2021 British Trials: Max Litchfield Hits 4:14 IM, Thomas/Stephens Swim 2:09 FL


The 2021 British Choice Trials proceed to impress on the London Aquatics Centre with this morning’s preliminaries now within the books main into Friday’s PM finals session. Yesterday night time, six extra Brits swam underneath the Olympic choice normal, giving the choice committee 11 complete swims to select from for illustration on the Olympics after two days of competitors. Tonight at 7pm British time/11am Pacific/1pm Central/2pm Japanese, the finals of the boys’s 400 IM, ladies’s 200 fly, males’s 100 free, ladies’s 400 free, and males’s 200 breast will happen. However first, right here’s this morning’s prelims highlights:

Day 3 Prelims Highlights

After inserting Third within the 200 IM remaining on Wednesday, Loughborough’s Max Litchfield nabbed the highest males’s 400 IM seed at 4:14.67, the one sub-4:20 swim of the session. Litchfield must drop 1.2s in an effort to meet Britain’s choice normal of 4:13.47. Rounding out the highest 3 times had been Bathtub NC’s Jacob Greenow (4:20.13) and Loughborough’s Charlie Hutchison (4:20.42).

One other particular person Third-place finisher grabbing the highest seed heading into finals was Swansea’s Alys Thomas, who improved from Third within the 100 fly to main the ladies’s 200 fly prelims at 2:09.02, a meager 0.02s forward of Plymouth’s Laura Stephens (2:09.04). The British normal to punch the ticket to Tokyo is a 2:08.32, seven-tenths quicker than Thomas and Stephens. Additionally breaking 2:10 was Bathtub NC’s Emily Giant (2:09.64).

Instantly swimming underneath the Olympic qualifying normal of 48.35 was pre-selected Olympian Stirling’s Duncan Scott within the males’s 100 free, grabbing the highest seed at 48.19. Bathtub NC teammates Thomas Dean (48.53) and Matthew Richards (48.78) rounded out the highest 3 times, with Dean being the closest to the 48.35 choice normal. Putting fourth was 200 IM runner-up Joe Litchfield of Loughborough (48.90) whereas 16-year-old Jacob Whittle of Derventio hit fifth at 49.31.

Cruising to the ladies’s 400 free prime seed was Bathtub NC’s Holly Hibbott, registering a morning swim of 4:14.07. The British qualification time sits at a swift 4:05.96. Hibbott’s lifetime greatest got here from the 2018 European Championships, hitting the No. 4 British swim all-time of 4:05.01. On the 2016 Olympics, Jazmin Carlin earned Olympic silver with a 4:01.23, No. 3 all-time in British historical past. Teammate Leah Crisp positioned second this morning at 4:15.50.

Whereas Adam Peaty and James Wilby had been pre-selected for the 100 breast, Stirling breaststroker Ross Murdoch has a shot at punching his ticket to Tokyo within the males’s 200 breast after swimming 2:09.90 for the highest finals seed. Murdoch solely must shave 0.85s from this morning to hit Britain’s normal of two:09.05. He owns the British document at 2:07.30 from the 2014 Commonwealth Video games. Loughborough’s Wilby positioned second this morning at 2:10.29.

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