2020 QUEENSLAND SC CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, September 25th – Sunday, September 27th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- SCM (25m)
- SwimSwam Meet Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap
- Live Results
16-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan has had a breakout meet here at these Queensland Short Course Championships, already having surpassed her own career-best times in several events. For instance, she took down a 200m back Aussie Age Record already with her 2:05.45 swim, which you can read about here.
Tonight’s 50m backstroke was no different, with the St. Peters Western standout cracking a wicked-quick mark of 26.52 to easily top the 16-year-old age category’s final here in Brisbane. Her time slices .01 off of 100m backstroke world record holder Minna Atherton‘s former Aussie Age Record of 26.53, a time she put on the books back in 2016. That time also stood as the Queensland state record and All Comers record for the age.
Entering this 3-day meet, O’Callaghan’s lifetime best in this 50m back was represented by the 27.15 she logged at the 2019 State Team Championships. Flash forward to tonight, and O’Callaghan’s time blows that time to bits with her first-ever sub-27 second swim of 26.52.
Putting O’Callaghan’s swim tonight into a broader context, she now ranks as the 5th fastest Australian performer all-time in this women’s 50m backstroke, at just 16.
Aussie Women’s SCM 50 Backstroke Performers All-Time
- 25.81 Minna Atherton 00 Brisbane Grammar Oct’19 Budapest
- 25.83 Emily Seebohm 92 Brothers Dec’14 Doha
- 25.98 Marieke Guehrer 86 Melbourne Vicentre Nov’09 Stockholm
- 25.99 Holly Barratt 88 Rockingham Oct’19 Budapest
- 26.53 Mollie O’Callaghan 2020
Of note, O’Callaghan was named to the NY Breakers roster for International Swimming League (ISL) season 2 but withdrew due to Australian travel restrictions. For perspective, O’Callaghan’s 26.52 from these championships would have placed 5th in the ISL Las Vegas final, capturing 4 points using the season 1 scoring.