimately the trio finished in places four to six but not before Tsai (56.23) had shattered his pb from the 2020 County Champs by 0.7s. Jones (56.29) lowered his pb from the 2021 British Swimming Invitation Meet by 0.67s and Chausson (56.32) improved 0.91s on his mark set at the 2020 Championnat Régionaux en grand bassin by 0.91s).
But the best was yet to come - a Millfield 1-2-3 in the Boys 50m Freestyle.
Clement Kubica (Millfield, 23.88) took the win, smashing 0.88s off his time from the 2019 12th National Meeting in France. Tsai (24.04) finishing second improved 0.25s on his pb set at the 2020 County Champs. Chausson (24.05) again lowered a mark set at the 2020 Championnat Régionaux en grand bassin meet, this time by 0.12s.
And Adam Graham in 11th place clocked 24.49, knocking 0.57s off his pb from 2019 British Summer Championships.
The heat-declared-winner junior racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday has provided an opportunity for swimmers to meet consideration times for selection to the British squad heading to next month's European Junior Championships in Rome. Reflecting on the weekend's junior events, Tim Jones, British Swimming Head of Elite Development, said: "The most important thing is we've been able to give quite a large group of juniors an opportunity to swim, which for most of them will be the first time they've been back in the racing pool.
"Probably not unexpectedly, we've seen a bit of a polarisation in the results. We've seen some athletes who've been able to move things on who've probably benefited from being in the water slightly earlier than other athletes, and some people that have just had very limited levels of preparations for the meet.
"We hope that this, leading into the Festival of Swimming, will just be an indicator that we can restart the sport and re-engage with a much wider group of people. So while this has been for a limited group, we hope that the rest of the swimming fraternity look at it and see that things are starting to move in the right direction."
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