Anna Hopkin

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Anna Hopkin is a competitive swimmer who represents Great Britain internationally.

College (Arkansas)


Hopkin opted to swim at the University of Arkansas, and immediately it seemed like a mutually beneficial decision for both parties. At Arkansas’ mid-season rest meet, the Mizzou invite, Hopkin shattered the Arkansas school record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.05. And that was only the beginning. At the SEC Championships, Hopkin had runner-up finishes in both the 50 (21.58) and 100 (47.10) free, as well as a 5th place finish in the 200 free (1:44.56).

At the NCAA Championships, Hopkin kept the ball rolling as she placed 2nd in the 100 free (46.56) and 5th in the 50 free (21.51), both new school records and best times.


Hopkin had a stellar start to her sophomore campaign, notching best times in the 50 free (21.19), 100 free (46.56) and 200 free (1:44.40) at the mid-season Mizzou Invite.

She kept the fast times coming at the SEC Championships, where she threw down the fastest relay split in history* at 20.27 to help Arkansas earn a 4th place finish. Individually, she placed 2nd in the 50 free (21.44), 200 free (1:42.35), and 100 free (46.20). In the 100, that put her at the #3 performer all-time.


In 2017, Hopkin won the 50 free at the British Swimming Championships. She went on to represent Britain at the World University Games that summer.

2021 European Championships

Hopkin had a sensational meet in Budapest, racking up 5 medals including 4 golds as a part of Britain’s stellar relay core and a bronze individually in the 100 free.

2020 Olympic Games

At her first Olympic Games, Hopkin started off in the 4×100 free relay. In the heats, she split 52.65 in Britain’s heat-winning effort to move to finals. In the final, Hopkin led-off in 53.16, helping Britain to a 5th place finish.

Hopkin was back in the 100 free, putting up a 52.75 in prelims to not only record a personal best and move to semis, but also break the ‘super-suited’ British record that had stood since 2009.

2023 World Aquatics Championships (Fukuoka, Japan)

Hopkin had a decent showing at Worlds. She led off the heats 400 free relay in 54.10 and did the same in finals with a 53.67 as GBR finished 4th. She then anchored the prelims mixed 400 medley relay in 53.39 and the finals relay in 52.86. Individually, Hopkin was 24.61 to qualify for the semis 6th in the 50 free but missed the final with a 24.73. Her prelims time would have qualified. 

Earning her sole medal of the meet, Hopkin was a solid 53.30 on the mixed 400 free relay as Britain took 3rd and set a European record. Keeping up her relay duties, she anchored the 400 medley relay with a 53.11 to help Great Britain barely qualify for the final.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 400 Mixed Free Relay 2023 World Championships
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2020 European Championships
Gold 400 Medley Relay 2020 European Championships
Gold 400 Mixed Free Relay 2020 European Championships
Gold 400 Mixed Medley Relay 2020 European Championships
Bronze 100 Free 2020 European Championships
Silver 200 Mixed Free Relay 2019 Short Course European Championships
Bronze 400 Freestyle Relay 2018 Commonwealth Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Free 24.34 07/27/19 2019 World Championships
Gwangju, South Korea
lcm 100 Free 52.75 07/28/21 2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo, Japan
scm 50 Free 23.70 12/15/18 SE Winter Championships
Sheffield, England
scm 100 Free 51.90 12/06/19 2019 European Short Course Championships
Glasgow, United Kingdom
scy 50 Free 21.19 11/20/19 2019 Mizzou Invitational
Columbia, Missouri
scy 100 Free 46.20 02/22/20 2020 SEC Championships
Auburn, Alabama
scy 200 Free 1:42.35 02/20/20 2020 SEC Championships
Auburn, Alabama
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