2019 STOCKPORT METRO NOVEMBER MEET
- Friday, November 14th – Sunday, November 16th
- Life Leisure Grand Central, Stockport
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The 2019 Stockport Metro November Meet could also be named The Freya Anderson Show, as the 18-year-old Ellesmere Titan raced her way to 7 individual titles over the course of the 3-day affair.
The versatile teen took on the sprint freestyle and fly events, but also tried the 200m IM and 400m free on for size, displaying the 2017 World Junior Champion’s range of talent and skill in the short course meters pool. When all was said and done, Anderson established 4 new personal bests and entered into the all-time British performers’ list in 3 events.
Anderson took the 100m free in a new PB of 52.50, splitting 25.31/27.19 to get her hand on the wall first. That checks Anderson in as the 3rd fastest British performer in history in this SCM event, sitting only behind national record holder Fran Halsall’s 51.19 from 2009 and Anna Hopkin’s 52.00 scorcher from last December.
Anderson’s newly-minted PB in the 200m free of 1:54.15 here also moved her up in the top 10 British performers’ list in slot #3 at just 18 years of age. Splits for Anderson in this 2free race in Stockport included 55.67/58.48 in what is fast becoming a solid rival event to her 100m free specialty.
Halsall once again holds the top time ever for a British female in 1:53.79, while #2 belongs to Siobhan-Marie O’Connor’s 1:53.82. Anderson is now the #3 British SCM 200m freestyle performer on the all-time list.
Anderson’s additional list-entering performance came in the form of her 50m free, where she won by over 2 seconds in a career-quickest mark of 24.57. That makes her the 6th fastest Briton of all-time in the SCM edition of the event.
Her additional performances at this Stockport Metro meet included a time of 2:13.30 in the 200m IM, 26.74 in the 50m fly and 4:05.79 in the 400m free, bringing Anderson’s total gold medal haul to 7 individual top finishes.
Ellesmere teammate Charlie Hutchison was another multi-winner, reaping gold medals across the 200m IM (2:02.31), 400m IM (4:19.11) and 200m fly (2:03.77) as a 17-year-old.
Nova Centurion’s Freya Colbert finished behind Anderson in both the 200m free and 200m IM, touching in respective efforts of 2:01.09 and 2:16.43 after having topped the 400m IM podium in 4:39.11.