British Championship 2023 – Live Recap of Day 1 Finals


The racing is on in Sheffield as we approach the finals on day one at the British Swimming Championships. The first day of racing will begin with the women’s 50 breaststroke and the men’s 50 backstroke. The women’s 200 freestyle and men’s 400 freestyle will follow before we complete the session with the women’s 200 IM and men’s 100 breaststroke.

women’s 50 breaststroke


  1. Kara Hanlon – 30.50
  2. Sienna Robinson – 31.46
  3. Angharad Evans – 31.72

imogen clark he is the British record holder in this event, having swum a 30.02 last year at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. He came into this competition as the top seed and had lane four for the final. Clark stopped the clock at 30.09 to come within 0.07 seconds of his national record. Clark, however, was disqualified shortly after he finished the race, leaving the gold medal for kara hanlon.

Fortunately for Clark, this is not a selection event, as it is not an Olympic event and the 50 breaststroke places for this summer’s World Championships will likely be decided based on the 100 breaststroke results.

Kara Hanlon’s winning time of 30.50 was a new best time and was also a new Scottish record in the event. The previous mark was corrie scott‘s 30.64 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Hanlon now holds the Scottish long course record in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

Hanlon had a PB of 30.99 before this meet, meaning he’s now shaved almost half a second off his time with this swim. sienna robinson he got under 32 for the second time today when he swam 31.46 to take the silver medal and Angharad Evans he scored a 31.72 for bronze.

50 men’s back

  • British record: 24.04 (2009)


  1. Oliver Morgan – 24.84
  2. Sebastian Somerset – 25.21
  3. Cameron Booker – 25.23

Oliver Morgan he had an electric half of this race, moving ahead of the rest of the field in this 50 meter race. Morgan was the only man here to break 25 seconds, winning his first British title in 24.84. Morgan entered the match with a time of 25.40 from July 2022 and dropped to 25.07.

Morgan said after the race that he only really started training in the last two years when he started college. This performance from Morgan bodes well for his effort in the 100m backstroke tomorrow, where he will take on Britain’s best backstroke runners to compete for a place in the World Championship team.

Morgan is entered in the back of the 100 at 54.70 as the seventh seed, just under a second slower than the top seed. lucas green bench. Morgan swam against many of the men he will face here in the 100m backstroke, including the silver medalist. sebastian somerset and bronze medalist cameron brooker.

Somerset hit a 25.21 here, competing in Sheffield a few weeks after finishing his NCAA season, where he represented the championship title-winning Cal Bears. Somerset edged Cameron Brooker by just 0.02 seconds as Brooker hit the wall in 25.23 for bronze.

scott gibson came just a fraction of a second away from medaling in this event, posting a 25.30 for fourth place and matthew neighborhood he rounded out the top five with a 25.37.

women’s 200 freestyle

  • British record: 1:55.44 – Joanne Jackson (2009)
  • Qualifying standard for world championships: 1:55.86


  1. freya anderson – 1:55.89
  2. Abbie Wood – 1:57.21
  3. Lucy Hope – 1:58.03

After several years of shooting 1:56s in the 200 freestyle, freya anderson He managed to go under 1:56.00 for the first time. Anderson posted a new best time of 1:55.89 to win the gold medal in this event. While he came just 0.55 seconds off the British record in this event, Anderson narrowly missed the World Championship qualifying standard of 1:55.86.

However, Anderson’s proximity to the standard and the fact that he was under the standard for consideration means he could still be added to the team at this event. Anderson swam to 12th in this event at Tokyo 2020, posting a time of 1:57.10 for Great Britain in the semifinal. He came close to medaling at the World Championships last year, with a time of 1:56.68 in the final for fourth place.

abbie wood She may be best known for her breaststroke and combined prowess, but she’s also a solid 200m freestyler. Wood had a best time of 1:57.48 before this meet and surpassed him in the final with 1:57.21 for silver. Wood may not get an individual place on the team based on that swim, but she could be enough for a relay place if Great Britain qualify in the 4×200 free.

lucy hope she has also swum under 1:58 before in the 200 freestyle, having reached 1:57.65 in 2021. That time was within her reach tonight, but Hope fell just a bit short, swimming 1:58.03 for the bronze medal. media harris He slightly surpassed his best time of 1:58.97 with a 1:58.59 for fourth place.

men’s 400 freestyle

  • British Record: 3:43.75 – James Guy (2015)
  • Qualifying standard for world championships: 3:44.06


  1. Lucas Turley – 3:48.31
  2. Kieran Bird – 3:48.61
  3. Charlie Hutchinson – 3:52.41

Lucas Turley he took an early lead in the 400 free and quickly put a few feet of distance between himself and the field. Turley held the lead position throughout the race, but faced a last-minute offer from kieran bird which he charged into the last 50, vying for gold.

Bird closed in on victory and touched 0.30 seconds behind Turley’s 3:48.31 with a time of 3:48.61. Bird’s morning time of 3:54.26 made him the top seed in the event heading into the final and his lifetime best of 3:46.00 was probably in his sights.

However, Turley entered as the top seed heading into the meet with a time of 3:48.50, which was also his fastest time of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Turley swam for England at those Games, placing fifth in the final. Turley earned a new PB in the final, but was still 4 seconds off the British qualifying standard.

Turley and Bird had a sizeable gap ahead of the field at the end of this race, as the next man to finish was charlie hutchinson in a 3:52.41. Hutchinson took bronze, shaving a few seconds off the 3:54.53 with which he entered the British trials.

william bell touched fourth with a 3:52.98 and Tyler Melbourne-Smith he was fifth in a 3:53.19.

women’s 400 mi

  • British Record: 4:31.33 – Hannah Miley (2009)
  • Qualifying standard for world championships: 4:36.00


  1. Freya Colbert – 4:35.50
  2. Katie Shanahan – 4:36.74
  3. Leah Schlosshan – 4:46.40

in the middle of the road, katie shanahan held a narrow lead over freya colbert, dividing Colbert’s 2:11.31 to 2:12.28. They continued to race each other in the breaststroke leg and Colbert took the lead for the 250. Colbert tapped in 3:31.15 and Shanahan was in 3:32.12.

Colbert managed to take the win late on and extended his lead in the 100 final, finishing 1 in 4:35.50 for gold. Colbert’s time moved her under the World Championship qualifying cutoff of 4:36.00. That’s a great time for Colbert, who reached the British Championships with a time of 4:39.80 in her Commonwealth Games swim.

Colbert is now the British Champion and is the first person to swim faster than the selection standard in any event in this competition. Katie Shanahan tapped in a 4:36.74 to miss the standard and take the silver medal. Shanahan also cut some time off her PB here (4:39.37), which also came from the Commonwealth Games.

Shanahan will need to rely on secondary standards in order to be added to the World Championship roster at this event.

The leading duo beat the rest of the field by roughly 10 seconds as Leah Schlosshan entered the wall with a 4:46.40 for bronze and amber keegan he hit a 4:46.60 for the fourth.

men’s 100 breaststroke

  • British record: 56.88 – adam peat (2017)
  • World Championship Ranking Standard: 58.93


  1. wilby james – 59.94
  2. Gregory’s Butler – 1:00.03
  3. Archie Goodburn – 1:00.20

The world record holder and two-time Olympic champion in this event, adam peat, withdrew from this competition last week and will not attempt to compete in the World Championships this summer. In his absence, wilby james he swam to victory in the 100 breaststroke. Wilby shot a 59.94 to dip under a minute to claim the gold medal.

Wilby has a best time of 58.46 and placed fourth last summer at the World Championships in 58.93 last summer. However, he was unable to reach the 59 second range tonight and missed the World Championship cut of 58.93. As is the case with most other champions tonight, Wilby will have to wait for confirmation that this swimmer is fast enough to be nominated.

Wilby and Peaty have been the dominant forces in this event for the past few years, but our other medalists here seem to be part of the new generation. Gregory Butler took the silver medal with a 1:00.03 and archie goodburn he was right behind him with a 1:00.20 for bronze.

Butler swam a time of 1:00.50 during the heats and Goodburn was even faster with her 1:00.35 for the top seed of the prelims. They both improved their times in the final, each nearly breaking 1:00 for the first time. Butler’s 1:00.03 in the final was just 0.01 seconds faster than his and PB’s 1:00.03 entry time from this meet last year.


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