Swimmer Profile - Freya Anderson – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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EuroSwim 2019 in numbers

What a week it was at EuroSwim in Glasgow, with Tollcross crowds given endless thrills, British success and a host of great memories to cherish.  Russia topped the medal table and Great Britain took home their best haul of medals since 2003, continuing the team’s storied relationship with the Glasgow pool. And British teenage sensation Freya Anderson […]
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Kolesnikov reels off double gold as Russia rule on final night at EuroSwim

Kliment Kolesnikov underlined his status as one of swimming’s brightest young stars with two golds inside an hour as Russia dominated the final night of the LEN European Short Course Championships. The 19-year-old broke the 200m long-course backstroke world record in Glasgow last year but didn’t get a fairytale return, crashing out in the 200m […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Hopkin sets up tilt at top step as EuroSwim builds to climax

Europe’s elite scrabbled for lanes in Sunday morning’s heats ahead of a grandstand final night, promising ten back-to-back finals and non-stop drama. With Freya Anderson going for gold once again and Duncan Scott set to race in three finals, it’s set to be a memorable evening with limited tickets still available for the session. Here […]
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Anderson stuns to claim second gold on a magical night at EuroSwim

Freya Anderson did it again. Great Britain’s teenage sensation sent a loud Tollcross crowd wild for a second night running, soaring to 200m freestyle success and thumping her own national record. Then back to anchor her nation to silver in the mixed 4x50m freestyle, taking the medal tally to nine, Anderson is emerging as the […]
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Three Things from Tollcross: Champions back in the pool on sprint Saturday

Day Three heroes rode the wave of their success on Saturday morning as a bumper weekend at EuroSwim gathers pace. Gold medallists from Friday night Freya Anderson, Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu all dived back into competition and underlined their multiple medal credentials. Here are three things you might have missed from the morning session. […]
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Anderson outshines big names to claim gold on thrilling Friday at EuroSwim

A star is born in Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who held off a world-class field to win 100m freestyle gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. Anderson, 18, sealed a maiden international title with aplomb in front of a boisterous home crowd at Tollcross, a superb final two lengths underpinning a personal best 51.49. […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Britain set up frantic Friday night at EuroSwim

Friday at EuroSwim is already coming to the boil after morning heats bubbled away and teed up more medal chances for Britain in the Tollcross pool. After sealing medals on Thursday night, Duncan Scott, Vladimir Morozov and Kira Toussaint returned to the water and showed their class once again. Here are three quick takeaways from […]
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Litchfield bags Britain gold as world record falls at EuroSwim

It’s all on track to Tokyo for Max Litchfield after dominant 400m individual medley gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Yorkshireman, who arrived in Glasgow with an entry time four seconds quicker than any other, delivered Britain’s first EuroSwim gold medal to the delight of a bumper Tollcross crowd. Litchfield’s family, also […]
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Huge volunteer effort forms backbone of smooth running of EuroSwim

More than 225 volunteers have teamed up with Glasgow Life to deliver the LEN European Short Course Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre this week, with applicants from as far away as Hungary and the United Arab Emirates. From directing spectators to their seats, providing information and support to the swimmers and the media, organizing […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Scott’s away on Day Two at EuroSwim

A pulsating first night gave way to a fascinating second morning with the LEN European Short Course Championships well underway. It was Italy atop the medal table after Day One, but eight further champions will be crowned at Tollcross tonight and Britain will be well in the hunt. Here are three things we learned from […]
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Swimmer Profile – Freya Anderson

A multiple European long course champion before the age of 18, Scouse sensation Freya Anderson’s inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing ahead of the LEN European Short Course Championships.

And it was at Tollcross, where the continent’s finest will gather in December, where the freestyle racer burst onto the scene with four medals at the 2018 European Championships.

The Liverpudlian dived into the pool kicking and screaming as a kid, dreading swimming lessons before moving to boarding school Ellesmere College, where everything changed.

Her prodigious talent was first recognised in 2016, named British Swimming’s Emerging Swimmer of the Year and crowned European junior champion.

Anderson burst into the limelight in becoming world junior and national champion in the 100m freestyle in 2017, a bittersweet season in which she suffered a serious spine injury.

But it was 2018 when she imposed herself on the international stage as a senior athlete, scooping double bronze at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Then came Glasgow, where she anchored Great Britain to 4×100 mixed medley gold alongside Olympic and European short course champion Adam Peaty.

She also reached the rostrum in Scotland with the 4×200 freestyle squad and bronzes in the 4×100 medley and mixed 4×200 freestyle.

Anderson will play a key role in Britain’s medal hopes in the relay events, but is an outstanding individual performer in her own right.

She narrowly missed out on an individual European medal in 2018 and underlined her Championship credentials with a personal best and an eighth-placed finish at this summer’s World Championships.

Her short course record is slender thus far – although she stunned in December when she scooped four gold medals at the Scottish Short Course Championships in Edinburgh.

Having been named in the squad but failing to start at the last edition of the LEN European Short Course Championships, held in 2017 in Copenhagen, she’ll be keen to make an impact.

But given the runaway success that is Anderson’s career so far, Glasgow crowds can expect to see Anderson light up Tollcross from December 4-8.

Follow Freya on Social

Twitter – @freyaandersonn

Instagram – freyaanderson_

Short course personal bests

50m freestyle – 24.75 (2018)

100m freestyle – 52.92 (2018)

200m freestyle – 1:54.59 (2018)

50m butterfly – 26.63 (2017)

Fun Fact

Freya has A-Levels in art and geography.