15-Yr-Old Flynn Southam Lowers 49.55 100 Free Aussie Age Record

AUSTRALIAN AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUS)

  • April 7th – April 12th
  • Prelims at 9am local/Finals 6pm local
  • Gold Coast Swimming & Aquatic Centre
  • Non-Olympic Qualifying Event, but impacts junior selection for int’l meets
  • Live Results

After Elizabeth Dekkers already put on a show last night in the women’s 200m fly here at these Australian Age Group Championships, today it was 15-year-old Flynn Southam‘s turn.

Competing in the men’s 100m freestyle for his age group here at the Gold Coast Swimming & Aquatic Centre, Bond’s Southam scorched a new lifetime best of 49.55 to take the event by just under 2 solid seconds.

His outing dropped .10 off of his own previous impressive age record from last December when he hit 49.65 to overtake Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers’ age record.

Splits for Southam’s previous speedy swim from December included 24.51/25.14 while tonight’s time was comprised of 24.23/25.32.

Prior to his December performance, Southam had never before been under the 50-second mark, let alone the 52-second mark. The kid’s personal best in this event previously stood at the 52.52 he logged at the 2019 Queensland Championships.

For perspective, Jacob Whittle of GBR hit a time of 49.97 as a 15-year-old, while Romania’s David Popovici was 49.82 as a 14-year-old. The latter has dropped that PB down to 49.26 as a 16-year-old now.

As another angle, consider that Southam’s 49.55 tonight would rank the Bond teen as the 2nd fastest man ever in the 15-16 age group in U.S. history, sitting only behind Caeleb Dressel’s 49.28 and now bumping up ahead of Destin Lasco’s 49.67.

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Robbos
4 days ago

Wow what a swimmer, this guy is only 15 years old, 49.55.

Last edited 4 days ago by Robbos
Gheko
Reply to  Robbos
4 days ago

Could be the next big thing, He seems to have his head screwed on as well!

Troyy
Reply to  Robbos
4 days ago

Maybe he’ll keep on this trajectory and make his first international team next year.

Jackman
4 days ago

A couple other good swims for the 17 year old boys – 100m Back Isaac Cooper 54.5 (age record) and 200m free Sam Short 1:47.6

Corn Pop
Reply to  Jackman
4 days ago

Kai 1.49 is on track also for good things.

Troyy
Reply to  Jackman
4 days ago

Also Buckingham (1:02.08) and Petric (1:02.76) now 2 and 3 in 16 yo 100 BR behind Wilson.

M d e
4 days ago

Surprising to me that Kyle Chalmers didn’t go faster at 15 given he was 50-mid at 14 and then 48-mid at 15.

49.55 is a crazy swim at 15 by any measure though.

Samesame
Reply to  M d e
4 days ago

48-mid at 16 I think

M d e
Reply to  Samesame
4 days ago

Yes my bad. Too many age groups to keep in order!

Troyy
Reply to  M d e
4 days ago

48-mid at 16 you mean?

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