FREYA Anderson continued her stellar summer with three medals at the European Aquatics Championships in Rome over the weekend.

The former Ellesmere College swimming star was part of the Great Britain team crowned champions in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle.

Coming off the back of a busy summer, the team had to wait until day three of the competition before they topped the podium.

It was Anna Hopkin, Freya Anderson, Lucy Hope and Medi Harris who teamed up to retain the European title.

Great Britain were in third after Hope’s opening leg and Hopkin then made up one place after a solid swim.

Harris closed the gap on the third leg as she chased down the race leader before handing over to Anderson to bring it home.


Anderson began the charge right from the off and her superb anchor leg saw the team finish in a time of 3:36.47 and win gold from out in lane eight.

It was also a third medal for Anderson, who now has a bronze, silver and gold medal so far at the championships.

Anderson earned her second-ever individual European medal, and her first of this competition, with bronze in the Women’s 100m Freestyle final.

The 21-year-old won bronze in the 200m Freestyle at the event in Budapest last year and now doubles her medal tally so far in this year’s championships.

Anderson struck silver as part of the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team on the opening day and continued her good form on day two.

After being fourth fastest going into the final, she stepped up her performance to make the podium places.

It was a strong finish to the race from Anderson which saw her clock a time of 53.63 – just 0.01 away from securing the silver medal.

After the race, Anderson said: “The race went to plan which is not something that usually happens, but I’m really happy with the bronze.”

On the close finish for silver, she added: “I couldn’t actually see the board so I didn’t know it was that close, but I’m really happy just to get a bronze and get the ball rolling individually, so I’ll take that.”