British Champs Ones To Watch: Butterfly

7th April 2014

The retirement of 10-time British champion Michael Rock has left the door open for the next generation of butterfly swimmers to fill the void.

Having broken the British 50m Fly record 12 months ago, Ben Proud may be at the front of the queue although Loughborough’s Adam Barrett enjoyed a breakthrough short course season while veteran Joe Roebuck will be aiming to keep the youngsters at bay, particularly in the defence of his 200m Fly title.

Francesca Halsall returns to the fray in the women’s events and will take on defending champion Jemma Lowe over 100m Fly while Lowe, who has already been named on the Welsh team for Glasgow 2014, looks the one to beat in the 200m.

Click the event from the drop down to read more about what to expect in Glasgow.

Men's 50m Butterfly

Last year saw Ben Proud speechless after twice lowering Mark Foster’s 10-year-old British record at Ponds Forge.

Proud then finished 11th at the World Championships in Barcelona and may be the man to beat in Glasgow after continuing his good form into 2014 with a BUCS victory.

He could be challenged by Plymouth teammate Antony James and Loughborough swimmer Thomas Laxton while freestyle specialist Adam Brown will also look to force his way into the reckoning.

  • Defending champion: Ben Proud
  • British record holder: Ben Proud (23.10, British Championships 2013)
  • Most British titles: Mark Foster (four)

Men's 100m Butterfly

Michael Rock won the title for the sixth consecutive time last year but the race is wide open following his retirement with no clear favourite.

Plymouth’s Antony James has won silver three times behind Rock and will aim to hold the likes of Joe Roebuck, Thomas Laxton and Adam Barrett at bay.

  • Defending champion: Michael Rock
  • British record holder: Michael Rock (51.41, World Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Michael Rock (six)

Men's 200m Butterfly

Joe Roebuck has won the title for the last two years but missed out on the World Championship qualification time by just 0.01 last year.

He will renew his butterfly rivalry with Roberto Pavoni who was second in 2013 and deeply upset not to have qualified for the event in Barcelona.

Matthew Johnson is European junior champion from the past two seasons and will be looking to make the transition to the senior team while Lewis Smith and Cameron Brodie may also be challenging.

  • Defending champion: Joe Roebuck
  • British record holder: Michael Rock (1:54.58, World Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Steve Parry / Joe Roebuck / Michael Rock (four)

Women's 50m Butterfly

Fran Halsall was narrowly edged out of the medals at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, finishing fourth. She won in Marseille in 26.12 earlier this season and may well be the one to beat.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor set a personal best of 26.45 for victory in Berlin this year and will pose a threat while Amy Smith is a consistent performer and former champion.

  • Defending champion: Fran Halsall
  • British record holder: Fran Halsall (25.69, World Championships 2013)
  • Most British titles: Rosalind Brett (five)

Women's 100m Butterfly

Fran Halsall will make her comeback to the event after she concentrated on the one-length dashes in 2013. The Loughborough swimmer has been busy this year and her fly title in Marseille was one of four she won at the meet.

Defending champion Jemma Lowe has not finished outside the medals for the last seven years and she will be joined by fellow Bath swimmers Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Tilly Gray as well as last year’s runner-up Rachael Kelly.

  • Defending champion: Jemma Lowe
  • British record holder: Ellen Gandy (57.25, British Championships 2012)
  • Most British titles: Georgina Lee / Ellen Gandy (three)

Women's 200m Butterfly

Jemma Lowe may well be the one to beat over four lengths. Now at Bath following her move from Swansea, she has reunited with former coach Graeme Antwhistle who guided her to junior success in the North East.

Fellow Bath swimmer Tilly Gray could provide the chief opposition along with Emma Day and Aimee Willmott.

  • Defending champion: Jemma Lowe
  • British record holder: Ellen Gandy (2:04.83, British Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Ellen Gandy (four)

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