The stand-out swim on day three of the British Championships was from Max Litchfield in the Men’s 400m IM, with a stunning performance to seal victory in a fantastic personal best time of 4:12.05, 0.03 seconds inside the Olympic consideration time.
The City of Sheffield swimmer looked ecstatic as he touched a body length ahead of the field and following the win commented, “It feels incredible! Coming into this I knew I had the potential to get in there and swim the way I did. I’m really pleased with that and it’s great to come away on top as well.”
Loughborough University’s Roberto Pavoni was next to finish, joined on the podium by Daniel Wallace.
Women’s 800m Free
Commonwealth Champion Jazz Carlin of Bath University took pole position from the start of the 800m Free and stayed ahead for the duration, going on to win in a time of 8:27.49.
“When I come here I want to be at my best and obviously get on that Olympic team,” Carlin said. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks and I put a lot of pressure on myself to not miss out on the Olympics.
I didn’t feel myself when I was racing and when you’re racing a bit tense you start to get a bit heavy and you don’t get into your stroke then.
"I didn’t feel myself when I was racing and when you’re racing a bit tense you start to get a bit heavy and you don’t get into your stroke then. It’s something to discuss with all of the great support staff I have around me and see if I can relax going into the 400.”
Her closest challenge came from City of Glasgow’s Camilla Hattersley who finished second, with Olympic medallist Keri-Anne Payne taking bronze.
Men’s 100m Freestyle
Duncan Scott (pictured below) produced arguably the shock of the night to beat British record holder Ben Proud in the 100m Free in a time of 48.66 seconds.
With Proud just inches ahead at the turn, Scott powered down the second 50m, to get the touch just ahead and take gold, with Loughborough University’s Adam Barrett taking the bronze.
Women’s 200m Butterfly
Aimee Willmott of London Aquatics made up for a disappointing second place finish in the 400m IM earlier in the week where she just missed out on achieving the Olympic consideration time, with victory in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2:08.82.
“Being British Champion means a lot,” Willmott said. “After finishing second in the 400m Individual Medley, it wasn’t finishing second I was disappointed with but the time. My head wasn’t really in it and I knew I just had to forget about that and refocus knowing I had two other swims and I’m really happy with the result.”
Alys Thomas was second, an agonising 0.05 behind Willmott, while 15 year old Emily Large swam an impressive personal best of 2:09.47, setting a new British 15 years age group record as she finished third.