British Swimming Championships: Day Two Finals Recap

British Swimming Championships: Day Two Finals Recap
Photo: © Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

2017 British Swimming Championships

Sheffield, England
April 18-April 23, 2017
​Prelims begin: 10 AM (4 AM CDT)
Finals begin: 6:30 PM (12:30 PM CDT)


Day two finals of the 2017 British Swimming Championships on Wednesday featured ​Adam Peaty​ scaring the world record in the men's 50m breaststroke and ​Jocelyn Ulyett ​breaking the British record in the women's 200m breaststroke.​

The full docket of events included the women's 50m butterfly, men's 50m breaststroke, women's 800m freestyle, men's 200m butterfly, women's 100m backstroke, men's 100m backstroke, and women's 200m breaststroke.

Women's 50m Butterfly
British Record: 25.20 (Francesca Halsall, England, 2014)
European Record: 24.43 (Sarah Sjöström, Sweden, 2014)
British World Champs QT:  N/A
Consideration Time: N/A

1.) Charlotte Atkinson -- 26.81
2.) Sophie Yendell -- 26.90
3.) Alys Thomas -- 26.94

The first event of finals offered a lot of excitement as the top seven performers all finished within 0.35 of one another. In the end, ​Charlotte Atkinson​ got her hand on the wall first in 26.81. Fifteen-year-old ​Sophie Yendell ​touched for silver in 26.90, and ​Alys Thomas ​rounded out the podium in third with a 26.94.

Men's 50m Breaststroke 
British Record: 26.42 (Adam Peaty, GBR, 2015)
European Record: 26.42 (Adam Peaty, GBR, 2015)
British World Champs QT: N/A
Consideration Time: N/A

1.) Adam Peaty -- 26.48
2.) Euan Inglis -- 27.65
3.) Mark Campbell -- 27.66

Adam Peaty, the sprint breaststroke G.O.A.T., does it again. Peaty dropped a quick ​26.48 in the 50m breaststroke -- the second-fastest performance of all time, only behind his own world record of 26.42 from the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Put this in perspective: Peaty now holds the top five times in history. The No. 4 time of 26.61 was set in the first 50 meters of his 100m breast world record in Rio. He is truly in a world of his own. ​Euan Inglis​ touched second in 27.65, and ​Mark Campbell​ finished in third with a 27.66.

Women's 800m Freestyle
British Record: 8:14.10 (Rebecca Adlington, GBR, 2008)
European Record: 8:14.10 (Rebecca Adlington, GBR, 2008)
British World Champs QT: 8:20.18
Consideration Time: 8:26.19

1.) Jazz Carlin -- 8:30.56
2.) Holly Hibbott -- 8:31.78
3.) Camilla Hattersley -- 8:36.42

As expected, ​Jazz Carlin, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in this event, claimed the 800m freestyle crown in 8:30.56 -- just outside the world top 10 this year. Carlin mentioned in her post-race interview that she took several months off after Rio, and this was her first 800m free since then. ​Holly Hibbott ​was neck and neck with Carlin the entire way -- flipping in synchronization every 50 -- and ended up touching for silver in 8:31.78. Camilla Hattersley rounded out the podium in third with an 8:36.42.

Men's 200m Butterfly
British Record: 1:54.58 (Michael Rock, GBR, 2009)
European Record: 1:52.70 (László Cseh, Hungary, 2008)
British World Champs QT:  1:54.14
Consideration Time: 1:55.83

1.) James Guy -- 1:55.91
2.) Cameron Brodie -- 1:57.46
3.) Duncan Scott -- 1:57.50

​At the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis back in March, ​James Guy​ noted that he wanted to expand his lineup into the butterfly events -- especially the 200. Guy said that the 200m butterfly is now "wide open" and that the Olympic final in Rio was "slow." Guy backed up his comments Wednesday by taking the British crown in a solid 1:55.91 -- cracking the world top 10 this year at No. 10. ​Cameron Brodie ​touched for silver in 1:57.46, and ​Duncan Scott​ got his hand on the wall for third in 1:57.50.

Women's 100m Backstroke
British Record: 58.12 (Gemma Spofforth, GBR, 2009)
European Record: 58.12 (Gemma Spofforth, GBR, 2009)
British World Champs QT: 58.76
Consideration Time: 59.58

1.) Georgia Davies -- 59.34 (CT)
2.) Kathleen Dawson -- 1:00.22
3.) Jessica Fullalove -- 1:00.52

​Georgia Davies ​busted out a solid swim in the finals of the women's 100m backstroke with a 59.34 -- the only woman in the field under the minute barrier. She now holds the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. Davies has been a mainstay in this event for Team GB at the last two Olympics; however, she has failed to make it out of the semifinals in either one. ​Kathleen Dawson ​touched for second in 1:00.22, and ​Jessica Fullalove ​also reached the podium in third with a 1:00.52.

Men's 100m Backstroke
British Record: 52.73 (Liam Tancock, GBR, 2009)
European Record: 52.11 (Camille Lacourt, France, 2010)
British World Champs QT: 52.74
Consideration Time: 53.60

1.) Chris Walker-Hebborn -- 54.24
2.) Luke Greenbank -- 54.75
3.) Xavier Mohammed -- 54.93

The men's 100m backstroke was a tight race with all three men breaking the 55-second barrier. Monday's 50m backstroke champion, ​Chris Walker-Hebborn​,​ got his hand on the wall first with a 54.24. ​Luke Greenbank​ snagged the silver in 54.75, and ​Xavier Mohammed ​finished with the bronze in 54.93.

Women's 200m Breaststroke
British Record: 2:22.33 (Molly Renshaw, GBR, 2016)
European Record: 2:19.11 (Rikke Møller Pedersen, Denmark, 2013)
British World Champs QT: 2:22.33
Consideration Time: 2:24.48

1.) Jocelyn Ulyett -- 2:22.08 (QT, British Record)
2.) Molly Renshaw -- 2:23.04 (CT)
3.) Chloe Tutton -- 2:24.28

Of people not named Adam Peaty​Jocelyn Ulyett​ ​was the star of the show in Sheffield on Wednesday night. Ulyett was the only person to secure an automatic qualifying time for the World Championships with her 2:22.08 in the 200m breaststroke -- a new British record and the second-fastest time in the world this year behind ​Yulia Efimova's​ 2:21.35 from Russian Nationals last week. ​Molly Renshaw​, the former British record holder, touched for second in 2:23.04, and ​Chloe Tutton​ rounded out the podium in third with a 2:24.28.
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