Proper national competition returned with a bang as the 2022 British Championships kicked off in Sheffield, with places at the Budapest world Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham up for grabs.
The meet is at least part of the selection process for Britain’s World Championship team and the Commonwealth Games teams for England, Wales and Scotland, as outlined in greater detail in our guides to each policy.
Below we have summarised the selection position after day 1 of competition. Please note this is only our interpretation of how each policy will be applied and final selections need to be confirmed by the relevant selectors in due course. If you spot an error please get in touch.
Adam Peaty was preselected but reconfirmed his place in the 100m breaststroke, with James Wilby behind him adding a 100m spot, having been preselected in the 200m event. Otherwise there were no world championship qualifiers on day 1, despite a hugely impressive PB over 200m freestyle from Freya Colbert who went on to also win the 400IM.
It was all ladies for England on Day 1 as Imogen Clark, Freya Anderson and Freya Colbert all posted consideration times, with pre-selected Abbie Wood adding the 200 free to her potential events with a victory in that event. The Women’s 4×200 team narrowly missed the consideration time however.
Day 1 for Wales mainly saw those already in the selection frame strengthening their claims with no new names added to the discussion. Medi Harris showed she is in good form with a PB over 200m freestyle but fell just short of the consideration time – her best events are still to come however.
A full house of qualifiers of the men’s 100m breaststroke headlined day 1 for Scotland as Craig Benson, Ross Murdoch and Archie Goodburn all made the grade. Katie Shanahan in the 400IM and Scott Gibson and Martyn Walton in the 50m backstroke, the former with a Scottish Record, also put themselves into contention.