Swimmer Profile - Anna Hopkin – LEN

MEET YOUR BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROSWIM 2019

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 – Anna Hopkin

Anna Hopkin is looking to secure her status as one of Britain’s international swimming stars at the LEN European Short Course Championships.

Hopkin established herself as one of Britain’s top freestyle swimmers at the British Championships at Tollcross earlier this year.

She won gold in the 50m freestyle and silver in the 100m freestyle in that competition, and returns to Glasgow in December representing her country.

The 23-year-old from Chorley broke into the ranks of Britain’s swimming team last year, bringing home a bronze medal in the 4×100 freestyle at the Commonwealth Games.

Hopkin’s third leg of 53.82 was the fastest on her team as they finished ahead of New Zealand to clinch the bronze.

That team, consisting of Hopkin, Freya Anderson, Eleanor Faulkner and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, improved their time at the European Championships in Glasgow later in the year.

Disappointingly, that was only enough for a 4th place finish as Denmark pipped them by 0.23s.

With Faulkner not swimming at Glasgow, Hopkin will have to focus instead on her individual performances, which have massively improved in the last few months.

She swam a personal best in the 50m freestyle at the World Championships in Gwangju earlier this year, which was enough for a 7th place finish.

At the time she said: “I didn’t feel nervous as the couple of international competitions I’ve done have prepared me well and I’m gradually getting used to racing in this environment.”

The key for her is being able to kick on and keep improving, which she will be looking to do in Glasgow.

Hopkin will see the Short Course Championships as a chance to keep that improvement going and deliver an individual medal.

Moreover, even though there’ll be stiff competition, her medley relay team will also be hoping to medal, having secured a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.

The talented Georgia Davies, Molly Renshaw and Laura Stephens are likely to be competing in that team. 

Hopkin’s development has been boosted by her time at the University of Arkansas, and since joining the American college in 2018, her performances have improved massively.

That improvement has mostly been to her long course form however, and Hopkin had plenty of short course experience from her time at Bath University.

A return to short course will hopefully see Hopkin impressing in Glasgow, and she will be targeting a continuation of the form that has made this a huge year for her.

Social Media Handle

Twitter – @annahopkin

Instagram – anna_hopkin

Short Course Personal Bests

50m Freestyle – 23.70 (2018)

100m Freestyle – 52:00 (2018)

Fun Fact

Hopkin is currently majoring in Kinesiology – the study of human movement.