After a swift revision to their selection policy when things didn’t look to be going too well at the 2023 British Championships, which acted also as selection trials for this year’s world championships, British Swimming have now named a squad of 29 swimmers for that meet.
It’s headed by the 5 swimmers who made the automatic qualifying times, guaranteeing Freya Anderson, Freya Colbert, Katie Shanhan, Matt Richards and Dan Jervis their slot, and unsurprisingly everyone who made the consideration times has also been given the nod for the trip to Japan, adding 10 further names.
From there, with the limit of 8 wild cards lifted in the selection policy revision, 14 further names have been added. That group reflects a relay focus, given Olympic qualification is available, but all those on the team will now be able to swim individual events they are eligible for if the coaches allow.
On the women’s side, Medi Harris, Lauren Cox, Kara Hanlon and Keanna MacInnes are named, giving the medley relay the chance to swim, while Lucy Hope is added, confirming that at least one, if not both, of the freestyle relays will race in Japan.
For the men’s team, the 4×200 squad is bulked up with Joe Litchfield and Jack McMillan (although the latter comes with an asterisk pending his change of nationality being ratified), while Jacob Whittle is added for the 4×100 freestyle. Medley relay duty is confirmed with the addition of triple backstroke champion Ollie Morgan, with Cam Brooker, who also cracked the the 54s barrier in Sheffield alongside, and James Wilby and Greg Butler included for breaststroke.
The final two picks were Luke Turley, who won the 400m freestyle in Sheffield and Brodie Williams, who would expect to get a go in the 200m backstroke, as well as providing further backup for the medley relay.
There was no dramatic wildcard selection for Adam Peaty, who sat out the trials to protect his mental health, while Luke Greenbank also misses out having been off colour in Sheffield.
Automatic qualifying times:
- Freya Colbert, Loughborough Performance Centre
- Daniel Jervis, Swim Wales High Performance Centre
- Matt Richards, Millfield
- Katie Shanahan, University of Stirling
- Laura Stephens, Loughborough Performance Centre
- Freya Anderson, Bath Performance Centre
- Lewis Burras, Repton
- Tom Dean, Bath Performance Centre
- James Guy, Bath Performance Centre
- Anna Hopkin, Loughborough Performance Centre
- Emily Large, Millfield
- Jacob Peters, Bath Performance Centre
- Ben Proud, Bath University
- Duncan Scott, University of Stirling
- Abbie Wood, Loughborough Performance Centre
- Cameron Brooker, Bath Performance Centre
- Greg Butler, Loughborough Performance Centre
- Lauren Cox, Loughborough University
- Kara Hanlon, Edinburgh University
- Medi Harris, Swim Wales High Performance Centre
- Lucy Hope, University of Stirling
- Joe Litchfield, Loughborough Performance Centre
- Keanna MacInnes, University of Stirling
- Jack McMillan, University of Stirling
- Oliver Morgan, University of Birmingham
- Luke Turley, Bath Performance Centre
- Jacob Whittle, Loughborough Performance Centre
- James Wilby, Loughborough Performance Centre
- Brodie Williams, Bath Performance Centre
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