British Swimming’s flagship domestic event took place at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from 5th-10th April 2022, and played a key role in the qualification process for June’s World Championships in Budapest – the first of three major international meets across the year after a historic 2021 for Britain’s swimmers.
The six-day meet is also enabled Age & Youth swimmers to race for team selections for the remaining senior and junior international meets in 2022, with British and Home Nation athletes targeting big performances to get them on teams for the world stage.
Team places on the following national teams were up for grabs; Commonwealth Games, World Championships, European Championships, European Junior Championships & World Youth Games.
RWS swimmers, Louise Jones, Oliver Burns, Aimee Monks, James Shevchenko, Liam Dawson, Chloe Harris, Joe Stratton, Lily May Marston, Lottie Cullen, Andy Jones, Finn Drysdale all competed throughout the busy week’s schedule. Highlights included:
Louise Jones broke the 50m Breaststroke club record in the heats and final.
Liam Dawson, Oliver Burns, James Shevchenko all raced to excellent Personal Bests in their respective races.
Joe Stratton broke the 100m Breaststroke club record in his heat.
Chloe Harris raced in the 400m Individual Medley junior final and placed 3rd.
Chloe Harris and Louise Jones both broke the 50m Butterfly club record in the consecutive heats with the former coming away with the final honour after a cracking final swim where she placed 3rd.
James Shevchenko, Lily May Marston, Andy Jones all performed amazingly and came away with excellent new personal best times.
Joe Stratton carried on his fine form and lowered the 50m Breaststroke club record.
Louise Jones started the day off with a bang and set a new club record for 50m Freestyle in the heat then moved it on again in the final.
James Shevchenko and Finn Drysdale in his first British Championships had exceptional performances. James in the 400m Individual Medley and Finn in the 1500m Freestyle.
Chloe Harris really stepped up in the 200m Butterfly final lowering her personal best along the way.
At this stage in the meet we had 32 swims, 21 personal best times and 9 clubs records which was a magnificent return.
Chloe Harris, Liam Dawson, Lottie Cullen and Louise Jones all had great new personal best swims In their events.
Aimee Monks also had a cracking swim in the 100m Freestyle achieving the second fastest time of her career so far.
Personal best swims were a theme with Louise Jones, Lily May Marston, Chloe Harris, Joe Stratton, Andy Jones and James Shevchenko all performing admirably.
Lily May Marston stepped up another gear in the final of the 50m Backstroke and taking 3rd place in a new personal best time.
Andy Jones also brought his personal best time down in the 200m Individual Medley final.
Chloe Harris took the 1st place in the 200IM final with an outstanding race.
Best swims from Liam Dawson in the 50m Butterfly, Andy Jones in the 200m Backstroke and Oliver Burns in the 200m Freestyle kept the team on track for a blockbuster championships.
Liam Dawson showed his raw speed in the 50m Butterfly final placing 6th with a new personal best time.
Chloe Harris “exploded” off the blocks and into the race of her life in the 100m Butterfly final, resulting in a new personal best time.
An awesome championships and experience for the RWS team.