15-Year-Old Elizabeth Dekkers Clocks 2:08.51 LCM 200 Fly At QLD C’ships


Day 2 of non-relay action at the 2019 Queensland Championships brought a huge swim by teenager Elizabeth Dekkers of Newmarket Racers.

Prior to this meet at Brisbane Aquatic Center, the 15-year-old had never before been under the 2:10 threshold in the 200m fly event, having clocked a lifetime best of 2:10.42 to place 5th at this year’s World Junior Championships.

This morning Dekkers got the ball rolling with a swift heats mark of 2:10.48 to take the top seed by over 10 seconds. Then, come tonight’s final, the teen turned on all the jets to produce a winning effort of 2:08.51, knocking down the Queensland and Queensland All Comers Records in the process.

Splitting 1:02.06/1:06.45, Dekkers’ time of 2:08.51 not only got her the gold, but it also checks her in among the Aussie greats, sitting just outside the top 10 performers ever in the event. The aforementioned QLD records were previously held by Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves at 2:10.42, as a testament to how elite the previous standards really were.

For additional perspective Dekkers’ time would rank her 6th on the United States’ all-time performers list for 15- AND 16-year-0lds. Her 2:08.51 also would have given her the silver in Budapest at the aforementioned World Junior Championships.

Dekkers now owns the overall Australian national age record for 15-year-olds with her breakout performance.

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Corn Pop
11 months ago

Best thing is Elizabeth is from a relatively unknown program. They had another girl on he world jnr team so things are looking up for them .

Reply to  Corn Pop
11 months ago

Newmarket racers have had many very good swimmers

11 months ago

She looked incredibly good. One to watch

11 months ago

It’s good to see some good young female flyers coming up in the US and Australia. The 200 fly has been the weakest women’s event for a few years now.

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