2019 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, December 4th – Sunday, December 8th
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
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British 18-year old Freya Anderson turned in 6th place at the 150 meter mark of the women’s 200 free final on Saturday, but made up a second-and-a-half over the last lap to win in 1:52.77. In the process, she broke her own British Record in the event, clearing the 1:53.33 that she swam 2 weeks ago at the European Derby meet of the International Swimming League.
Prior to that swim, Fran Halsall held the record for a decade in 1:53.79.
The eyes did not fool in this swim: Anderson’s race was much more of a back-half effort than we usually see to her. Specificallly, she was at 1:25.46 after 150 meters on Saturday, as compared to 1:24.70 that she split at 150 meters in her previous record swim. But she made it all back up in that last 50 meters.
|1ST 50||1ST 50||2ND 50||3RD 50||4TH 50||TOTAL TIME|
|Fran Halsall||Former British Record – 2009||26.70||28.27||29.23||29.59||1:53.79|
|Freya Anderson||Old British Record – 2019||26.84||28.92||28.94||28.63||1:53.33|
|Freya Anderson||New British Record||27.02||29.24||29.20||27.31||1:52.77|
This goes down as Anderson’s 2nd individual gold of the meet, after a 51.49 in the 100 free earlier this week. She had no major international, individual senior level medals in her resume prior to this meet, though she had a few junior-level golds and relay golds previously.
”I’m overwhelmed and really happy as I did absolutely not expect this medal,” Anderson said after the swim.
Anderson beat-out the Meet Record holder and two-time defending World Champion in long course Federica Pellegrini, who finished 2nd in the race in 1:52.77.