Former KU swimmer takes red-carpet lap alongside bestie Taylor Swift

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Abigail Anderson’s star continues to shine, thanks in no small part to her world-famous BFF, Taylor Swift. Anderson, ’12, accompanied her megastar pal to the Grammy Awards Sunday night, lighting up social media chatter, including a shout-out on Cosmopolitan magazine’s Twitter feed.

Anderson, a backstroke and butterfly specialist while a member of KU’s swimming and diving team, can claim bragging rights of her own: She posted the second-fastest times in KU swimming history in the 100 backstroke (53.48 seconds), 200 backstroke (1:57.26) and 100 butterfly (53.47), all at the 2011 Big 12 Championships, and as a freshman in 2009 she swam the butterfly leg on relay teams that set school records in the 200 (1:38.45) and 400 (3:38.85) medley relays at the Big 12 meet.

So perhaps Anderson’s pool prowess isn’t entirely responsible for luring 126,000 followers on Twitter (@abiander) and 166,000 on Instagram (@abigail_lauren), but at least she’s still making a splash.

To read more about Anderson’s Grammy gala, visit

Chris Lazzarino
KU alumna Abigail Anderson with Taylor Swift at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

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