Swimmer Profile - Anna Hopkin – LEN

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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.