Men’s 400m Free – Glorious Guy
World Champion James Guy was the first swimmer of the evening’s finals to impress as he dominated the 400m Freestyle, leading throughout and extending the considerable gap between him and the rest of the field as the race progressed. The Millfield swimmer finished in an impressive 3:43.84, under the consideration time for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and just 0.09 off his own British Record.
“It felt like a great swim,” Guy said. “It felt really strong. The first half felt really comfortable but it hurt towards the back end but that’s fine. We’re in April now and we’ve got four months until the Games so still some work to be done.”
Perth City’s Stephen Milne took silver in 3:46.53, whilst Jay Lelliot of Bath University claimed the third podium spot.
Women’s 200m Free – Carlin grabs gold
Commonwealth gold medallist Jazz Carlin grabbed gold in one of the closest races of the night, as she reached for the wall in first place in the women’s 200m Freestyle.
The race was close throughout, with City of Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner and City of Leeds teenager Georgia Coates pushing the National Centre, Bath swimmer all the way, but Carlin took the race with a strong final 50m. Carlin’s time of 1:57.62 wasn’t quite good enough for Olympic qualification, but her preferred events are still to come later this week.
In taking third place in 1:58.54, Coates also set new British and English Records for her 17 years age group.
Men’s 100m Breaststroke – The Peaty Show
Triple World Champion Peaty had the Scottish crowd on their feet with an exciting and classy final of the 100m Breaststroke, touching in first place in 58.41, under the consideration time for the Olympic Games this summer.
The City of Derby swimmer looked powerful throughout the final and turned in first place, with University of Stirling swimmer Ross Murdoch hot on his heels. Murdoch went on to take silver, also just under the Olympic consideration time, while Loughborough’s James Wilby took bronze.
I know that wasn’t near my best, I’m glad that I came first but I know what went wrong and what went well in that race.
Despite a fantastic performance, following the race the World Champ commented, “I know that wasn’t near my best, I’m glad that I came first but I know what went wrong and what went well in that race. Hopefully next time I can get out a bit faster and come back stronger.” Exciting times ahead!
Women’s 400m IM – Magical Miley on form
Double Olympian Hannah Miley went head to head with London Aquatics’ Aimee Willmott in the 400m IM, with Miley pulling ahead on the Breaststroke leg, before securing the win with a powerful final 100m.
Miley finished in 4:33.40 to put herself in contention for Rio 2016, whilst Willmott finished in 4:35.52, an agonising 0.08 behind the Olympic consideration time, so will have to cross her fingers until the team is announced next Thursday.