What you need to know about the 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials
The British Swimming Championships have been rebranded for 2021 as Team GB aim to name European Championships and Olympic teams.
After its cancellation last year, the British Swimming Championships make their return – in a modified form – 12 months after they were due to take place.
This year, due to Covid restrictions, the event has been adjusted by British Swimming, which has also renamed the event the 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials.
Athletes will compete to be named on either the 2020 European Championship or Olympic Games teams, with the former event taking place in May and the latter in July 2021.
The trials are set to be held from 14–18 April at the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the host site of swimming during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Here's what you need to know about the event.
That year, Peaty took gold in the breaststroke events with Wilby taking silver behind him in the 100m, while Scott won bronze in the 200m freestyle and Greenbank in the 200m backstroke.
The biggest name at the Trials competing for his Olympic spot will therefore probably be 4x100m medley relay world champion James Guy, who missed out on pre-selection as he did not win an individual medal in Gwangju.
Guy, the 2015 world champion in the 200m freestyle, won two relay silvers at Rio 2016 but will have to perform up to expectations in London before booking his spot at a second Games.
On the women's side, look for Freya Anderson in the freestyle as the two-time long-course European champion, who won a mixed medley bronze in Gwangju in 2019, attempts to qualify for her first Olympic team.
The meet will be held at the London Aquatics Centre, host venue for swimming at the London 2012 Games.
Since the Games, it has hosted a number of legs of the FINA Diving World Series, and was also the host venue for the 2016 European Aquatics Championships which saw Great Britain claim seven gold medals in the pool.
It also hosted the British Championships in 2015.
While the London Aquatics Centre can normally hold nearly 3,000 people, the Trials will be held behind closed doors with no spectators in attendance. Additionally, swimmers who are not competing during a session will not be allowed to be present.
The modification of the event's status from a British Swimming Championships into Selection Trials has seen governing body British Swimming scrap junior-specific finals, with only open finals for the top eight qualifiers in each event regardless of age.
Additionally, non-Olympic events – such as the 50 m butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke – have been removed from the programme. The entire meet is being conducted in a Covid-secure "bubble" format, with swimmers only allowed to leave their hotel rooms to go to the pool to train or compete.
During the meet itself, four events – the two 800 m and two 1500 m freestyles – will be raced under heat declared winner / fastest heat rules, with no final. The swimmers with the best qualifying times will all race in the last heat, and at the end of competition all times across all heats are sorted to determine final standings.
All other events will race heats during morning sessions and finals during evening sessions.
Competition will take place over two sessions each day from 14–18 April.
Morning sessions will start at 10 am local time (British Summer Time; UTC + 1 hour) and evening sessions at 7 pm.
The event schedule is as follows (correct as of information available on 12 April):
Women's 200 m freestyle
Men's 400 m freestyle
Women's 400 m individual medley
Men's 100 m breaststroke
Women's 100 m butterfly
Men's 200 m individual medley
Women's 800 m freestyle
Men's 800 m freestyle
Men's 200 m butterfly
Women's 100 m backstroke
Men's 100 m backstroke
Women's 200 m breaststroke
Men's 400 m individual medley
Women's 200 m butterfly
Men's 100 m freestyle
Women's 400 m freestyle
Men's 200 m breaststroke
Women's 100 m freestyle
Men's 50 m freestyle
Women's 200 m backstroke
Men's 100 m butterfly
Women's 200 m individual medley
Men's 1500 m freestyle
Women's 1500 m freestyle
Women's 100 m breaststroke
Men's 200 m backstroke
Women's 50 m freestyle
Men's 200 m freestyle
All sessions will be live streamed on the British Swimming YouTube page.