Anna Hopkin Clocks 53.94 in 100 Meter Free at Missouri LC Qualifier


  • November 19th, 2019
  • Columbia, Missouri (University of Missouri)
  • LCM (50m), timed finals
  • Results (also on Meet Mobile: “2019 Mizzou Long Course Trials Qualifier”)

This weekend’s loaded schedule of college mid-season invites got underway on Tuesday with a day of long course racing at the University of Missouri. While many of this week’s invites will include a long course session, for most meets that session is coming at the end of the normal yards schedule.

Missouri, though, opted to race long course upfront, and while the meet is called a “trials qualifier,” it was a swimmer who is not eligible for the American Olympic Trials who stole the show.

Arkansas senior Anna Hopkin, who represents Great Britain internationally, swam a 53.94 in the 100 freestyle before scratching the 50 free. That 53.94 is the fastest time she’s been outside of this summer’s World Championships, where she swam a 53.21 to qualify 3rd through to the semi-final in Gwangju. In that semi-final, she added time and swam 53.65 to place 13th and miss the final.

That time for Hopkin is also the 7th-best in the world so far in the 2019-2020 season:

2019-2020 World Rankings, Women’s 100 Meter Freestyle

  1. Cate Campbell, Australia – 52.51
  2. Michelle Coleman, Sweden – 53.04
  3. Bronte Campbell, Australia – 53.08
  4. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands – 53.33
  5. Simone Manuel, USA – 53.44
  6. Mariia Kameneva, Russia – 53.52
  7. Junxuan Yang, China – 53.93
  8. Anna Hopkin, Great Britain – 53.93

Missouri post-grad Mikel Schreuders, who is from Aruba, dominated the men’s 100 free with a time of 49.54. That’s very close to his lifetime best of 49.08, done at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Meanwhile, plenty of American swimmers hit Olympic Trials-qualifying times to kick off the week of mid-season racing. Here’s where you can check out the time standards for the 2020 Olympic Trials.


  • Mizzou sophomore Kayla Jones had a huge drop in the 200 breast, winning it with a time of 2:30.15. That took three seconds off of her former best time of 2:33.37, done just a few months ago at Summer Nationals, which was hundredths off of the OT cut of 2:33.29. She’s well under that now with that swim.
  • In the women’s 100 breast, meanwhile, Morganne McKennan of San Diego State had a huge improvement of her own. She made NCAAs last season as a junior for the first time ever, and broke a minute in yards last season, too. Tonight, after only having been 1:10.89 prior, the senior blasted a 1:09.80 to secure her OT cut. Mizzou’s Emily Snyder was also under the OT cut, going 1:10.85 to slide by it by four hundredths.
  • BYU had two men earn OT cuts. Ryan Sorensen went 1:02.91 in the 100 breast, breaking 1:03 for the first time ever. In the 50 free, Jared Shaw dropped a 22.88 as he and Mizzou’s Kyle Leach (23.19) went OT-qualifying times; Shaw was just hundredths off of his best, while Leach tied the OT standard and took a couple of tenths off of his old best of 23.45.
  • Molly Gowans of Mizzou posted a 1:02.58 in the 100 back for the win, a new best, while her teammate Jennifer King was 2:13.93 to win the 200 back. Both hit OT cuts, but Gowans is Canadian and King is Scottish, so those standards aren’t super relevant for them.
  • Wyoming’s Josue Dominguez, from the Dominican Republic, won the 200 breast in 2:15.71. According to Wikipedia, that smashes his own national record by over two seconds. Wyoming’s Mitch Hovis took second in an OT cut time of 2:17.88, getting under it by a hundredth with a new best time.
  • Mizzou freshman Will Goodwin clocked his first-ever OT cut in the event, going 2:04.06 in the 200 IM to get under it by three-hundredths. His teammate Nick Alexander won the 100 fly in 54.03, slicing eight-tenths off of his old best of 54.83 and notching an OT cut. Alexander is one of the best 200 backstrokers in the country right now, but tonight he showcased his butterfly prowess.

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2 years ago

gb definitely should have entered a mixed 4×100 free at worlds with hopkin and Anderson being this strong for the women and then Scott and either guy or maybe proud for the men’s side. Granted it’s not an Olympic event, but they definitely could have been in the hunt for a bronze.

Reply to  amurray
2 years ago

Pardon my ignorance if this were posted somewhere, but is there a reason they didn’t even field half their relays?

Reply to  moddiddle
2 years ago

i’m not really sure if I’m honest. I think for the likes of the women’s 4×200 there weren’t enough decent times in the 200 to warrant them taking a team, but I have no idea for the mixed 4×100 free considering that all the swimmers that they could’ve used were on the team anyway. Maybe it was due to the schedule of the meet? Not sure though

2 years ago

Neil has done a great job with her. I am kind of surprised she didn’t redshirt but not sure when their Trials are?

Coach in UK
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

GB trials are April 14th-19th in London. She won’t have to taper for SEC’s as NCAA qualification will be secured so a double taper shouldn’t be a problem for someone who races so well.

Coach in UK
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

Also, don’t forget British Swimming pick whomever the want regardless of how the perform at trials so it doesn’t really matter if she peaks at trials or not. The GB selection policy might as well be printed on toilet paper.

In The Know
Reply to  Coach in UK
2 years ago

That would explain why it stinks

In The Know
2 years ago

That would explain why it stinks

2 years ago

Man, she is really improving rapidly. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if she gets Halsall’s British Record this year.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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