Tuesday, April 13, 2021 The British Swimming Selection Trials #BSST21 takes part at the London Aquatics Centre from 14-18 April Wednesday sees the start of the British Swimming Selection Trials 2021 at the London Aquatics Centre. The five-day meet will act as a senior selection opportunity for international competition later this year, including the Tokyo Olympic Games, scheduled to take part from 23rd July to 8th August. With only four swimmers pre-selected for Team GB after their performances at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju (Luke Greenback, Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott and James Wilby) the competition will be fierce. To secure nomination, a top two finish in the final of an individual event, within the consideration standard highlighted in the table below is required. Remaining consideration times can be posted at subsequent events, including the European Championships in Budapest next month. Consideration Standards: Female Event Male 24.60 50m freestyle 21.78 53.88 100m freestyle 48.35 1:57.28 200m freestyle 1:46.99 4:05.96 400m freestyle 3:46.78 8:22.05 800m freestyle 7:49.96 16:04.14 1500m freestyle 14:55.91 1:00.23 100m backstroke 53.85 2:08.44 200m backstroke 1:56.60 1:06.79 100m breaststroke 59.23 2:23.37 200m breaststroke 2:09.05 57.92 100m butterfly 51.96 2:08.32 200m butterfly 1:55.45 2:11.10 200m IM 1:58.32 4:36.68 400m IM 4:13.47 3:35.64 4x100m freestyle relay 3:14.17 7:50.05 4x200m freestyle relay 7:09.14 3:58.78 4x100m medley relay 3:32.70 Mixed 4x100m medley relay 3:43.73 Although racing opportunities have been scarce, the invitational meet in Manchester last month produced some strong performances, including those of Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling), who won the hat-trick of backstroke events in Scottish Record times. Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope also showed good form in the freestyle events and will be looking to build on those performances in London. While no international junior events have been confirmed as yet, up-and-coming athletes are all racing in London too, including City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Katie Shanahan and Mark Ford. Shanahan was the standout performer at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku in 2019 returning home with six medals, three gold and three silver, Team GB’s most decorated athlete of the Games in any sport. Her team-mate, Ford, also returned home with gold and silver relay medals. Speaking ahead of the meet, Performance Director of Scottish Swimming, Ally Whike, said, “There are big opportunities for some athletes to throw their names in the hat for places on senior teams. It won’t be easy, but that’s what these meets are about; it’s who can put in that performance when it counts. Its great to have so many Scottish swimmers in the meet. I know our athletes and coaches (in centres where they can train) have been working extremely hard, and there are a number of swimmers who are serious contenders for places in Tokyo. I wish all swimmers well for the meet and look forward to seeing some great racing and competition.” The event runs from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th April and will be live streamed via the British Swimming YouTube channel. The schedule of events can be found HERE and the results from the event, HERE. The entry list for the event can be found HERE.