Louise Hansson

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Louise Hansson is a world championship medalist and 2-time Olympian for Sweden. She swam for the University of Southern California, where she won 3 individual NCAA titles.

Youth Career

Hansson competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro and helped team Sweden finish 5th in both the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relays. Her best individual finish came in the 200 IM where she finished 29th with a time of 2:15.66.

She was part of the silver-medal winning 800 freestyle relay at the 2014 FINA Championships. That relay also broke the European Record. At the 2014 European Championships, Hansson swam in the 4×100 freestyle relay that ended up taking the gold. She is also a two-time junior European Champion in the 50 butterfly.

College (Southern California)

2016-2017

To finish off a successful freshman season, Hansson helped Southern Cal finish ninth at the 2017 NCAA Championships. She got third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.45. She also competed in the 200 IM where she finished seventh and 100 freestyle where she won the B-final in a 47.30. On the last day, she lead off the Trojans’ 400 freestyle relay with a time of 47.07 and they got in fourth place.

2017-2018

In Columbus, Hansson competed in the 100 and 200 butterfly and all five relays. She won her first individual title in the 100 butterfly and joined the sub-50 club with a time of 49.90. On the last day, she finished third in the 200 butterfly behind Ella Eastin and Katie Drabot.

2018-2019

In Federal Way at the PAC-12 championships, Hansson went 3-for-3 in individual events, including breaking the NCAA and US Open records in the 100 fly, clocking a 49.34 for the fastest time in history. She also won titles in the 200 IM ((1:52.50) and 200 fly (1:50.68), breaking the championship record in the former.

In Austin, Texas, Hansson set the NCAA, US Open and Pool records in the 100 butterfly, winning in 49.26. She also set the pool record in the 200 butterfly (1:50.28) in another gold medal winning effort and finished fourth in the 200 IM (1:52.14).

Hansson also was part of USC’s third place 800 freestyle relay and on the ninth place 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay team.

Loughborough University

On April 22, 2020, Hansson announced that she would be pursuing her masters while training and competing at the University of Loughborough.

International Career

2019 World Championships

In Gwangju, Hansson made her first individual A final in the 100 fly. In Semi-finals, she registered a personal best of 57.10 to make the final, where she went 57.16 to place 7th overall. She also swam on the 6th place 400 free relay and 7th place 4oo medley relay.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2015 World Championships
Silver 800 Freestyle Relay 2014 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2012 European Championships
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2014 European Championships
Silver 800 Freestyle Relay 2014 European Championships
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2014 European Championships
Bronze 400 Freestyle Relay 2016 European Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 100 Fly 49.26 03/22/19 2019 NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas
scy 200 Fly 1:50.28 03/23/19 2019 NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas
scy 200 IM 1:52.50 02/28/19 2019 PAC-12 Championships
Federal Way, WA
lcm 50 Fly 25.84 04/03/19 2019 Canadian Trials
Toronto, Canada
lcm 100 Fly 57.10 07/21/19 2019 World Championships
Gwangju, South Korea
lcm 100 Back 1:00.35 04/03/19 2019 Canadian Trials
Toronto, Canada
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