16-Year-Old O’Callaghan Hits 52.48 SCM 100 Free Aussie Age Record


Although she finished off the podium in the women’s 100m freestyle at these Australian Virtual Short Course National Championships, 16-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan made her presence known in a big way.

Competing against the likes of Olympic medalists and World Record holders Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell, and Madi Wilson, St. Peters Western’s O’Callaghan fired off a lifetime best in the 100m free to hit a time of 52.48 en route to placing 5th.

Splitting 25.20/27.28, O’Callaghan’s time of 52.48 laid waste to her previous PB of 52.99, a time she just registered leading off her Brisbane Bisons relay at the Aussie Relay Blitz last month. As such, tonight’s outing represents just the 2nd time she’s been under 53.00, with her prior PB sitting at 53.10 before the blitz.

O’Callaghan’s 52.48 PB here now checks-in as a new Aussie Age Record for 16-year-olds, surpassing McKeon’s 52.63 from 2010. She and McKeon are the only two Aussie 16-year-olds to ever dip under the 53-second threshold in the SCM version of the 100 freestyle event.


O’Callaghan was set to be a member of the NY Breakers for International Swimming League (ISL) season 2, however, she, along with most all Aussies, withdrew due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

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5 months ago

She at an age where is is taking huge chunks of her PB every time she swims, big chance to make 100 & 200 relays for Tokyo to help set her career up for next Olympics.

5 months ago

Respect for a 100m record in the country of McKeon, Campbells, Trickett and Henry!

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5 months ago

Although Jodie was a lot better in LC!

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5 months ago

In 2007 Jodie was accepted by Simon Cusack to train with a very fast 14 year old named Cate . Jodie turned up but saw the pool was 25m & left. As Then i subtly suggested , Jodie was better in LC .

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