2017 British Swimming ChampionshipsSheffield, England
April 18-April 23, 2017
Prelims begin: 10 AM (4 AM CDT)
Finals begin: 6:30 PM (12:30 PM CDT)
Day three finals of the 2017 British Swimming Championships on Thursday featured two new British records from Max Litchfield in the men's 400m IM and Duncan Scott in the men's 100m freestyle. Other events on the docket were the men's 1500m freestyle, women's 200m butterfly, and women's 50m freestyle.
Men's 1500m FreestyleBritish Record: 14:45.95 (David Davies, 2004)
European Record: 14:34.04 (Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy, 2016)
British World Champs QT: 14:48.60
Consideration Time: 15:00.40
1.) Daniel Jervis -- 14:51.48 (CT)
2.) Timothy Shuttleworth -- 15:07.92
3.) Stephen Milne -- 15:14.26
The first event of the session set the tone for all of the fast swimming to come. Daniel Jervis popped off a 14:51.48 in the men's 1500m freestyle -- the fourth fastest time in the world this year. Jervis looked solid throughout the race, flipping in 7:54 at the 800m mark and consistently hovering around the 29 high, 30 low split range to claim the title. Timothy Shuttleworth looked great through the 800m mark, flipping in 7:56, but could not hang with Jervis' pace and touched for second in 15:07.92. Stephen Milne rounded out the podium in third with a 15:14.26.
British Record: 2:04.83 (Ellen Gandy, 2009)
Women's 200m Butterfly
European Record: 2:04.27 (Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 2009)
British World Champs QT: 2:06.52
Consideration Time: 2:07.98
1.) Charlotte Atkinson -- 2:07.06 (CT)
2.) Alys Thomas -- 2:07.87 (CT)
3.) Emily Large -- 2:09.89
Charlotte Atkinson took the lead from the start and never looked back, touching in a time of 2:07.06 -- the fourth fastest time in the world this year. She was just off the automatic qualifying time for Team GB, but was well under the consideration time so you can be sure to see her in Budapest at the World Championships. Alys Thomas had a fantastic swim as well, riding Atkinson's hips the entire way and touching for silver with a 2:07.87, also under Team GB's consideration time. Emily Large rounded out the podium in third with a 2:09.89.
British Record: 4:11.04 (Dan Wallace, 2014)
Men's 400m IM
European Record: 4:06.16 (Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 2008)
British World Champs QT: 4:11.62
Consideration Time: 4:13.42
Max Litchfield -- fourth place finisher at the 2016 Olympics in Rio -- popped off a very impressive swim of 4:10.63, good for a new British record and the fourth fastest time in the world this year. Mark Szaranek, standout swimmer for the Florida Gators, transitioned very well from a solid short course NCAA season to pick up the silver medal in 4:15.51. Joe Litchfield, Max's brother, rounded out the podium in third with a 4:19.18.
1.) Max Litchfield -- 4:10.63 (British Record, QT)
2.) Mark Szaranek -- 4:15.51
3.) Joe Litchfield -- 4:19.18
British Record: 23.96 (Francesca Halsall, 2014)
Women's 50m Freestyle
European Record: 23.73 (Britta Steffen, Germany, 2009)
British World Champs QT: 24.13
Consideration Time: 24.56
In the women's splash and dash, Anna Hopkin got her hand on the wall first with a 25.07. Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, more of an IM/breaststroke specialist, secured the silver medal with a 25.28 and Lucy Hope rounded out the podium with the bronze in 25.42.
1.) Anna Hopkin -- 25.07
2.) Siobhan-Marie O'Connor -- 25.28
3.) Lucy Hope -- 25.42
British Record: 48.01 (Duncan Scott, 2016)
Men's 100m Freestyle
European Record: 47.12 (Alain Bernard, France, 2009)
British World Champs QT: 47.91
Consideration Time: 48.33
Duncan Scott does not have the stature of a typical sprinter -- standing 6'3 and at most 175 lbs (not confirmed) -- but this guy can slice through the water like butter. Scott uncorked a massive 47.90 in the 100m freestyle to become the first British man ever under the 48 second barrier, recording the top time in the world this year in the process. He busted on the scene at the 2016 Olympics in Rio to pick up a fifth place finish in 48.01 and looks like he is just beginning to untap his potential. Jack Thorpe got his hand on the wall for second in 49.65 and Kieran McGuckin rounded out the podium in third with a 49.68.
1.) Duncan Scott -- 47.90 (British Record, QT)
2.) Jack Thorpe -- 49.65
3.) Kieran McGuckin -- 49.68