Laura Stephens Swimmer

  • DOB

    2 Jun 1999
  • Coach

    David Hemmings
  • Club

    British Swimming Performance Centre, Loughborough
  • Main event

  • Best result

    European Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 4
    • 5
    • 3

Laura Stephens has become an established butterfly specialist on the British team in recent years, with 2021 bringing her Olympic debut in Tokyo and a maiden senior international medal, and 2022 continuing her success with the athlete making more trips to the podium.

Stephens was involved in all three senior international competitions over the summer of 2022. Her first outing at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest - her highest finish of tenth place coming in the 200m Butterfly. She then turned her attention to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as she joined Team England to add two medals to their tally; a bronze in the 4x100m Medley Relay, before a sensational individual performance in the 200m Butterfly to see her take silver. The European Aquatics Championships in Rome was the final stop of the summer for the athlete, with her fourth place finish in the 200m Butterfly her only outing of the competition.

Laura put in two brilliant performances at the 2022 British Swimming Championships to claim gold in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly in closely contested finals at Ponds Forge. 

At the Tokyo Olympics, Stephens swam the 200m Butterfly, finishing just outside the final spots in a very respectable 10th place in what was her debut at such an event.

The former Plymouth Leander swimmer - who moved to the British Swimming Performance Centre, Loughborough after Tokyo 2020 - powered under the Olympic consideration time in the Women's 200m Butterfly at June's British Swimming Glasgow Meet to book her place on the plane to Tokyo, a month after earning her first European title as part of the victorious Women's 4x100m Medley Relay team in Budapest. 

A breakthrough swim at the 2019 British Swimming Championships in the 200m Butterfly - which saw her secure a silver medal, as well as bronze in the 100m Butterfly - earned Stephens her maiden spot on the Great Britain World Championships squad going to Gwangju, where she finished a very creditable eighth place in the 200m Butterfly.

A year earlier the London-born swimmer produced a lifetime best time to qualify for her debut senior international outing,  representing Team England at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast; the Plymouth-based swimmer again made the final in her main event, before helping her nation to fourth in the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
100m Butterfly 2021 57.98
200m Butterfly 2023 2:06.62
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
100m Butterfly 2018 57.62
200m Butterfly 2018 2:04.94
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Butterfly 2021 - Tokyo 2:09.49 10th
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Butterfly 2023 - Fukuoka 2:07.27 7th
Women's 4x100m Medley Relay 2023 - Fukuoka 3:58.95 9th
100m Butterfly 2022 - Budapest 58.71 15th
200m Butterfly 2022 - Budapest 2:08.47 10th
200m Butterfly 2019 - Gwangju 2:09.35 8th
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Butterfly 2022 - Rome 2:08.47 4th
50m Butterfly 2021 - Budapest 26.92 28th
100m Butterfly 2021 - Budapest 58.45 10th
200m Butterfly 2021 - Budapest 2:09.42 6th
4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:54.01 Gold
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Butterfly 2022 - Birmingham 2:07.90 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2022 - Birmingham 3:59.44 Bronze
100m Butterfly 2018 - Gold Coast 1:00.18 15th
200m Butterfly 2018 - Gold Coast 2:11.46 8th
British Swimming Selection Trials
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Butterfly 2021 - London 57.98 Silver
200m Butterfly 2021 - London 2:09.53 Bronze
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Butterfly 2023 - Sheffield 58.14 Silver
200m Butterfly 2023 - Sheffield 2:06.62 Gold
100m Butterfly 2022 - Sheffield 58.43 Gold
200m Butterfly 2022 - Sheffield 2:08.11 Gold
100m Butterfly 2019 - Glasgow 58.82 Bronze
200m Butterfly 2019 - Glasgow 2:07.96 Silver
100m Butterfly 2018 - Edinburgh 59.44 5th
200m Butterfly 2018 - Edinburgh 2:10.00 Silver