Splash and Dash – Day 5 Selection Tracker

Night five in London delivered some world class racing and some world class times to go with it. Ben Proud and Abbie Wood stole the headlines, but there were a number of encouraging swims as four more nomination standards were posted.

Proud was once again supreme in the 50m freestyle and was never headed as he posted 21.25 – his fastest long course time since 2018. That sent a message out to his rivals, that he will be there or thereabouts in Paris and he will be tough to beat. He was followed home by Matt Richards who also ducked under the nomination standard to hold off Alex Cohoon who set his 4th lifetime best in 4 races this week, with a maiden sub 22s swim of 21.90.

The other class act of the night came from Wood whose 2:08.91 in the 200IM was a lifetime best and her fastest time since 2021. She displayed consummate skills to easily see off the field and take a comfortable win. Behind her Freya Colbert and Katie Shanahan battled out a reprise of their 400IM showdown, the Loughborough swimmer getting the touch and a nomination standard that adds a potential second individual event to her programme.

That’s where the qualification ended though. Toby Robinson added an 800 freestyle lifetime best to his 1500m effort but was a little off the mark, while James Wilby did enough to hold off Greg Butler over 200m breaststroke, but fell shy of the required nomination time.

There was better news in the women’s 100m butterfly where a lifetime best of 57.92 for Keanna MacInnes, while away from the tough nomination standard of 57.13, looks to have given a boost to the women’s medley relay prospects. She was followed home by Lucy Grieve who carved swathes off her lifetime best to touch in 58.31.

A full Olympic selection update is available below. Note this is only our interpretation of how the policy will be applied and final selections need to be confirmed by the selectors in due course.

Paralympic Selection

There was a plethora of Paralympic selection times posted on the penultimate night with 11 marks established. The highlight among them came from Olivia Newman-Baronious who equalled the S14 100m butterfly world record with a swim of 1:03.33.

The current list of nomination standards is below, with those achieved on nights 1 to 4 shown in italics.

  • Olivia Newman-Baronius (S14 100m Butterfly)
  • Faye Rogers (S10 100m Butterfly)
  • Callie-Ann Warrington (S10 100m Butterfly)
  • Brock Whiston (S8 100m Butterfly)
  • Poppy Maskill (S14 100m Butterfly)
  • Ellie Challis (S3 50m Backstroke)
  • Tully Kearney (S5 50m Backstroke)
  • Maisie Summers-Newton (SM6 200m Individual Medley)
  • Olivia Newman-Baronius (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • Brock Whiston (SM8 200m Individual Medley)
  • Poppy Maskill (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • Stephen Clegg (S12 100m Butterfly)
  • William Ellard (S14 100m Butterfly)
  • Brock Whiston (S8 400m Freestyle)
  • Toni Shaw S9 (400m Freestyle)
  • Alice Tai S8 (400m Freestyle)
  • Scarlett Humphrey (S11 400m Freestyle)
  • Eliza Humphrey (S11 400m Freestyle)
  • Cameron Vearncombe (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • Rhys Darbey (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • William Ellard (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • Stephen Clegg (S12 100m Backstroke)
  • William Ellard (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Mark Tompsett (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Alice Tai (S8 100m Backstroke)
  • Poppy Maskill (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Olivia Newman-Baronius (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Megan Neave (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Poppy Maskill (S14 200 Freestyle)
  • Louise Fiddes (S14 200 Freestyle)
  • Olivia Newman-Burke (S14 200 Freestyle)
  • Susanna Hext (S6 200 Freestyle)
  • Tully Kearney (S5 200m Freestyle)