13 Year Old Kate Harrison Posts 1:00 100 Fly at Australian Age Day 2


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On the 2nd day of the 2018 Australian Age Champs, freestyle star Ariarne Titmus was a no-show again, signalling that she may not be competing in the meet at all following her triple gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games a couple weeks ago.

There weren’t any age records on day 2, but there were plenty of impressive swims. Kate Harrison won the girls 13 100 fly by 2.01 seconds, posting a speedy 1:00.98 to claim the title. Harrison was out very fast, hitting the 50 mark in 28.19, and fell off a bit coming home in 32.79, but finished in a great time overall. While she was 1.01 seconds off the Australian 13 and under record of 59.97 by Yolane Kukia, that is the fastest time in the world this year for a 13 year old.

Csongor Cellie won the boys 16 400 free with a 3:55.96, running down runner-up Silas Harris (3:56.67). Cellie was slightly behind Harris going into the last 50, but outsplit Harris 28.19 to 29.09 on the final 50, charging into the wall first. Sophie Healy won the girls 13 200 IM in a tight race, posting a 2:20.61. Elizabeth Deckers came in 2nd with a 2:20.99, Ella Ramsay came in 3rd in 2:21.37, Kate Harrison came in 4th with a 2:21.78, and Anna Lee was 5th in 2:21.93.

17-year-old Leon Macalister won the boys 17-18 100 back with a 55.89, getting his hand on the wall before runner-up, 18-year-old Lewis Blackburn (56.28). Macalister split 27.29/28.60. Jesse Coleman won the boys 13 100 fly with a 58.74. He out-touched William Salmond (58.91) after splitting a full second faster than him on the 2nd 50, 30.74 to 31.74.

Brendon Smith (17) won the boys 17-18 400 IM with a 4:20.07, passing runner-up Nathan Robinson (4:20.44) on the free leg to claim victory.


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What 13 year olds in the US can challenge that? Who’s the closest so far?


Most USA age groupers haven’t done a tapered LCM yet this season. According to the USA swimming data base our fastest 13 year old girl swimmer last season (ending in 8/29/17) was a 1:00.89


Yes I know, was just curious to see with some pro meets and since LC is starting now.

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Pretty sure Cassidy Bayer was 59.00 at 13


We’re talking about this year not all time..

Cassidy’s best time at 13 was 59.99. She was 59.00 at 15, though.

Best times for 13 and unders in SWIMS database (which is not all-encompassing, but more recently is pretty full):

Yichun Wang, China – 58.40
Suzuka Hasegawa, Japan – 59.71
Felicia Lee – 59.72

Not included in there is Russian Aleksandra Sabitova. I don’t know exactly when her birthday is/was, but she was born in 2004, so her 59.32 in 2017 must’ve been when she was either 12 or 13.


Mind-blowing; The British age 13 record is 1.02.50 – set just a few months ago – But that is by default as BS use the ‘age on 31st December’ system. The fastest swim by a British 13yo I can find is a 1.01.28 by Ellen Gandy.

I can’t fathom sub 60s by 13 years olds.

British Swimming will actually let you filter by age on date of swim if you want to. Here’s the all-time 13 year olds rankings by date of swim: https://www.swimmingresults.org/eventrankings/eventrankings.php?Pool=L&Stroke=11&Sex=F&TargetYear=A&AgeGroup=13&AgeAt=A&StartNumber=1&RecordsToView=25&Level=N&TargetNationality=X&TargetRegion=P&TargetCounty=XXXX&TargetClub=XXXX

Gandy’s 1:01.28 does take the cake, you’re right on there.

I wonder if swimmers in the UK get a later start in the sport, so they’re not as advanced at those young ages.


I’d believe that. Soccer is so dominant there most kids probably just grow up wanting to play soccer and maybe they branch out later


It’s an interesting topic that I’ve commented on before.

Serena & Venus Williams’ dad would be a social pariah in Britain – He coached his girls religiously, as young athletes, and that is a huge taboo here. In Britain, children do sport for fun, and expectations are a bit of a no-no over there – suggest any hope of sporting success for your child and the phrase ‘pushy parent’ and judgemental eyes will be flying your way in no time. That’s the fundamental reason in my opinion – It isn’t until young swimmers hit 14/15 that we start thinking of them as potential elite athletes (imo) and apply the appropriate, manageable workload to develop their talent.


Too bad Flee never cranked out a good one. Didnt know she was 59 at 13! She was very consistent throughout her career.


Claire Curzan is one to watch this summer.

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How do you find NAG records ( long Course ) for 15 year olds ( not combined with 16s etc) ? In Australia we have it listed for each seperate age group

Joel – it can’t officially be found in the US, but it can be deduced in some cases. The USA Swimming database allows you to search by a single age and is pretty reliable back to about 2005 for all ages, a little longer for national-level meets: https://www.usaswimming.org/times/event-rank-search

Then you can put two-and-two together, with known age group best times from the all-time top 100 lists, from older swimmers, and come out with a solid guess in many events. In other races its impossible to know for sure, with some swimmers like Sippy Woodhead having times from the 70s that still stand against today’s age group swimmers.

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