Canadian Olympic Trials Runner-Up Olivia Anderson Reloads Georgia’s Distance Squad

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The University of Georgia’s Class of 2021 grew again with a verbal commitment from Olivia Anderson. Anderson hails from Mississauga, Canada where she is a distance swimmer training under Kevin Thorburn at Etobicoke Swimming.

Anderson will bring a wealth of experience with her to Athens. At Canadian Olympic Trials in April, Anderson finished runner up (8:38.34) to Georgia Bulldog and NCAA Champion Brittany Maclean in the 800 freestyle. This summer at Junior Pan Pacific Championships, she was a leader for the Canadian team. Anderson touched third in the 800 freestyle (8:32.34), fifth in the 400 free (4:14.20) and second in the 1500 (16:18.66).

Anderson shared with Swimming World,

“I am so excited to announce my commitment to the University of Georgia! I couldn’t be more grateful and excited for this amazing opportunity. UGA is an amazing place with even better people. I think it is the perfect place for me to grow as a swimmer, student, and as a person. Go Dawgs!”

Her best times are (LCM/SCY conversion):

  • 200 Free 2:05.46/ 1:50.90
  • 400/500 Free 4:14.20/ 4:42.67
  • 800/1000 Free 8:32.84/ 9:39.50
  • 1500/1650 Free 16:18.66/ 16:03.98

Those converted times would have made Anderson an A finalist in the 500 and 1650 freestyle at last year’s SEC Championships where the Bulldogs finished third. At the 2016 NCAA Championships Georgia won the title, and Anderson could have scored points. Her converted mile time would have placed 12th last year. MacLean finished second in the event (15:39.29). Emmaline Peterson is another commitment to the Class of 2021 who will help rebuild the distance hole left by the Canadian Olympian.

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