Freya Anderson Becomes 6th Fastest British 50 Freestyler Ever With Heat Swim


After flying to a quick start at this 2020 Flanders Cup last night, 18-year-old Freya Anderson fired off a new personal best in the prelims on day 2 here in Antwerp.

In yesterday’s finals, Anderson produced the quickest in-season 100m free time of her career, logging a winning effort of 53.81. This morning, the teen was back at in both the 200m and 50m free events, taking the top seed in each.

In the former, Anderson notched a morning effort of 1:58.78 to register the only sub-2:00 time of the prelims field. That mark already checks-in as the Ellesmere Titan’s 5th fastest time ever, perhaps giving us a glimpse into another big performance tonight.

The same may hold true in the 50m, where Anderson scored the top seed in a quick 25.06. That outing from the heats overtakes Anderson’s previous personal best of 25.06 notched at the 2019 British Championships.

With her effort this morning in the splash n’ dash event, however, Anderson now ranks her as the 6th fastest British 50m freestyler of all-time, with the final yet to take place in a few hours.

1 Francesca Halsall Co Liverpool 90 Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow 1 26/07/14 23.96
2 Anna Hopkin Ealing 96 The 18th FINA World Championships Gwangju, South Korea 1 27/07/19 24.34
3 Alison Sheppard Milngavie &B 72 Commonwealth Games 2002 Manchester 0 02/08/02 24.68
4 Amy Smith Wyre Forest 87 British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 London 1 10/03/12 24.80
5 Emily Barclay Loughboro Un 97 British Summer Championships Sheffield 1 26/07/18 24.94
6 Freya Anderson Ellesmere Co 01 2020 Flanders Cup 25.06

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1 year ago

1.56.06 for Anderson just now in Belgium; 1.5s PB, half a second off Jo Jackson’s 2009 NR. Feels like I’ve been waiting for her 200fr to click for a lifetime – Another woman with sub 1.55 potential in Tokyo imo.

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Huge improvements by Anderson in this season, as noted at the European SC in Glasgow (but already at the Isl races she sent good signals). Like in that final at Glasgow, when she upset Pellegrini with a sizzling last 50m, also in today race she was conservative at 100 m (57.34) to close with a great 29.15.
1.56.06 on January is really impressive and I think that there will be more to come from Anderson.

Reply to  nuotofan
1 year ago

In full agreement. Brilliant coaching by Alan Bircher and all the team at Ellesmere too – They’ve really taken their time and laid the foundations for her future, wherever that may be.

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