Anna Hopkin Splits Fastest 50 Free Relay Start Ever in 200 Free Relay at 20.2 (RACE VIDEO)

Anna Hopkin split the fastest 50 free ever in the 200 free relay at SECs. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Arkansas senior Anna Hopkin swam the second leg on the Razorbacks’ 200 free relay and split a 20.27 on the second leg at the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. That split put her as the fastest woman in history over 50 yards from a relay start, wiping out Stanford’s Simone Manuel and Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil’s identical 20.45’s from the 2018 and 2019 NCAAs respectively.

Hopkin blew those swims out of the water as she nearly broke 20 seconds. She will be swimming the 50 free final later on tonight alongside Tennessee senior Erika Brown, who led off Tennessee’s relay at 21.15. The individual NCAA record in the 50 freestyle is a 20.8 set by Abbey Weitzeil in December 2018. Based on what we have already seen tonight from Brown and Hopkin, that time could be lowered later on tonight.

Hopkin is a native of Preston, England and was a final at the World Championships in the 50 free last summer while representing Great Britain.

 4 Arkansas                      1:28.39    1:27.93 A       52  
     1) Melton, Kobie M SO            2) r:-0.05 Hopkin, Anna SR      
     3) r:0.43 Moore, Molly SO        4) r:0.32 Sansores DeLa Fdrea SO
    r:+0.63  10.96        23.03 (23.03)
           32.45 (9.42)       43.30 (20.27)
          54.07 (10.77)     1:05.74 (22.44)
        1:16.39 (10.65)     1:27.93 (22.19)

The race can be viewed below. Arkansas is in lane 2 at the bottom of the screen with Hopkin swimming the second leg. Amazingly, Anna Hopkin didn’t perform the step-over relay start that has become so popular in sprint relays.

Fastest Relay Splits Ever For Women in SCY:

50 FreeAnna HopkinArkansas20.27Auburn, AL2/19/2020
100 FreeSimone ManuelStanford45.45Greensboro, NC3/19/2015
200 FreeMallory ComerfordLouisville1:39.14Columbus, OH3/14/2018
50 BackMaggie MacNeilMichigan23.02Minneapolis, MN2/23/2021
50 BreastLilly KingIndiana25.36Bloomington, IN3/20/2019
100 BreastLilly KingIndiana55.66Bloomington, IN3/21/2019
50 FlyKate DouglassVirginia21.95Knoxville, TN11/20/2020
100 FlyErika BrownTennessee49.11College Station, TX2/17/2018
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Rick Stanfield
4 years ago


Ja Bounce
4 years ago

Stroke count per 25 – 14/19 (23.03), 11,16 (20.2),13,17 (22.44), & 12/16 (22.19) = 1:27.93! Solid discipline on starts, turns & streamlines off walls!!!

Tonnie Denning Bules
4 years ago


Thomas A. Small
4 years ago

Congratulations great job

Wendy Flack
4 years ago

James Holloway this was the british girl i was telling you about

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