Swimmer Profile – Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 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 – Siobhan-Marie O’Connor

The versatile Siobhan-Marie O’Connor is certainly no stranger to the big occasion and she arrives in Glasgow with plenty of experience she will be hoping to put to good use.

She may only be 23-years-old but O’Connor has already enjoyed a sterling international career, scooping Olympic silver in Rio in the 200m Individual Medley after claiming her maiden World Championship medals in Kazan the previous year.

The precocious hotshot claimed gold and bronze in the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay and the 200m Individual Medley respectively in the Russian water, laying the foundations for a meteoric rise that continues to intensify year on year.

O’Connor also won golds in the 200m Individual Medley at both the Glasgow and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2014 and 2018, adding to the two 4x100m Medley Relay first-places – one in the mixed and one in the women’s – she achieved at the 2016 European Championships in London.

And she achieved all this while living with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease that saw her almost give up swimming when she was diagnosed with the condition shortly after London 2012.

O’Connor has particularly fond memories of Glasgow, picking up an impressive haul of six medals at the venue in the 2014 Commonwealth Games to delight an adoring Scottish crowd.

And she extended her success north of the border at the European Championships in 2018, winning bronze in the 4x100m Medley Relay in addition to fourth and fifth place finishes in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke.

Domestic glory has also been high on O’Connor’s agenda in the Glasgow water, as she won seven medals in the city across the three British Championships there between 2014 and 2019.

The Bath-born star triumphed in the 200m Individual Medley earlier this year, building on her trio of glories in 2016 – 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle – and her golds in the 200m Freestyle and Individual Medley events in 2014.

So, as the highly-decorated young star prepares to grace one of her most fondly-remembered pools once again, she will be doing so with every hope that her experience will serve her well for the LEN European Short Course Championships.

Follow Siobhan on social

Twitter – @SiobhanMOConnor

Instagram – @siobhanmoconnor95

Short Course Personal Bests

100m Freestyle – 52.98

200m Freestyle – 1:53.82

100m Breaststroke – 1:05.07

100m Butterfly – 55.93

100m Individual Medley – 57.59

200m Individual Medley – 2:05.13

Fun Fact – O’Connor missed her school prom in order to compete in the qualifying meet for London 2012 – where she would go on to race as a mere 16-year-old and finish eighth in the 4x100m Medley Relay.